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Foundry Fire: Amazing Walla Walla Bargain

Posted by Tom Gable Posted on Jan - 31 - 2013

foundry-fire-red-bottleDear Enotecans,

We’re constantly tasting new wines to source for you, looking for great deals at the price points covered by the Wine of the Month Club.  A few months ago we ran across a beauty, but due to quantity issues we couldn’t source enough for wine club.  We did get some however, before the winery sold out, and we highly recommend you try it.  Since this is an excellent candidate for cellaring, with a price point many of us can afford to cellar, I recommending buying up more than you normally would of something like this, and hiding some away!

Walla Walla Wines

50_russell There’s a certain flavor that wines from Walla Walla exhibit, something I can’t find words for, a certain “je ne se qua” of the palate.  The wine we’re offering today has that big brash Walla Walla profile in spades, and at a price that is half of what you would normally pay to get this type of flavor.  It reminds me of the greatness of Pepperbridge, Reininger, Leonetti, Boudreaux and Walla Walla Vintners, all of whom make incredible wines like this one, but Foundry manages to put it in a much better priced bottle. Rich, lush, full of an entire berry medley of flavors, that waft of smokiness, the dark chocolate component…  It’s all there.  Decant it or Vinturi for full effect, and definitely buy more than you need right now so you can cellar it for at least a few years, to unlock everything it has to offer.

If you’re a fan of the Walla Walla flavor, do not miss out on this wine!

The wine is sourced from the estate Stonemarker vineyard planted in 1998, as well as Bacchus and Sagemoor vineyards.  Besides their own plantings, the Bacchus and Sagemoor vineyards have a long pedigree of delicious wines sourced there, lending further credence to the value of this wine.

Foundry Fire Red

red-winefoundry-red-2008Foundry Fire Red 2008
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)

The 2008 Fire Red is a beautifully balanced wine that exhibits rich red fruit in the nose and on the palette. The mouthfeel is filled with expressions of strawberry, cracked pepper and chalky tannins. Subtle dark undertones present themselves mid-palette. This bright, young wine is fully enjoyable now yet will gain more nuance and complexity with age.

Member: $22.49 / Retail: $24.99 / Member Case Each: $21.24 – Order online here.

“The Fire Red is a four grape Bordeaux blend, with an interesting flavor mix that runs through red and black berries, cassis, cedar, smoke and dark chocolate. The 21 months in barrel (French and American) shows well, and the fruit and acids balance nicely against the roasty toasty espresso in the finish. Give it an hour or two to breathe and the midpalate fills in nicely.”

~Paul Gregutt

DOUBLE GOLD WINNER at the 2012 Seattle Wine Awards!

Flavors and aromas of rich red fruit with hints of strawberry, cracked pepper and chalky tannins. Merlot 54%, Cabernet Sauvignon 28%, Malbec 9% and Cabernet Franc 9%. Enjoy now or cellar to let the wine get more nuance and complexity with age.

Member: $22.49 / Retail: $24.99 / Member Case Each: $21.24 – Order online here.

More about Foundry Vineyards: Art + Wine

foundry-blend-of-art-and-wineThe combination of art and wine is the foundation upon which Foundry Vineyards is built. Mark Anderson and Squire Broel have focused their energies towards formulating a unique experience, which expands the dialog about the creative processes that underlie the making of art and wine. With this creative and intentional blending of the two practices Foundry Vineyards has created a place that opens the possibility for greater exposure to create experiences. There is a distinctive aesthetic to each aspect of the winery from the art-driven Artisan Blend labels and the gallery-like tasting room to the spare, urban feel of the adjacent contemporary sculpture garden.

At the beginning of 2011 Anderson and Broel made an additional tangible step towards realizing their vision by hiring winemaker Ali Mayfield. Her education, work experiences, and determination made her a perfect fit for Foundry Vineyards. As Mayfield puts her individual mark on the wines, they will be identified by a nuanced blending of tradition and innovation.

Mark Anderson and Squire Broel each grew up in Walla Walla and continue to share their creative work with their community. Anderson was a ceramic major at Whitman College and is the founder of Walla Walla Foundry. Broel majored in studio art with an emphasis on painting at Seattle Pacific University and has been exhibiting his work nationally and internationally since 1994.

Foundry Vineyards began in 1998 as somewhat of a hobby when Mark Anderson planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes on 3.5 acres on his residential property. Initially, most of the grapes were sourced out to other Walla Walla wineries, but in 2003 he decided to hold back some of the fruit to create a small amount of wine that would commemorate the work of his clients at the Walla Walla Foundry.

The inaugural vintage, a blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes from Stonemarker Vineyard, featured label artwork by renowned artist Jim Dine. The relationship between Dine and Anderson has been forged over twenty years, and it only seemed fitting that the first vintage celebrated their friendship.

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