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Meet Wine Maker Matthew Erlandson Friday – Fjellene Cellars

Posted by Tom Gable Posted on Feb - 17 - 2012

Fjellene

Dear Enotecans,

Local superstar wine maker Matthew Erlandson is coming to Enoteca on Friday, February 17th from 4-7pm.  We’re pouring the wines on Saturday from 12-7 as well.  If you’re ever wondering what sort of tasting events we have coming up, check out the tasting event calendar on our website any time.

This is a drop-in tasting so just come on down and show up!   Matthew’s family lives here in Post Falls, so even though he makes wine in Walla Walla we consider him a local.  His wines are flipping incredible, and if you remember the inaugural release of his Merlot in the Wine Club you’ll know what I’m talking about.  He’s made wine at Beresan, Balboa, and for himself at Third Leaf and Fjellene.  This guy has got the goods.

Haven’t been to an Enoteca tasting yet?  Read what it’s like here.

Here’s what they say about themselves:

Fjellene Cellars is dedicated to crafting distinct, varietal-specific wines from Washington State with sustainability in mind. It is our mission to create elegant, approachable, food-friendly wines while delivering back to the earth. Pumice and stems are reduced to compost by local farmers; our lees are recycled into secondary, useable products; local craftsmen transform barrels over six-years-old into works of art; and natural cork closures are used on all our wines.  We are continuing our efforts by actively researching ways to incorporate local, post-consumer glass into our packaging.

We are a family-owned, family-operated winery that specializes in small, vineyard-designate lots. This allows us to concentrate on quality, terroir, and varietal.

Thank you for drinking Fjellene wines.  Skål

Matthew Erlandson

Here’s a sneak peek at the wines we will be pouring:

White WineFjellene Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)
This Sauvignon is made in a crisp, refreshing style. Light gold colored, it offers a striking nose of pear, melon, anise and lilac. The flavors are fresh and vibrant, enlivened by grapefruit and casaba melon fruits, and accented by stony minerals on a crisp finish that is counterpointed by a hint of fig. –Rand Sealy, Review of Washington Wines

100% Sauvignon Blanc from Les Collines Vineyard, Block 2

Red WineFjellene North Col Blend 2008
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)
This 50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot was released later than the South Col blend. It displays a deep ruby color and a smoky, sultry nose of wild blackberries and raspberries, black currants, dried roses, cigar box, sandalwood and incense. The palate shows the chewy, earth-dusted characteristics of the Cab Franc, intermixed with the minerally, direct fruits of the Merlot. The two varieties become infused into a background of roasted berries, bittersweet chocolate, mocha, and dried cherries on a sweet-dry tannin finish. —-Rand Sealy, Review of Washington Wines

50% Cabernet Franc & 50% Merlot from Waliser Vineyard

Red WineFjellene South Col Blend 2008
(Columbia Valley, Washington)
This wine displays a deep ruby color and enticing aromas of raspberry, cassis, plum mulberry, crushed roses and rubbed sage. The dark fruit flavors are deep and penetrating, laced with licorice, earth, mocha and Swiss chocolate. On the back, the plush texture continues, along with tones of semi-macerated berries, roasted nutmeats, orange peel and toffee laid on a lingering sweet-dry tannin finish.–Rand Sealy, Review of Washington Wines

75% Walla Walla Valley & 25% Columbia Valley

62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 13% Cabernet Franc from Yellow Jacket Vineyard, Waliser Vineyard, and Candy Mountain Vineyard

Red WineFjellene Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)
Sourced from the Waliser Vineyard, and blended with 20% Merlot, this Cabernet exhibits a deep ruby color and rich aromas of blackberry, cherry, cassis, dried roses, sandalwood and smoldering incense. The flavors are thick and chewy, interwoven with black licorice, roasted coffee beans and silty earth minerals, and spread out on the mid palate with roasted berries. The savory background reveals notes of dried cherries, orange peel, mocha and glycerin, followed by ripe, fleshy tannins on the deep, spicy (nutmeg, clove) and penetrating finish. –Rand Sealy, Review of Washington Wines.

80% Cabernet Sauvignon & 20% Merlot from Waliser Vineyard

Red WineFjellene Reserve 2008
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)
This 50/50 combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah comes from the Yellow Jacket Vineyard in “The Rocks.” Deep ruby colored, it emits a smoldering nose of blackberry, huckleberry and cassis with scents of crushed roses, lavender, tobacco, orange peel, spice and rubbed sage. The dark fruited palate combines the finesse of the Cabernet with the chewy texture of Syrah, underlain with the stony minerality of the “Rocks” terroir, and notes of bittersweet chocolate, licorice and French roast. The back reveals an infusion of framboise liqueur, macerated berries, mocha, bitter orange peel, dried grape skins, coffee grounds and roasted nuts on a savory sweet-dry tannin finish. –Rand Sealy, Review of Washington Wines.

50% Cabernet Sauvignon & 50% Syrah from Yellowjacket Vineyard

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