NATURE'S GIFT TO WINE
When people think of Washington State, they think of Seattle; of coffee and hipsters…and rain. Lots and lots of rain. But east of the Cascades — the volcanic mountain range that divides the state — the air is cowboy movie dry, sunny days average 300 per year, and annual rainfall is a scant 5 inches. The stinginess of nature may seem unforgiving, but it’s a gift to our winemakers; one of control over irrigation which forces the grapes to struggle — a necessary penance on their journey to becoming great wine. READ ON
CHASING RAIN WINES
The 2018 Chasing Rain Cabernet Sauvignon is pure Red Mountain. Scorching days and gusty nights imbue this wine with hints of cherry cola, rich mocha and tasty vanilla. And while it’s perfect with a great steak or lamb chop, its long dark cherry finish might just tempt you to have it for dessert.
2018 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
This 2018 Red Blend from Chasing Rain is intense yet smooth, with complex notes of cherry, mocha, star anise and baking spices. Given the limited rainfall in Red Mountain, our winemakers are able to carefully control irrigation to reveal this vibrant yet structured wine.
2018 RED BLEND
While still elegant, the 2018 Chasing Rain Merlot bursts with juicy fruit. Plums, blackberries and cherries make this a chewy mouthful balanced with subtle notes of cola, mocha and vanilla. Take time to relish this wine with a cheese and salumi charcuterie, spaghetti bolognese or balsamic pork tenderloin.
CHASING RAIN WINES
Eastern Washington is home to Chasing Rain, where annual rainfall is a scant 5 inches — a gift, actually, that gives our winemakers more irrigation control over the grapes. Combined with the our rare soil composition, unique geology and gentle breezes, the dry air and notable heat profile yields more consistent, more intense wines.
CHASING RAIN WINE COLLECTION
Red Mountain, Washington
THERE'S JUST ONE RED MOUNTAIN
Bordeaux, Tuscany, Napa Valley, Mendoza. Familiar names to most, and accompanied by lasting memories for some who know them not solely as places but for the extraordinary artwork that comes from each — that which can be poured and savored and looked forward to again.
Where wine comes from is as important as who makes it, because it’s the specific and combined characteristics of a region’s climate, soil and topography that form the foundation upon which the the grapes are coaxed to whatever pinnacle they may achieve, and from which the process of making the wine itself depends.
In the case of Red Mountain, situated in the far corner of Washington State’s arid Yakima Valley, these elements have formed a confluence of perfection — a blend of sand, silt and rock left behind by 15,000-year-old receding glacial floods; an idyllic heat profile; steady breezes from the west; and a scant 5 inches of annual rainfall allowing vintners to control the vine's nourishment in a manner that elevates and intensifies the grape rather than the canopy.
All this leads to consistently extraordinary wines, including many 95- to 100-point Red Mountain vintages. Each year, we aspire to be among them.
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