MikeL's Guide to WA Wineries
Oakwood Cellars -- Wines
The Wines: (Spring 1997)
Oakwood Cellars produces six varietal wines; some winery reserve wines
and an occasional "special". In some years the growing season
produces grapes that are perfect for specialty wines. Since special
growing conditions are required, these wines are not always available.
Ask us, you may be in for a special treat.
This famous French grape is done in the old Burgundian style. Barrel
fermented, it remains on it's yeast lees for approximately one year.
Each week the barrels are swirled with a special "baton" to produce
that extraordinary flavor created only by lees fining. This wine is
finished dry, crisp, with buttery oak overtones. This is a special
wine for Chardonnay lovers. (1992/1193 blend.)
- 1996 Riesling:
This grape also originates in Germany. Oakwood Cellars produces a
semi-sweet Riesling. Cold fermentation and special yeasts or Oakwoods
secret to award winning wines. Rieslings are especially good with
spicey foods and compliments fruit and cheese dishes as well. Also
try the Late Harvest Riesling dessert-wine (see below).
- 1994 Merlot:
Pronounce this one "mer-low". It is a grape from the Bordeaux area of
France. This grap produces a soft, delicate red wine. Oakwood
Cellars combine the best of both worlds in oak barrel aging
procedures. Our Merlot is aged approximately 12 months in American
oak barrels. The American oak brings out the youthful fruitiness of
the Merlot grape yet the subtle complexities of the wine. This wine
is excellent, even in it's youth. Bottle agin will continue to make
this even a greater wine for years to come. Our Merlot compliments
any red meat, cheese, pasta and is superb with fine chocolate.
- 1989 Cabernet Sauvignon:
The greatest of the French Bordeaux grapes, this varietal excell on
Red Mountain. Oakwood Cellars selects only the highest quality
premium Cabernet Sauvignon grapes which are fermented in open vats at
warm temperatures to enhance flavor and deep red color. After oak
barrel aging for up to two years, we finish the Cabernet as a
full-bodied, complex wine. The fruitful flavor of Oakwood Cabernet is
exceptional. Bottle aging will enhance this great wine. It
compliments red meat, pasta, cheese and, of course, fine chocolate
- 1992 Lemberger:
The origin of this unusual red grape is Germany. It grows extremely
well in the Yakima Valley of Washington. Lemberger vines are far more
vigorous dur the growing season and excell in areas where Cabernet and
Merlot cannot. A relative newcomer to the American scene, only a
handful of Washington Wineries produce Lemberger as a varietal wine.
Oakwood Cellars is proud to be one of these select few. Our Lemberger
is fermented to produce a rich flavor and deep red color. We age
Lemberger for twelve to twenty-four months in American oak barrels to
accent the fruitiness of this wine. A delightful medium-bodied red
wine to be enjoyed with pasta, lamb, meat and cheese dishes.
- 1995 Late Harvest Riesling:
- Lemberger Blanc:
100% Lemberger grapes pressed off the skins immediately and fermented
to a slight sweetness. Beautiful bouquet with a great pink color.
The varietal flavor of the Lemberger grape comes through with
wonderful fruit flavors and aromas. Sip it or serve with spicey
foods, or a picnic lunch, and is great with appetizers. We liked it
with corned beef and cabbage!
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