The Originals works with Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Riesling, the top-producing varietals of Washington State. East of the Cascade Mountains, a rain shadow creates the perfect climate for viticulture. The grapes benefit form varied microclimates, while experiencing exceptionally long, sunny days and cool nights. Volcanic ash and sandy loam soils contribute to firm tannins and structure in the finished wine. The result is great acidity, ripeness and full flavour.
Fruit is sourced from Washington’s premier AVAs. The steady winds of Columbia Valley AVA’s Horse Heaven Hills stresses the vines and creates thick skinned-fruit that is the backbone of The Originals red wines. The silt-loam of the Yakima Valley imparts flavour and well-defined acidity to the grapes that grow there. The Wahluke Slope is one the driest and warmest growing regions; the extreme heat here develops rich ripe fruit expression and intense colour. Finally, the distinct soils of the Walla Walla Valley hold moisture exceptionally well. When paired with a dramatic diurnal temperature shift, the result is concentrated and well-pronounced flavour.