Monday, January 31, 2011

Welcome New Member Frenchman Hills Winery

I am pleased to welcome our newest member, Frenchman Hills Winery, to the FWWS. Here is some information on them:

The first commercial vintage of the Frenchman Hills Winery was the 2005 crop year with grapes from the Estate Owned Sentinel Gap Vineyards. Frenchman Hills Winery was licensed in January 2007.

Frenchman Hills Winery owner Norman Myrick and viticulturist/winemaker Larry Myrick take pride in the 100% varietally correct production. Focusing on the Ultra Premium Tier 1 and Premium Tier 2 full bodied red wines, the wine making style is a handcrafted fruit forward expression of the vineyard. The best grapes are hand selected for the Ultra Premium Tier 1 Program which includes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. The Premium Tier 2 Program includes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Red Wine (a blend of 51% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Syrah).

Shortly after bottling in January 2007 the Winery had a limited release of the 2005 vintage. This limited release was for test marketing and for a blind judging by Wine Press Northwest of the Tier 1 Syrah and Tier 1 Merlot. The Spring 2007 Spring edition of Wine Press Northwest rated the Tier 1 Syrah as Excellent and the Tier 1 Merlot as Recommended. Even with the successful l test marketing and extremely high ratings of the very young red wines, the winemaker decided to place the 2005 vintage back for cellaring and proper aging.

Frenchman Hills Winery formally released the 2005 vintage in October 2009. The Tier 1 Syrah was submitted to the 2009 Tri Cities Wine Festival for its annual blind tasting and was awarded the Bronze Medal. The Tier 2 Red Wine was submitted to Wine Press Northwest for blind judging. The Red Wine received a Recommended rating and was written up in the 2009 Winter edition.

The Winery is self distributed by agents to high end restaurants, wine shops, destinations resorts and direct shipping to retail customers and club members.

Welcome to the org!

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