Fall Release Weekend is Almost (Finally) Here!

This weekend, we are expanding both our tasting menu and the bottles that we have available for sale.

Firstly, it is the grand release of Janice, the Walla Faces 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has a core of ripe fruit that leads to an opulent but focused mid-palate. It is well built with fine grain tannin that allows it be be both balanced and expansive, lingering on the finish. This is a lush Cabernet that will age gracefully for a least 10 years.

We also have a special addition to our Tasting Menu that will be available for this weekend only. The Matthew, the Walla Faces 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, is our wine-club member exclusive wine. It is made from the free run of our estate grapes and is placed in 100% French Oak barrels. This wine possesses terrific ripeness. It is beautiful and surprisingly sweet with well-integrated tannins, plenty of black and blue fruit flavors, full body, and great balance. Although this wine is exclusive to wine club members, anyone who drops by this weekend will get a chance to taste this amazing wine. And, of course, wine club members (including new members!) are welcome to walk out with as many bottles as they would like. Although, since we only made 176 cases of this wine, it is sure to go fast!

Finally, we are releasing the 2006 Fusion, a Cab Blend, and the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon in the Magnum size. These 1.5 liter bottles will be perfect for the holiday season. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, be sure you ask about these bottles next time you are in the Walla Faces Tasting Room.

Although we are normally open for tastings between 1 and 6pm, for this weekend only we will be open from 1 to 7pm!

Drop by our Tasting Room at 216 East Main St. to get your hands on these new releases.

Behind the Scenes at the Walla Faces Wine Club

 

As many of you are already aware, last week Walla Faces was hard at work packing up wine club shipments! It’s always a big endeavor to get wine club shipments out to our wine club members, who live all across the United States. We thought we would show you a little bit of what goes on at wine club shipment time behind the scenes.

This is the first wine club shipment that has included a bottle of Matthew, the 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. This complex, full-bodied wine is made from the free run of the Walla Faces Estate Cabernet grapes and available exclusive to wine club members. We only made 176 cases of the wine! Because this was the first shipment to include a Reserve Cab, we pulled out all the stops. Both Matthew Loso, our winemaker, and Candice Johnson, our artist, signed every single bottle of Reserve Cab! It made for both elegant bottles and very sore hands.

A polished black and white folio gave our wine club members an update on Walla Faces, information on how to best enjoy some of our new wines, and, of course, warm wishes from Rick and Debbie, the owners.

Although we only ship every six months, we spend all year brainstorming on ways to make our wine club even more special. This shipment, we included beautiful handmade glass winestoppers that looked even more stunning against our striking labels.

Bottles With Wine Stoppers

Don’t our Cabernets look beautiful adorned with these wine stoppers? In addition to our Reserve Cabernet, our wine club members received a special early release of the Janice, our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Janice will be released to the public later this year.

Everything all packed up and ready to go! Each case looks a little difference because we tailor our shipments to your preferences.

It was hard work, but we have finished and gotten our wine club members their packages, save for a few Walla Walla residents who haven’t picked up their shipments in the Walla Faces Tasting Room just yet.

If you are interested in learning more about the Walla Faces wine club, check it out on our website here. Alternatively, if you are in Walla Walla, drop by the Tasting Room at 216 East Main St.! It’s not too late to get some awesome holiday specials available only to wine club members.

Fall Release Sneak Preview: Magnum Bottles!

If you have dropped by the Walla Faces Tasting Room in the past few days, you have probably noticed the large bottles on the edge of the counter. “Magnum”, which means “extra-large” in Latin, is the term for these generously sized bottles. A standard bottle of wine holds 750 milliliters. A magnum holds twice as much– 1,500 ml, or 1.5 liters.

Magnum

Magnum and a bottle of our Fusion

Wine takes longer to age in a magnum bottle because there is a greater ratio of wine to air. This ratio allows the wine to develop evenly and smoothly. Many wine experts believe that the size of a magnum bottle allows the wine to age with grace, increasing its complexity and sophistication.

Walla Faces is preparing for Fall Release, where we will be offering some of our most beloved older vintages in the magnum size. The 2006 Janice, a classic Walla Walla-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2006 Fusion, a delicious blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Syrah, were two of the Walla Faces wines that helped give us our start. For long-time fans, this is an opportunity to try some of your favorite wines again, and to see how the magnum bottle enhanced their flavor and richness. For people who have been introduced to Walla Faces more recently, it is a chance to try a limited re-release of older vintages that are otherwise no longer available. Because wine in magnum bottles takes longer to mature, we have allowed our magnum bottles to age for an additional two years to ensure that they will have developed perfectly.

Magnums and bottles of Fusion and Cabernet

Magnums and Bottles of Fusion and Cabernet

Magnum bottles are the perfect addition to large events. You might want to consider bringing a magnum bottle of Walla Faces wine to Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner, or other holiday celebrations. The wine lovers at your table with certainly be impressed!

Walla Faces Magnums will be available for $99 apiece starting Fall Release Weekend, November 2-4, 2012.