Three years after Red Mountain wine pioneers John Williams and Jim Holmes “hit water,” nearby Teresa Owen’s folks “struck water” for their Oliver family farm on April 20, 1975. In time, her parents sold a peach orchard that became E & E Shaw Vineyards, and now Teresa is making small lots of red wine that she and her husband, Jeff, serve to customers at the end of the trail rides on horseback that she leads along Ambassador Road and beyond. This early effort from a classic vintage in Washington showcases much of what Red Mountain stands for with a deep theme of Bing cherry, sage and dustiness. There’s very little influence of oak as substantial yet sandy tannins finish with grace and a lick of cordial cherry.
Production: 30 cases