Spring Release Tasting – May 16, 2-5 PM

RSVP for the Lobo Hills Release Tasting 

Come celebrate with us as we host our spring release tasting: Saturday, May 16. We will be releasing our: 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley, 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Lonesome Springs Ranch (concrete fermented and aged), 2014 Cabernet Franc Rose, Yakima Valley, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, 2012 Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope. You can find descriptors for these wines further down.

In addition, we will pour a handful of our other current releases. Time is 2-5 p.m. Ticket price is $15/person. To RSVP, please see below.

Small Bites –  As is our habit, we will be pairing our wines to food from Tilikum Place Cafe…

Location: The Kitchen –  This year, our spring tasting will be in the eclectic Pioneer Square neighborhood at The Kitchen, 309 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104.

RSVPs and Ticket Purchase: To RSVP or buy your tickets, please go to http://lobohillsspring.eventbrite.com, email Tony at tony@lobohills.com, or call 206-240-9009.

New Releases – May 2015

2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley – Our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc comes from the vineyards of Lonesome Springs Ranch near Benton City (60%) and Airport Ranch near Sunnyside and Grandview (40%). This wine was fermented dry in stainless steel and aged “sur lie” for four months. This wine lifts with aromas of fuji apples, grapefruit and peaches. The wine is full and lush in the mouth with a surprising updraft of acid that refreshes the palette, giving way to flavors of melon and gooseberry.   Production: 390 cases Cost: $16.99

2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Lonesome Springs Ranch, Yakima Valley – Our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Lonesome Springs Ranch, is one hundred percent a single-vineyard expression of Sauvignon Blanc. This wine was fermented and aged in a 187-gallon concrete egg, imported from France. This oblong aging vessel allows the wine to breath while imparting minerality to the wine. This highly limited release is full and lush and exudes flavors of white rose, red grapefruit, elderberry blossoms and honeydew melon. Production: 72 cases Cost: $24.99

2014 Cabernet Franc Rose, Yakima Valley – The 2014 Rose is 100% Cabernet Franc, crushed and destemmed and then lightly pressed to reflect the pale salmon color of the very best French roses. The wine was aged “sur lie” for four months to add creaminess to the mid-palate. The wine has aromas of strawberries, watermelon, red roses and anise. The palate blends food-friendly acid with gentle notes of cranberries and a lingering aftertaste of a cherry-dark chocolate dessert. Production: 311 cases Cost: $15.99

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley – The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon blends cabernet sauvignon from the eastern edge of the Yakima Valley appellation, Red Mountain and Walla Walla to create a food wine with aromatics of plum, cassis, tea, anise and sagebrush. The wine is rounded out with a dash of malbec, cabernet franc and petit verdot. The wine aged in new French oak (50%) for 16 months. Production: 309 cases Cost: $21.99

2012 Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley – The 2012 Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon visits the famed Wahluke Slope for its fruit sources. The 2012 Syrah comes from the sloping grounds of Stonetree Vineyards and the cabernet sauvignon comes from sandy soils of Aranises. This is a rich, opulent wine with aromas of fig, date, mint, straw, sweet cigars and milk chocolate. The wine spent 24 months in equal parts new and aged oak barrels.  Production: 99 cases Cost: $34.99


2012 Sauvignon Blanc Named Best in State!

Only Winery to Win Such a Title  Two Consecutive Years in a Row

The results from the 9th Annual Seattle Magazine Washington Wine Awards are here, and Lobo Hills’ 2012 Sauvignon Blanc was ranked as the best Sauvignon Blanc $20 and under, beating out some serious contenders, including Guardian, Efesté and Cedergreen. Overall, our Sauvignon Blanc ranked as the third best white wine in the state, following Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Eroica Riesling, Woodward Canyon’s Chardonnay and tying for third with Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling. As the relatively new kid on the winery block, we are humbled to have been so honored. Last year, our PGR White Wine was ranked as the Best White Blend, $20 and under.  As the curious reader, you might say, “Wait, but you do not submit for awards or scores,” and you would be correct. We do not. Our wines were submitted to this competition by our dear friends who are wine stewards at several local prestigious wine shops. We, again, are humbled that they considered our wines worthy.

For more information, you can download this little SB Poster 2014 on the award or find a copy of the August 2014 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Winery of the Year – Compass Wines – Anacortes, WA

Doug Charles, owner of Compass Wines in Anacortes, Washington, huddles with his staff every year and together they rank their favorite wines and winery. One lucky winemaker will have their wine name “Wine of the Year.” Another lucky winemaker will have their winery named “Winery of the Year.”

No retailer is better equipped for such a task. Doug will not take offense if I say he is a veteran in the wine business. In January 2013, he was given the Walter Clore Honoriaum by the Washington Wine Commission in their annual “Washington Wine Awards.” In January 2014, Compass Wines received a Grand Award as one of our state’s top retailers.

Therefore, we were not a little shocked to learn that Compass Wines awarded us their “2013 Winery of the Year.” Their piece on us from their newsletter follows:

2013 Washington Winery of the Year

Lobo Hills

Tony Dollar from tiny Lobo Hills came to us out of the blue this year and we frankly did not know what to expect. What we got was a really serious selection of reds and whites that pretty much blew us away. He had 4 different wines nominated by the staff for this list, which is hands down the most we have ever seen from one winery. A really important discovery for all Washington wine lovers.

For more, see Compass Wines.

Vineyard Line

Lobo Hills is pleased to announce the release of our new vineyard line. The wines under this label are from single vineyards or from site-selected vineyards that are listed on the bottle. All were crafted for food and released in highly limited quantities. More information is on our wine page, but below is an example of the new label.

Front - Syrah-Cabernet

PGR White Blend News – Lobo Hills is pleased to announce that our 2011 PGR White Wine was selected as the Best White Blend from the Columbia AVA. Our 2009 Right Bank Blend was a finalist in the red blend category. Each August, Seattle Magazine ranks the Best Wines from Washington state’s Winegrowing Regions. This ranking is done blind by our region’s leading sommeliers and wine stewards. Please note that Seattle Magazine misprinted that the vintage year as 2010. PGR’s first release was 2011. Nonetheless, Lobo Hills is excited to see our PGR White Wine honored. Alas, our 2011 vintage is sold out; but, our 2012 vintage (same blend) is available for purchase through us directly or at various retail locations, including Pike & Western Wine Shop, PCC Natural Markets and other locations.

For more information on the awards program, please see: Seattle Magazine

2011 PGR Brand

Lobo Hills 2010 White Blend, Columbia Valley, $16

The Columbia Valley spans most of eastern Washington, from the southern tip of Lake Chelan in the north to the Columbia Gorge in the south, encompassing the Yakima Valley east to Walla Walla. There’s no one description that is sufficient for wines that come from this area. But one factor is consistent: The area has hot days, but nights are cool during the ripening period, which helps grapes keep their fresh flavors and acidity. Growers can control almost every drop of water with irrigation, which makes for more crop predictability and less chance of flavor dilution in the wines. This white blend of Pinot Gris (50 percent), Gewürztraminer (40 percent) and Riesling (10 percent) focuses on the cooler-climate grapes grown in the Yakima Valley area of the Columbia Valley AVA. Bright and aromatic, this blend of three Alsatian grapes mixes the sweet fruit and floral aromas of Gewürztraminer with lean minerality of Riesling and soft peachiness of Pinot Gris.
Columbia Valley White Blends, $20 or Less Finalists:

Bergevin Lane 2010 Calico White, Columbia Valley, $14
Eye of the Needle Harvest White NV, Columbia Valley, $9.99