While celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Yakima Valley AVA, it makes sense to look at the wine from some of the early vineyards planted here. Flint Nelson, winemaker for Kestrel Vintners shares his impression of wines coming from a vineyard planted in 1972.
I just did the winemaker notes for our 2008 Old Vine Merlot. “Wow!” You know there is really something special about old vines. The wines they produce have a certain elegance about them that cannot be reproduced.
At Kestrel’s Estate Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, we are lucky enough to have Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot that were planted in 1972. It is pretty remarkable when you think about it; I was five years old and my wife had not been born yet when these vines were planted by one of the previous owners of our vineyard. I am not exactly a newcomer to the Washington wine scene, having worked in the industry for some twenty-two years now. However, nineteen years prior to my arrival, Mike Wallace and his father-in-law had the foresight to plant wine grapes amongst the apple orchards of the Yakima Valley.
I’ll bet they were the talk of the town. Fortunately, I am reaping what they have sewn, and produce elegant world class wines year after year from the vines that they planted so long ago. Cheers,
Flint Nelson, Kestrel Vintners