Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Buy Local, Give Local event this last Saturday! Together, we were able to raise $250 for Royal Family Kids in Pasco, and enjoy some great wine. It was such a fun time and we can’t wait to catch up with more of you. We are looking forward to warmer weather and sharing our Spring Releases here soon. Cheers!
2016 marks another amazing year at Kitzke Cellars! We couldn’t be more grateful for everyone that continues to support us and make this dream reality. The family vineyards continue to speak up, producing some of the Northwest’s top wine this year. Along with awards, our production has come full circle with our son Seth taking the reins on production. 2016 vintage is looking great and we are excited to share with you the things coming in 2017!
Wine Press Northwest “Best of the Best” Judging.
Platinum – 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon- We have always held back our big Bordeaux varietals at Kitzke Cellars, knowing how they gracefully age from Candy Mountain. With winning 4 straight Double Golds at The Seattle Wine Awards, this wine is no stranger to recognition. However, receiving its first Platinum Award was a big deal. Proving that these 18 year old vines are showcasing the very limited terrior of Candy Mountain consistently.
Double Gold awards include; 2015 Viognier, 2010 Monte Caramelle (Super Tuscan), 2012 Janaina Sensacao Red, 2012 Sangiovese, 2012 Malbec, & 2010 Syrah.
Tri-Cities Wine Festival
Gold – 2013 Syrah (Red Mountain), 2012 – Janaina Sensacao Red, 2012 – Monte Caramelle
Cascadia Wine Competition
Silver- 2013 Syrah, 2012 Cabernet Franc, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Seattle Wine Awards
Double Gold – 2015 Viognier, Gold – 2012 Janaina Sensacao Red, Silver – 2012 Cab Franc
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition
Double Gold – 2012 Cabernet Franc, Gold – 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest is a busy, yet rewarding time of year for the Kitzke family.
Waking up every morning to the crisp air and feeling the first light warmth of the sun peaking through the vines. The smell of the vineyard and fresh cut clusters surrounds you as you pick the mature grapes that you have been nurturing the whole year for this perfect moment. Hoping that you captured the perfect balance of sugar & acidity to express your terroir.
Relieved that half of the process is over, we continue forward knowing the next steps of obsession are starting: sorting, crushing, and monitoring fermentation. This is a very time consuming yet magical process. Simultaneously tasting the wines throughout fermentation while waiting for that perfect balance of flavor & tannin before it is pressed into barrels for the next two years.
We put our all into the vineyards & cellar in hopes of sharing another amazing vintage with you. Thank you for your continued support and inspiration. A big thank you goes out to everyone who volunteered their time to help us during harvest! We can’t wait to share the vintages to come! cheers!
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! We couldn’t say it enough. Your generosity helped us raise just under $16,000 dollars to send kids to Royal Family Kids Camp. Beating out last years total by $3,000 dollars! Thank you to all of the wineries that donated & volunteers that really made this event successful! Cheers!
2015 was an amazing year for us at Kitzke Cellars! From celebrating our 10th year as a winery to winning various top awards around the Northwest. Being recognized for producing some of Washington States best wine is an amazing feeling, but better than that is your support! We want to thank you for another great year and share some of our highlights with you.
2012 Janaina Sensacao Red
If you have stopped in the tasting room there is a good chance you have heard the story behind our Janaina Sensacao Red. Named after our adopted daughter from Brazil this wine (49% Cab, 29% Sangio, 14% Nebbiolo, 8% Petit Verdot) is a smooth drinker that works with the local Royal Family Kids Organization here is Washington. This year through your purchases and our annual Purse Action we raised just under $14,000 to help foster children in our area. Thanks for your help and lets continue to help kids that are less fortunate around us.
WINE PRESS NORTHWEST “Best of the Best”
2012 NEBBIOLO -PLATINUM-
Last year it was our Monte Caramelle Blend that took home the Double Platinum. This year we are excited to announce our Red Mountain Nebbiolo took home a Platinum award. This uncommon varietal to Washington is turning some heads and showing what Washington State is really capable of.
SEATTLE WINE AWARDS 2015
2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON -DOUBLE GOLD-
This is the third straight year winning a “Double Gold” for our estate grown cabernet sauvignon here on Candy Mountain. Winning this award 3 years in a row is an amazing feeling. Cabernet is the King of Wine and arguably the top grape in Washington State.
Seattle Wine Awards is the most notable wine competition in the Pacific North West. Bring in Masters of Wine, Sommeliers, Professors of Viticulture & Enology, Wine Directors, Wine Journalists and more. This adds up to 20 wine experts that will evaluate each and every wine on a blind basis.
We couldn’t have asked for better results this year at the 2015 SWA, receiving 6 AWARDS GOLD OR BETTER!
Double Golds include our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Syrah, and 2012 Malbec. Gold metals include out 2011 Cabernet Franc, 2010 Monte Caramelle, and 2012 Nebbiolo.
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (DOUBLE GOLD) – This is the third straight year in a row our estate Cabernet has won a Double Gold at SWA. Our estate block was planted in 2000 on Candy Mountain and just continues to preform beyond its years. Since its 7th leaf it has produced top tier quality and we are excited to see the maturity level continue to improve.
2010 Syrah (DOUBLE GOLD) – Syrah is arguably Washington States best varietal. Producing deep rich flavor profiles that greatly differ from each micro-climate with in our state and the ability to age for years. The quality of Syrah here is so high that this award really has us ecstatic!
2012 Malbec (DOUBLE GOLD) – Our Malbec has always been a limited release that shines in competition. From sourcing grapes in 2008 to now using our estate block out near Red Mountain this Malbec show cases the 2012 vintage perfectly. Great fruit reflecting the warm year, with solid acid and tannin structure that is true to the varietal. Mild tannins that are drinking good now but will only improve with age. We are only producing around 50 cases a year sold to our Candy Mountain Wine Club only! Cheers!
2012 Nebbiolo (GOLD) – This was a varietal we did back in 2005 and was too early for Washington’s market. Nebbiolo is a Italian varietal that we source from Red Mountain and age for 30 months in neutral oak. It is one of the few 100% Nebbiolo’s in the state and has become the tasting room favorite this spring. Lighter body on the palate with bright fruit/acid and strawberry rhubarb on the finish.
2010 Monte Caramelle (GOLD) – This Blend meaning “Candy Mountain” in French consists of 50% Sangiovese, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 17% Syrah. All grown right around that tasting room on Candy Mountain in Richland, Wa. The 2010 vintage has big shoes to fill, with our 2009 blend winning a “Double Platinum” in the Northwest Wine Press platinum judging. It is well on it’s way though!
2011 Cabernet Franc (GOLD) – From our 2008 vintage our estate Cabernet Franc has been a crowd favorite metaling at SWA every year. Consisting of 100% Cab Franc this wine has a great balance of fruit, pepper and terroir. 2011 was a cold vintage in Washington and there is a very limited amount (less than 40 cases)! Don’t sleep on this release!
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Don’t miss out on our annual Spring Wine Club party Sunday, June 14th! We are selling tickets now and only have a certain amount of spots available! “Uncle Earl” will be here again roasting the pig on the smoker, along with other great food. Our favorite band 3 Way Street will be here playing so bring your dancing shoes and lets get ready to boogie!
Tickets are $25 dollars and please contact us quick, as this event sold out fast last year.
Wine Club Only.
Yakima Valley Spring barrel 2015 was a blast! Friday was a great time and we got our pouring hands warmed up. Saturday was crazy, with so many people that had never been to our tasting room before. Meeting new people and keeping the glasses full is what it is all about. Sunday was a little more mellow, which lead to quality conversation and talking a little more in depth about our wines. Telling our story behind the newly released 2012 Janaina Sensacaø Red and 2012 Nebbiolo from Red Mountain. As expected our 2010 Double Gold Cabernet Franc was a hit and our 2012 Nebbiolo from Red Mountain was a crowd favorite. Our Double Platinum 2009 Monte Caramelle sold out, along with our 2010 Best of Class Malbec. (Don’t worry if your in wine club we have your shipment filled!) All in all the weekend was a great success and we met and reconnected with so many great people. Thank you to those who brought in purses for our Royal Family Kids fundraiser and cheers to those who grabbed bottles to share with family and friends!
2014 was one for the books at Kitzke Cellars! Celebrating a year of success and raising a glass to one of our most memorable years yet. A great vintage is in the works for 2014 and our 2009 & 2010 vintages are showing extremely well. We greeted 2015 by watching fireworks explode off the Space Needle and plenty of sparkling wine. 2015 marks Kitzke Cellars 10 year anniversary and we have something special coming your way. Although I have to keep you in the dark about this for now I will recap some of our 2014 stand out moments…
SEATTLE WINE AWARDS 2014
This years showing at the Seattle Wine Awards was awesome. Our Cabernet brought in another double gold for our 2009 vintage. We knew 2008 was going to be a hard year to match but we tried our best and it paid off. The back to back Double Gold Kitzke Cabernet is really starting to make a name for itself.
Next up was our 2010 Cabernet Franc, and it is a true stunner. This vintage was a little colder than 2009 and really brought out some amazing characteristics earning a Double Gold for itself.
Rounding things up is our 2009 Monte Caramelle Blend. This Tuscan style blend was awarded a Gold for its complex layering of Sangiovese 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, and Syrah 20%.
TRI-CITIES WINE FESTIVAL
Tri-Cities Wine Festival brings in sommeliers from all over the nation to judge the entries. It is judged in a blind format so an unbiased opinion is guaranteed. Kitzke Cellars took home Best of Varietal and Double Golds for our 2013 Viognier and 2010 Cabernet Franc.
Other awards include; 2010 Cabernet Gold, 2012 Nebbiolo Silver, 2013 Rosé Nebbiolo Silver, 2010 Monte Caramelle Silver, 2011 Sangiovese Silver.
WINE PRESS NORTHWEST PLATINUM
On Christmas Eve we received a early Christmas present. We received the news that our 2009 Monte Caramelle had received a Double Platinum award from Wine Press Northwest. Since 2000 Wine Press Northwest has been taking Double Gold and Gold metal wines from 35 or more wine competitions and then judging the best of the best. If you are interested in learning more about the way this contest is judged check out Wine Press NorthWest article HERE.
MOST IMPORTANTLY WE WANT TO THANK YOU OUR CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS FOR HELPING US THROUGH ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR. WHETHER YOU PART WAS HELPING WITH EVENTS & THE TASTING ROOM, OR JUST SHARING A GLASS WITH US. YOU ARE OUR INSPIRATION AND PEOPLE ARE WHAT WE CARE ABOUT AT KITZKE CELLARS.
Cheers to a new year!
Kitzke Cellars did great at this years Tri-Cities Wine Festival! Taking home Best of Varietal and Double Golds for our 2013 Viognier and 2010 Cabernet Franc. Other Awards include 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Gold), 2010 Monte Caramelle Blend (Silver), 2011 Sangiovese (Silver), 2012 Nebbiolo (Silver), and our 2013 Rosé of Nebbiolo (Silver).
This competition brings in judges from all over the west coast to judge the wines in a blind format.
We are excited and can’t wait to share a bottle with you! Can’t find it in your neighborhood? We ship! Contact the tasting room for more information. 509.628.9442
The Beautiful Vickie Kitzke & Linda Loscoe were on hand to keep your glass full!
BEST OF CLASS ESTATE CABERNET FRANC & OUR VIOGNIER.
ALL THE WINES WALKED AWAY WITH SOME HARDWEAR!