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!