Aanpama 2017 Pedigree
50% Estate Sangiovese / 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Winner: Friends of Maryhill Museum Blind Tasting — 2005 vintage
Winner: Marcus Whitman Blind Tasting — 2015 vintage
Sundale, Columbia Valley, WA. Estate Sangiovese planted 2002.
Tudor, Yakima Valley, WA. Cabernet Sauvignon planted 2007.
- Owner & Manager: Peggy Hoag
- Consultant: Andrew Schultz, Klipson Vineyards. (Klipson was named one of the Top 25 Vineyards in the World by Wine & Spirits magazine. Their grapes are used in many of Washington’s premium wines.)
- Origins: Aanpama is the Yakima Sahaptin word for sundial, literally meaning “for sun.” This is possibly the origin of the area’s name, Sundale.
- Climate: Sundale Vineyard’s terroir results from the shallow soils, 300 days of sun, frequent winds, Columbia River frontage, and rim-rock backdrop. Shallow soils enable the roots of the vine to grow directly into the basalt rock. Formed from rapidly cooling lava, basalt is rich in magnesium and iron and is very near the surface at Sundale Vineyard. High heat units and frequent sunshine make this site ideal for the Sangiovese varietal which prefers a long growing season.
- Heat Units may exceed 3,000/year
- Slope flat to slightly rolling
- Direction predominantly N/S
- Training Modified WA Sprawl
- Growing Season Mar. – Oct.
- Elevation 350′
- Vine Spacing 10′ x 5′
- Pruning System spur
- Harvest hand-picked
- Winemaker: Award-winning Richard Batchelor
- Aged: 18 mos. in new French oak
- Bottled: Feb. 18, 2020
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Production: 828 bottles
- pH: 3.65
- Remaining sugar: 0.02%
- Total Acidity: 6.38 g/L
Tasting Notes: With the Sangiovese grape predominant, this delightful “Super Tuscan” presents classic plum and raspberry notes and balanced tannins for a spicy, smoky finish that lingers on the palate.
Food Pairings: There is not much with which this wine does not pair. This celebration wine will complement rich seafoods, duck, pork, meat, pasta, and cheeses.