Our Grapes

We strive to ensure the highest quality grapes at our vineyard, and do not use harmful chemicals on or near the plantsIMG_2463. We have Certified Clean Vines purchased from Inland Desert. Our soil and plants are tested at Soil test lab in Moses Lake, WA.

We currently grow 9 grape varietals, most of which are traditional in Bordeaux-style blends.
Reds: Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Whites: Orange Muscat, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc.

 

Grape Varietal Characteristics

Merlot wines are versatile, and the grapes can produce a multitude of flavors such as vanilla, smoke, mushroom, earth and cedar depending on the aging vessel.

Cabernet Franc boasts of interesting fruity and vegetal dimensions such as strawberry, red plum, roasted pepper and even chili pepper. It produces wines similar to those of the Merlot grape.

Cabernet Sauvignon wines differentiate themselves for having striking savory aromas of black pepper and green peppercorn. When fermented, the grapes produce a medium-bodied wine with moderate acidity and tannins.

Malbec wines have a characteristically deep red color, ample levels of tannin, and a plum flavor component that adds complexity to claret blends (wines made in the Bordeaux style). They also do well as a stand-alone grape, producing a fruity, smooth wine popular for pairings.

Petit Verdot grapes add a deep and earthy dimension to any fermentation. Single variety wines made with petit verdot are very rare. They are typically grown as blending grapes for Bordeaux-style wines, and FVV follows that tradition.

Orange Muscat grapes have brilliant, tropical fruit flavors like pineapple and papaya, and have a great nutty finish. As with all muscats, these grapes produce fun, sweet wines.

Pinot Gris wines are well-known for their refreshing citrus notes which are often accompanied by aromas of peach and nectarine.

Riesling wines are highly acidic and are famous for an aroma reminiscent of diesel or petrol. Petrol aside, they are often described as tasting of stone fruit and tropical fruit, and are often quite floral. Our recent Riesling vintages had a distinct jasmine note.

Sauvignon Blanc grapes distinguish themselves from other whites for having green and vegetal notes. FVV believes their grapes lend themselves well to malolactic fermentation which produces a lovely buttery note in the wine.

*visit wine folly for an in-depth description of grape varietal aromas/flavors.

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