For a Song’s fruit is selected from sites throughout Washington by folks who truly understand and appreciate the terroir of the region. This careful consideration resonates through every glass of these delicious wines.
Along with their passion for great wine, they also love to slow down and listen to the music. For a Song winemaker Kyle Johnson has 10 years of viticulture and winemaking experience in Washington state. Upon completion of his degree in viticulture at Washington State University, Kyle joined the team at Chateau Ste. Michelle in 2000. Continuing extensive training and winemaking courses at UC Davis, he became the winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle at their Canoe Ridge Winery in 2002.
Kyle’s varietal blends are grown from some of Washington state’s finest appellations, including Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley and Snipes Mountain. With grapes handpicked at their optimal flavor profile and juice fermented at cooler temperatures for longer periods, the wines exhibit softer tannins and retain more varietal character.
2011 Chardonnay, $11.99
Aromas of sweet melon and ripe green apple burst from the glass, accompanied by light tropical and citrus notes with a subtle touch of butter. On the palate, the citrus flavors continue along with a slight hint of juicy peach. The wine is well balanced with lively acidity and a light mineral backbone. A crisp, clean, and mouth-watering Chardonnay, it is extremely versatile with food or beautiful to sip and enjoy on its own.
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, $16.99
Most of the fruit for this Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a site on the Wahluke Slope, just outside of the Yakima Valley appellation. Winemaker Kyle Johnson opts for a minimalist approach in the cellar, guiding this wine gently through fermentation with little or no intervention. This allows the fruit to showcase the best of this exceptional region. Bursting with ripe cherries, black currants, tanned leather and dark chocolate, this Cabernet Sauvignon is plump and velvety on the palate with gentle tannins, structured fruit and a long, rich finish. The perfect foil for barbecue ribs, classic meatloaf or grilled steak.
2011 “The Score” Merlot, $17.99
The grapes for “The Score” are carefully sorted and destemmed before a long fermentation at lower temperatures. This allows the bright fruit flavors to be preserved. The wine is gently pressed off the skins to give it a velvety texture, while keeping the tannins fine and the overall structure in balance. “The Score” offers lush, concentrated aromas of wild plums, red cherry and blackberry. On the palate, the fruit flavors mingle with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and leather. Brilliant concentration with a soft, elegant lingering finish. “The Score” is primarily Merlot with a touch of Petit Verdot and Syrah.
2009 “The Melody” Red Rhône Blend, $17.99
The Melody is a classic-styled, Grenache-based Rhone blend combining Mourvedre and Cinsault. The addition of Counoise and Petite Sirah gives it dimension. Opulent notes of raspberry and Bing cherry are layered with hints of sweet vanilla, clove and gentle spice. A light hint of black pepper and Herbs de Provence harmoniously complete the melody.
2011 Petite Verdot, $17.99
For a Song’s Petit Verdot is only produced in exceptional vintages from premium sites. The thick skins of the Petit Verdot grape are densely colored and full of flavor. Winemaker Kyle Johnson uses an extended maceration to extract the optimum balance of tannins, taste and texture. The grapes are harvested from small plots all within the Yakima Valley region. After fermentation, the wine spends 18 months in 100 percent French oak barrels, layering warm vanilla into the luscious fruit. Floral notes of violets and lilacs fill the glass with rich blueberry and blackberry following through on the palate. An underlying earthiness melds with small accents of tobacco and leather. Sweet vanilla and baking spice linger on the layered long finish. A real treat for Petit Verdot lovers!