Alluvium is one of the newest addition to the wineries in Woodinville, and their tasting room is gorgeous, and put together. Relatively new winemaker Tyson Trautmann is delivering highly ambitious rhone and Bordeaux blends with innovation, and precision. Sourcing includes French Creek Vineyard (Yakima Valley), Diamondback Ridge (Rattlesnake Hills), Coyote Canon (Horse Heaven Hills), and Red Mountain Railroad.
I particularly enjoyed the 2021 Apricity, a intriguing white blend of Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Rousanne, their 2022 Armogan (rose), and their 2021 Agerasia, an interestingly Cab Franc dominant blend. Finally, I was lucky enough to sample the monster of a grenache, 2021 Alyssum. Read on for the full tasting.
Blend of Marsanne, Grenache blanc, Viognier, Rousanne. Clean nose of white flower and tropical fruit, asian pear and stone. Asian pear, white peach and lime with rounded acidity, nicely balanced with mineral, copper and wet stone. $32. Score 92.
Chardonnay. Stainless steel. Chablis style. Luscious on the palate, with pears, apricots. Crisp finish. $40. Score 91.
Rose blend of Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, and Syrah. Dry, but round on the palate, offering rhubarb, strawberries, dandelion, concrete and dry herbs, for a slightly savory and mineral Rose. $32. Score 93.
SMG. A dark and brooding, spicy GSM. Dry, offering chewy dark cherry, dark chocolate, graphite with heavy tobacco, and black pepper, notes of vanilla and firm grippy tannins. Will improve with time. $48. Score 91.
Cab Franc dominant bdx blend. Soft and weightless with dark fruit, chocolate, and soft tannins. Long finish with oak and tobacco. $44. Score 92.
100% Grenache. Robust, firm and lengthy, offering juicy bramble fruit, red cherries with heavy white pepper, sandalwood and tobacco. $76. Score 93.