Isenhower Cellars produces wine with a minimalist philosophy, emphasizing bright, lighter styled wines, with less extraction through lower temperature fermentation and addition of whole clusters. They source from a variety of vineyards, directed by Brett Isenhower. The winemaker is Brett Brockmeyer with past experience in Napa Valley.
42% Olsen Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Wallula Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Wallula Vineyard Merlot, 6% Wallula Vineyard Cabernet Franc, 4% Dionysus Petit Verdot. Columbia Valley.
Bordeaux style blend, cab dominant. Dark fruit, wet stone, and light oak on the nose. Plummy, with savory and mineral notes. Soft tannins. $40. 90 points.
2019 A Bloc Malbec
100% Malbec. Champoux Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills.
Dark fruits, vanilla, some nice intensity mid palate. Oaky tannins on the finish. $42. 91 points.
2018 Wallula Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Wallula Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills.
Dark fruit, flowers and vanilla aromas, tobacco. Lighter style cab on palate with dark cherries, salinity. Slightly chalky chewy tannins. $42. 92 points
2018 Batchelors Button Cabernet Sauvignon
Blend of vineyards, Summit View primarily with lesser amounts from Wallula, and Olsen
Slightly bigger cab than the Wallula Vineyard, with more chocolate notes. $42. 93 points.
2017 Childrens Cuvee
66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot, 17% Cabernet Franc. Primarily Wallula, and Les Collines.
Beautiful nose of leather. Nice silky body of red fruit with peppery notes and structured tannins. $49. 94 points.
I enjoyed the tasting at Isenhower Cellars, and was fond of the lighter style of wines they offered. Those sourced from the Wallula vineyard were particularly interesting, with tendency to have a unique profile that I recall was savory, herbaceous, and floral.
I recommend picking up a bottle of the 2017 Childrens Cuvee. For me, it provided a larger body and more structured wine.