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Kerloo Cellars - Tasting Feb 2023

Kerloo was founded in 2007, under the owner and winemaker Ryan Crane. With experience from Va Piano, and Forgeron Cellars, Ryan focuses on Rhone style varietals, but also includes some Tempranillo and Malbec in the lineup.

2017 Celilo Chardonnay Despite the aging, this chardonnay was holding well with nice silky mouthfeel and swimming in minerality for a refreshing experience. It was delightful. $48. Score 93. 2021 Lonesome Spring Ranch Rose A summery nose of citrus fruits, notes of perfume, but on the palate, crisp and bone dry, refreshing. $26. Score 92. 2019 Majestic GSM Approximately 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and 20% Syrah. This is a dark and savory GSM. Plum & dark pepper nose. Cherries, with minerality, sage, and slightly chewy fine tannins. $26. Score 91. 2020 Upland Grenache 50% concrete 50% neutral oak. Complex nose with notes of leather and oak. Concentrated juicy red fruit with some smokiness, with grippy tannins. Best served on the colder side. Good potential, needing more time in the bottle. $45. Score 93. 2017 Stone Tree Tempranillo StoneTree Vineyard, Wahluke slope. 13% cab. beautiful nose of sweet spice, licorice & leather. Focused with dark fruit, cocoa, followed by long finish of bright red cherries with sticky tannins. $42. Score 91. 2017 Stone Tree Vineyard Malbec Blueberry, oak, vanilla, and licorice, with salty dark cherries, and cocoa. Long finish with drying, smooth tannins. Very good! (price unavailable). Score 93. 2018 Lonesome Springs Ranch Mourvedre A dark and musky wine of plum, olives, and salinity. Score 89.

Kerloo has some great wines with strong focus, concentrated fruit with complexity, holding power and potential. The 2020 Upland Vineyard Grenache grabbed my attention immediately, best served slightly chilled, and for sure to improve with time.


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