Welcome to Salida Wines! The fall of 2006 was a significant moment in our 20+ years of winemaking. Luck had it that we were able to receive one ton of Tempranillo, the preeminent red wine grape of Spain. It was an opportunity to have some fun with a new and challenging grape. Little did we know at the time that it would evolve into a distinct, new label, called ‘Salida.’
Having made many Rhône varietal McCrea Cellars wines, it seemed a natural progression to have been drawn to Tempranillo, since both Grenache and Mourvèdre are actually of Spanish origin. There, they are known as Garnacha Tinta and Monastrell in the regions of Aragon, Navarra, Jumilla and Yecla.
Reflecting their Spanish lineage, the three reds express a distinct aromatic unity. No doubt, both Grenache and Mourvèdre have found a home in the vineyards of Washington State. Due to their success, we believed Tempranillo had a good potential, particularly regarding its unique ripening characteristic from which its name is derived, that being ‘early’ in Spanish.
Once in barrel a few months, we were really excited to discover that our Tempranillo displayed aromatics remarkably similar to that of the wines from Spain’s legendary region, Rioja. As with its two Spanish brethren, it also expressed wonderful continuity from its place of origin into the vineyards of Washington.
The word ‘Salida,’ meaning to ‘exit’ or ‘leave,’ is our Spanish metaphor for the fall harvest. The striking visual image symbolizes the season’s change from summer to autumn, portrayed as an impressionistic grape vine, swept in the winds of change while displaying the brilliant colors of the season. The creative artistry of Nityia Przewlocki is captivating in this compelling new label, designed to project a feeling of movement and subtle urgency, while displaying balance, elegance and grace.
Our goal is to provide comprehensive and timely information about our wines and vineyards, as well as an opportunity to purchase the wines on-line or via our mailing list and wine club. We hope you join us in this exciting new adventure and discover for yourself that the fruit of these vines of Spanish origin have found a favorable terruño in Washington State.
“España ha llegado a Washington!” Spain has arrived in Washington!
Doug & Kim McCrea