The first two vintages of Salida, 2006 and 2007, were made entirely from Tempranillo sourced from the Two Coyote vineyard. Only two barrels were produced in each vintage resulting in about 45 cases.
With the 2008 vintage, we expanded to three red wines, each bottling representing a unique expression of Tempranillo, crafted in a singularly distinctive style. Very limited bottlings assure rare exclusivity, coupled with meticulous hand-crafted detail.
The 2009 vintage resulted in greater growth to about 450 cases of total production. With the 2010 vintage we added Albarino to the portfolio and grew to around 700 cases.
These are the wines in current production:
This is the flagship wine of the Salida brand. Its fruit-forward expression is very characteristic of Washington State wine. Classic aromas of tobacco, leather, dried herbs and bramble-berry abound with dense, round and earthy undertones.
A proprietary blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Monastrell, celebrating Spain’s three prominent reds in a complex, symbiotic integration. The wine expresses a mélange of red berries, black cherry and spice, with an American oak element that brings a touch of vanilla and coconut to the aroma.
In Spanish, ‘Fuego Sagrado’ means ‘Sacred Flame.’ The name is derived from a very touching poem that we have included on the back label of the bottle. It also refers to an ancient civilization being unearth today in southern Peru where the people lived in peace and harmony and knew no words for violence.
The wine represents an extremely limited bottling, a powerful blend of Malbec and Tempranillo. Although not of Spanish origin, Malbec provides depth and muscle, with an intense opaque hue and flavors of blackberry, coffee, cassis, black licorice and mocha.
Some consider Galicia, the home of Albarino in northwestern Spain, to be the most beautiful region in the country with its lush greenery and dramatic coast line on the Atlantic. The somewhat cooler climate necessitates grapes that ripen earlier and display heightened aromatics.
When last tasted in the vineyard, it literally exploded on the palate with remarkable intensity. The aromas practically leap from the glass, displaying pineapple, red peach skin, white pear, green melon and sweet fuji apple. It has a rich, full embrace, followed by a very lingering finish.
Although not always produced with each vintage, ‘Vino Rojo’ simply means ‘Red Wine’ in Spanish. It provides us with an option to bottle a wine that is very reasonably priced yet with good in quality in today’s market.
Typically it’s comprised of barrels which may result in a unique blend, differing with the vintage depending on yields of each varietal. Essentially, it’s our little table wine that can be enjoyed in many different settings. We believe it’s a good thing to offer a ‘daily red’ that can accompany a host of foods and occasions.