The Salida Story
Salida is a commitment to the legendary grapes of Spain grown in Washington State’s vineyards. We began with a single ton of Tempranillo in 2006 when still focused on Rhone varietal wines with McCrea Cellars. Ultimately so impressed with the true expression of the grape, we decided to bottle it and begin an entirely new brand dedicated to Spain and Portugal’s primary varietals. Doug had already worked with Garnacha and Monastrell (known as Mourvèdre in France) for many years as Rhone-style wines, having known their origin was the soils of Spain, so it was a natural progression to work these leading grapes into the lineup.
Clearly, white wine had to be embraced to balance the portfolio, and luck would have it, Albariño became available, the Queen of Spanish whites. A second beauty of Spanish origin, also prominent in the Rhone Valley, Garnacha Blanca came on the scene to ultimately provide two very contrasting wines, one of crisp aromatic minerality and the other, lush, rich and supple.
Throughout the history of Salida, Tempranillo has remained the King of our reds and considered the most prominent indigenous grape of Spain. But entering the developing brand, Graciano was planted, the “other” red of La Rioja. Mostly used as a blending grape with Tempranillo, it became a featured Salida wine and a very rare offering in the U.S.
Along the way, Malbec joined the portfolio in the same manner as did Tempranillo. Although not of Spanish origin, the grape fits seamlessly with the Spanish varietals, ultimately finding its way into the expanding portfolio.
Artisan Washington Wine
The Salida wines are an artisanal expression representing the terroir of each vineyard, matched to the individual varietal’s personality. Gentle nurturing throughout their élevage requires patience and a good degree of faith. Essentially ‘raising’ the wines, each barrel is treated much like one’s children. We strongly believe in minimalist intervention, allowing the lees to integrate into the wine, gaining greater complexity, then racking only once before assembling for bottling.
In a world flooded with commercially clean, repetitive wines, you can count on Salida to represent the vineyard, the patient wine making regime, and the meticulous signature of the winemaker, resulting in a very limited production of less than 1,500 cases annually.