Tertulia Cellars is a Washington (Walla Walla) winery that has a tasting room in Dundee, OR. They specialize in big reds, but I found their 2012 Viognier (with Roussanne) and their late harvest Sémillion to be the most charming of the flight.
- We started off the flight with their 2012 Whistling Hills Estate Viognier, that is at least 22 percent Roussanne to add a bit of backbone to it. It had some refreshing fruit and a hint of floral notes to it.
- The 2011 Lonesome Spring Ranch Rosé had a strange nose but was still a nice summer wine.
- The 2008 Les Collines Syrah was excellent. I am not always a fan of Syrah, but the characteristic pepper was complemented by purple fruit (a little pumpkin too) and savory herbs (sage, according to the tasting sheet).
- Their 2008 Sobra red blend was not my favorite of the flight. It is an acceptable table-wine, and perhaps it just needed some food, but it was overshadowed by the other wines on the flight. It has 45 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and means “leftovers” in Portuguese, which I thought was sort of fun.
- The 2009 HHH Cabernet Sauvignon had some green pepper but it wasn’t too noticeable in the blend of other flavors. It gives you a mouth-drying finish that I’d almost want pasta with (not many big reds can go well with pasta!).
- We stopped on the flight after that and went to their Late Harvest Sémillion made from Viognier, a white dessert wine that was amazing. Not too sweet with a great mouth feel, it tasted like apricot and figs (and maybe a hint of prune). It was gooood.
Their Dundee tasting room is open Wednesday to Monday, noon to 6 p.m. at 1326 N Highway 99W, Suite 104, Dundee, OR.
P.S. The Viognier (and Roussanne) is amazing to enjoy on the deck with a citronella candle to keep the mozzies away.