“Winery and Estate Vineyard”
The majority of our wines are made from the fruit we grow. While many winemakers will select vineyards for their variety of fruit and locations, Keith has invested in raising his vines for his own winemaking style. Once the fruit is picked, he often chooses long extended fermentation times using both native and selected yeasts for the reds. Before fermentation, there are typically extended periods of cold soaking, and post-fermentation there is often extended time on the skins. These choices are essential to producing wines with huge depth and structure; high levels of fine, well behaved tannins; and an intense fruit core. The blending of individual barrels to create the wines that Keith makes is really the artistic part of the winemaker's job. With assistant winemaker Randy Swanson and cellar master Javier Mendoza, Keith typically tastes through all of the blending trials for the wines. The blending trials for a single wine can often take several months of daily tastings to perfect the blend. Many hours of systematically trying different blends for each of the wines often results in a sea of glasses with typically very small but significant differences to evaluate. When specific, desired traits have been selected from the current trials, the next blending trial will continue to refine the blend until Keith and his winemaking team are completely satisfied with the finished wine. To get our carefully-grown, fermented, aged, and blended wines into the bottle, Terra Blanca owns a state-of-the-art bottling line that allows us to have complete control of when and how we choose to bottle each wine. Our bottling line is also a gravity flow line, allowing us to continue the gentle treatment of the fruit and wines that has occurred all the way through the production process. Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard, in partnership with Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar, explores chateau-inspired cuisine with Café Orsa. Located at the beautiful winery and estate vineyard on Red Mountain. Café Orsa offers guests a wine country getaway with panoramic views of vineyards and the lower Yakima Valley. The new menu features enticing entrees, flatbreads, salads, tapas, and handhelds, all superbly created to pair perfectly with Terra Blanca wines. The menu highlights food prepared in the wood-fire brick oven and produce from the Terra Blanca garden, when in season.
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