distefano winery

Old world winemaking, new world charm



Columbia Valley
2010 Sauvignon Blanc

Regular Prices: $18.99/bottle $205.09/case
Wine Club Prices: $16.14/bottle $182.30/case

Varietals: 92% Sauvignon Blanc and 8% Semillon
1,300 cases produced
Release Date: April 2011

Made in our classic, signature style, the Sauvignon Blanc expresses many layers of delicious aromas and flavors. A blend of 92% Sauvignon Blanc and 8% Semillon, this wine exhibits aromas gooseberry, flint with hints of melon and pineapple. A lively burst of lime and white pepper on the palate mellow to a finish of white peach and lime zest.

Ratings & Reviews on previous vintages:

2009 Sauvignon Blanc:
Wine Advocate –
89 – it is an excellent value – Jay Miller
Wine Spectator -
88
American Fine Wine Competition –
Gold
Seattle Wine Awards – Silver

2008 Sauvignon Blanc: Wine Spectator –
90
American Fine Wine Competition –
Silver
SF Chronicle Wine Competition –
Silver
Wine Press Northwest –
Excellent

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Columbia Valley
2010 Semillon

Regular Prices: $18.99/bottle $205.09/case
Wine Club Prices: $16.14/bottle $182.30/case

Varietals: 82% Semillon and 18% Sauvignon Blanc
60 cases produced
Release Date: April 2011

Our 2010 Semillon is lush and complex, showing layers of honey, apricots, almonds and saffron that carry over to the savory palate. Spice and ripe apricot come to the forefront upon the finish.


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Columbia Valley
2006 Meritage

Regular Prices: $27.99/bottle $302.29/case
Wine Club Prices: $23.79/bottle $268.70/case

Varietals: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec
695 cases produced
Released: December 2010

Vineyards:
Cabernet Sauvignon - Bacchus, Weinbau, Roza Hills, Alderdale Six Prong; Merlot - Bacchus, Weinbau; Cabernet Franc - Bacchus; Petit Verdot - Elerding

Blending is what gives our wines the most character and there is no shortage of that in our 2006 Meritage. Initial aromas of strawberry, raspberry and blueberry mix wi
th hints of cocoa power, vanilla bean and cherry cola. Subtle white pepper and clove give a nice spice to balance the toasted cedar and brown sugar. The palate is alive with lots of red berries, chocolate and anise, with a hint of oak on the finish. Plenty of chewy tannin gives texture and depth to one of most popular blends.

Ratings & Reviews:

2006 Meritage:
Seattle Wine Awards – Gold

2005 Meritage:
2010 American Fine Wine Competition - Silver

2004 Meritage:
Food & Wine Terrific WA State Reds

2003 Meritage:

Wine Spectator –
90
National Women’s Wine Competition -
Silver Medal

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Columbia Valley
2006 Sogno

Regular Prices: $32/bottle $345.60/case
Wine Club Prices: $27.20/bottle $307.20/case

Varietals: 89% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Merlot
610 cases produced
Released: October 2010

Loaded with blueberries, bing cherries, strawberry, chocolate and anise. Subtle notes of dried herbs and cedar combined with a hint of violets and vanilla bean give many layers to this blend. Very juicy mid palate with firm tannin, good acidity, and a toasty finish.

Ratings & Reviews:

2006 Sogno:
Wine Spectator - 90
American Fine Wine Competition – Silver
Seattle Wine Awards – Bronze

2005 Sogno:
Wine Spectator - 90
Wine Advocate -
88

2004 Sogno:
Wine Press Northwest - recommended

2003 Sogno:

Wine Spectator –
91

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Columbia Valley
2007 Sogno Reserve

Regular Prices: $45/bottle $486/case
Wine Club Prices: $38.25/bottle $432/case

Varietals: 100% Cabernet Franc
150 cases produced
Released: June 2011

This is a powerful wine made with the only our finest cab franc barrels. Intense dark chocolate, raspberry and toasted hazelnut push their way out of the glass. The palate is rich with silky chocolate and dried cherries, with hints of spicy oak, black pepper on the finish.

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Columbia Valley
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Regular Prices: $32/bottle $345.60/case
Wine Club Prices: $27.20/bottle $307.20/case

Varietals: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot
356 cases produced
Release Date: June 2011

A concentrated blend from three different vineyards in the Columbia Valley. It exhibits aromatic notes of cassis, blackberry jam and black pepper. Velvet tannins and mocha on the palate intermingle with a smooth dark berry finish.

Ratings & Reviews:

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon:
Wine Spectator – 91
American Fine Wine Competition – Silver
Seattle Wine Awards – Silver

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon:
SF Chronicle Wine Competition – Silver

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon:
Wine Spectator - 90
The Wine Advocate -
90
San Francisco International Wine Competition -
Gold
2 ½ stars - San Francisco Chronicle

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Columbia Valley
2007 Ottimo

Regular Prices: $60/bottle $648/case
Wine Club Prices: $51/bottle $576/case

Varietals: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot
60 cases produced
Release Date: November 2010

The Proprietor’s Reserve is a proprietor’s wine. It is simply the best of what our vineyards produced in 2007. This wine aged in barrel for 36 months. Each barrel tells a unique story, has a unique aroma and a unique flavor. With this wine, we are attempting to tell that story. It is a blend made from the soul with passion, dedication and respect for what our vineyards offer us each year. We can only hope that our story becomes part of your book!

Our 2007 Ottimo can be described as dense, concentrated and focused. Initial aromas of black cherry and fig integrate among layers of tobacco, cocoa and spicy cardamom. Very full on the palate front to back with firm, chewy tannin.

Ratings & Reviews:

2005 Ottimo:
Wine Spectator – 92
Wine Press Northwest -
Recommended

2004 Ottimo:
Wine Spectator – 90

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Columbia Valley
2007 Syrah R

Regular Prices: $32/bottle $345.60/case
Wine Club Prices: $27.20/bottle $307.20/case

Varietals: 100% Syrah R
200 cases produced
Released: June 2011

Syrah is ripe and rich. Its carefully chosen from the best barrels in our cellar. This wine shows a bouquet of smoked meats, violets and black cherry. Toasted hazelnut and black cherry are forward on the palate, with plush tannin, dried fruit and spice rounding out the finish.

RATINGS & REVIEWS:
2005 Syrah R:
Sante –
gold star
Wine Spectator –
89 points
American Fine Wine Competition –
silver
SF Chronicle Wine Competition –
bronze
Wine Press Northwest –
recommended
NW Palate –
recommended

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Columbia Valley
2003 Saint John

Regular Prices: $19/bottle $205.20/case
Wine Club Prices: $16.15/bottle $182.40/case

Varietals: 90% Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Blanc
RS: 12.
406 cases produced
Released: March 2004

Last year we produced our Sweet Catherine, a late harvest Sauvignon Blanc style wine, profiled after classic French Sauternes, and this year we are releasing a new late harvest Semillon style wine, the 2003 Saint John. John is our 14 year old son, one of our greatest loves, but Saint might be pushing it. He is all boy! This is a classic Sauterne wine with a backbone of acid, lush mouth of honey and apricot, and sweet on the finish. The viscosity of the wine is very reminiscent of a fine Sauterne wine, one of the profiles we were trying to attain in making this wine.

Ratings & Reviews:

“Lots of citrus and sweet pineapple notes that don't compromise the bright acidity.”
Richard Kinssies,
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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FAMILY WINES:



Columbia Valley
2005-06 Donna Maria

Regular Prices: $27.99/bottle $302.29/case
Wine Club Prices: $23.79/bottle $268.70/case

Proprietary Rhone Style Blend with focus on Syrah
450 cases produced
Release date: Spring 2010

Donna DiStefano, our “donna maria”, is the granddaughter of Domenica Paganelli who immigrated to the United States in 1915 from Northern Italy. Domenica and her husband settled on Lower Eastside of Manhattan where they made wine for the family in their basement. Donna and her family continue this family tradition making wine every year to be enjoyed by her family but now extends to old and new friends. We hope you enjoy this wine!

The Donna Maria has always been a proprietary Rhone-style blend with focus on Syrah. This current vintages is made from two harvests – 2005 and 2006. The Grenache and Syrah varietals complement each other so well, that we couldn’t resist, but add a little Grenache to this year’s blend, which made it a smooth medium bodied wine. Plumy and spicy aromas on the nose with a little vanilla and chocolate notes. Dark fruit and refined tannins on the palate, very smooth on the finish.

Ratings & Reviews:

Seattle Wine Awards –
Silver
American Fine Wine Competition –
Bronze

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Columbia Valley
2007 Domenica

Regular Prices: $27.99/bottle $302.29/case
Wine Club Prices: $23.79/bottle $268.70/case

Bordeaux-style blend with focus on Merlot
420 cases produced
Released: June 2011

Merlot predominates this right bank Bordeaux-style blend. Domenica shows delicate aromas of candied raspberry and ripe cherry. Milk chocolate and juicy red fruits on the palate finishing with spice and supple tannin which adds complexity.

Ratings & Reviews:

2006 Domenica:
Wine & Spirits - 93
Seattle Wine Awards – bronze

2005 Domenica:
SF Chronicle Wine Competition -
bronze
Wine Press Northwest -
recommended
2010 American Fine Wine Competition -
bronze

2004 Domenica:
Wine Spectator -
89

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If you are looking for tasting notes for older vintages, please email alla@distefanowinery.com.