2019 Three Rivers Streamlet Red, Columbia Valley
19/20 Points - Review of Washington Wines, Rand Sealey
The 2019 Streamlet is a vibrant wine with rich aromas of fresh picked blackberries, currants and a hint of spring rain. Dark fruit swirls on the palate with earthy accents that encapsulate this complex wine. Minerality and firm, streamlined tannins linger on the finish and add structure to this new world red blend.
We really like to blend, but coming up with a name can be tricky. To stay with the river theme, we came across “Streamlet” (a natural body of running water smaller than a river). We liked the name so much, so it stuck. Our idea was to create a blend unique to Washington State. We’ve got equal parts of silky wildly expressive Syrah, mouthwatering Merlot and bold Cabernet Sauvignon, all from impressive vineyards throughout the Walla Walla Valley.
34% Les Collines Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley 33% XL Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla Valley 33% Summit View Vineyard Malbec, Walla Walla Valley
September 13 – September 27
15 months in 100% new French oak
January 19, 2021
We had a snowy start to the 2019 growing season and a wet spring without much frost pressure. The weather improved in June and continued with a nice, warm summer. We picked the vineyards for this wine September 13 – September 27, right around when this short yet impressive harvest came to a close. Higher acidities and lower alcohols are to be expected with our wines for this vintage that are showing tremendous age-ability which is something harder to achieve in a hotter vintage.