This exciting new wine came to us from our friends at Portland Wine Storage, a hub of wine enthusiasm in Portland’s southeast industrial area. When it came to us around the same time as the Seven Hills Walla Walla Cab, it made a fascinating and delicious combination of Walla Walla Cabs. It comes from “The Rocks” area of Walla Walla, the newly approved AVA that is actually in Oregon (hah!) and produces many of the Northwest’s highest rated red wines.
This rich and ripe 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has dark fruited aromatics with notes of anise and eucalyptus on the palate. Balanced acidity and integrated tannins provide a long lingering finish. More brambly and wild in character, with white pepper and mineral elements mingling with the fine tannins. It’s drinking great now and will age gracefully over the next 6-10 years.
Behind the name: Laelaps is the mythological dog that always caught its prey - met her match chasing the fox that could never be caught. Their endless dance so frustrated Zeus that he turned them to stone, casting them into the stars as constellations. Chasing that which can never be caught, creating the perfect wine, this is the spirit that drives Laelaps. We invite you to join the chase.
Laelaps sprung out of a tasting group called D.O.G. (Downtown Oenological Group) - five friends who stored our personal collections at Portland Wine Storage. For years we made wines on the loading dock of wine storage in SE Portland, when finally the opportunity to go commercial arose when consulting winemaker Drew Voit started a custom crush facility. Winemaker Andria Shirk met Drew while working five harvests at Shea wine cellars. The group of five comes from five diverse backgrounds: an architect, three small business owners (two of whom are trained chefs as well), and an ex Madonna impersonator.
One of the perks of wine storage is that we get to know so many different people who are happy to help us. Dave Stephenson met us several years ago and has always been enthusiastic about what we do. When we asked him for help sourcing grapes he set up the Rocks deal for us.
Three of my partners drove out to Walla Walla the night before harvest where Dave met them in the vineyard with a giant bonfire and a cheery crowd. Sometime early the next morning, the grapes were picked, the pickup was loaded, and they drove it all back to Beacon Hill."
Winemaker Andria Shirk’s passion for wine began while touring the world as a Madonna impersonator. During this time, she developed her palate and appreciation of fine wines. On her time off, she planted a small vineyard in Oregon and returned to school to study enology. After retiring from show business, she honed her craft working under Drew Voit at Shea wine cellars. In 2012 D.O.G. wines was founded. The wines were first made at the old Beacon Hill Estate under the guidance of Drew. In 2015 their production moved to the SE Wine Collective in Portland.