Valdemar Estates Entre Nosotros Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
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A wonderful new discovery of the last year, Valdemar Estates is a unique Walla Walla winery in several ways–from the full restaurant on site (their small plates are excellent, especially the jamon Iberico!) to the side-by-side complement of Washington and Spanish wines available, made by the same family.
So far my favorite of their domestic wines (two vintages counting) is Entre Nosotros Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2019 is quite a departure from the inaugural 2018 bottle: they shifted vineyard sourcing from Red Mountain (2018) to primarily Walla Walla (2019). Because of the cooler 2019 vintage, the shift in sourcing was magnified, leading to a more refined wine in ‘19.
Now that I’ve tasted Valdemar’s lineup a couple times, the 2019 Entre Nosotros is more the wine I would expect to see from them. Much more dark red fruited than black fruited, it has the intensity of bigger/bolder Walla Walla red with enhanced vibrance and freshness. Deep crushed raspberry and dried herb accents linger through the finish. Try pairing with herb crusted lamb.
More about the Valdemar wineries, here and abroad: In 2019 Valdemar Estates became the first internationally owned winery to open in Washington state. It is one of the few wineries in the U.S. that has a full restaurant, as well as a tasting room. Valdemar Estates is owned by Valdemar Family, which operates in Rioja, Spain and has been making wine since 1889
In 2018, Bodegas Valdemar (in Rioja) became the first winery in Europe to offer a 100-percent inclusive wine tourism experience, an initiative that has earned numerous awards. And now, we are pleased to announce that Valdemar Estates in Walla Walla has implemented extensive measures to ensure that guests of all ages–regardless of ability–can enjoy their visit.
Endeavoring to bridge Old World and New World winemaking traditions, the family has built a partnership with the Washington State University Viticulture and Enology Program. Spanish grape varieties from the family’s vineyards in Spain have been brought to WSU to be studied, with the hope that they can be made available to the public for planting. This partnership with WSU will soon foster an intern exchange program, where students from Spain will work in U.S. vineyards and wineries and vice versa. This partnership will be an incredible opportunity for both Rioja and the Walla Walla Valley for many years.