Sunday, April 8, 2012

Kaella Winery tasting at Wicked Cellars

Kaella Winery tasting at Wicked Cellars - Wicked Cellars Tim Knopf

Kaella Winery tasting at Wicked Cellars

A native of Los Angeles, Owner and Winemaker, Dave Butner came to Washington in 1984. Having loved wine for as long as he has been old enough to drink it, and employed at Boeing between 2001 and 2004, he started out first as a home brewer, then as a winemaker with the Boeing Employees Wine and Beermaker Club, the starting point for several other significant Washington winemakers. Tim Narby of Nota Bene Cellars, another Boeing Wine Club graduate, encouraged Dave to join the wine club to get access to better fruit for his wines. In time, Dave assisted at several wineries in the Seattle area to learn more about the process, and enrolled in classes at the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College.

Dave started off making just thirty gallons of wine using club fruit in 2006, and one of these wines received a double gold medal at the club’s annual competition. Dave continued, doubling his production to sixty gallons in 2007, and in 2008 Jeff Jones at Senoj Estates encouraged Dave to go commercial. Soon Kaella Winery was born.

2011 Rosé of Sangiovese, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard**+ melons, tropical fruit

2009 Merlot, Conner Lee Vineyard**+ black cherries, raspberry, minerals

2009 Sangiovese, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard*** sour cherry, citrus

2009 Cabernet Franc, Conner Lee Vineyard*** dark fruit, white pepper

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Conner Lee Vineyard***+ black cherry, plum, graphite

2009 Syrah, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard*** blackberry, plum, light


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