Produced, Cellared and Bottled in Montana

wine glasses         Our wines are crafted from premium hand-picked red and white grapes harvested from small family vineyards located in the Columbia Valley of Washington. The viticulture areas include Rattlesnake Hills and Yakima Valley. In 2015 we harvested 63,000 lbs. of grapes from Elephant Mountain Vineyards, Yakima; Crawford Farms, Prosser and Lonesome Spring Ranch, Benton City, WA. Working closely with the vineyard owners, we monitor all stages of growth and assist in the agronomic decisions leading to harvest.
       A recent issue of Wine Press Northwest was released chronicling 50 years of wine grape production in the Yakima Valley, calling it the “cradle of Washington wine.” The author went on to say: “Today, many of the state’s most famous red wine grape vineyards are in the Yakima Valley, including Boushey, Ciel du Cheval, DuBrul, Elephant Mountain, Harrison Hill, Klipsun, Lonesome Spring, Olsen, Red Willow, and Upland. These are stalwarts of the industry, vineyards that any winery is proud to proclaim its label.”

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       Then at harvest time we transport the fresh grapes (on-the-stem) directly to our winery in Billings. After arrival, the grapes are de-stemmed and crushed within 30 hours post-harvest. Fermentation, pressing, cellaring and bottling are completed on-site using our own equipment.
       Last year we sold about 2,500 cases of wine. We’ll ramp up to about 3,200 cases this year, and level off in 2017 to about 3,700 cases — which we anticipate will be our sustainable annual production.

If you’d like to see Yellowstone Cellars wines featured on the wine list of your favorite restaurant or steakhouse, please ask the management to contact us!

RED WINES

2015 (406) – This red blend is a big, bold, and softly tannic creation. It starts with aromas of campfire smoke over black fruit aromas – blackberry, plum. Then we dial up flavors of blackberry, roasted coffee bean, cacao, and nutmeg—finishing with lingering earthy and herbal notes touched with an array of kitchen spices.

Grapes: Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Yakima, WA.

Genealogy: Bordeaux/Loire Valley, France. 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah. 96 cases produced.

2012 Barbera – Our Barbera is a medium-bodied wine with red-fruit flavors of pie cherry, raspberry, and early plum. The lingering finish is a testament to its balance. Barrel-aged for two years, its natural acidity and tartness makes this a versatile food wine.

Grapes: Lonesome Spring Ranch, Benton City, WA.

Genealogy: Montferrat, Italy. 100% Barbera. 71 cases produced.

2015 Cabernet Franc – This half-parent to Cabernet Sauvignon is emerging from a blending wine to a superb stand-alone varietal. It’s a medium-bodied wine with flavors of white pepper, cherries, raspberries, licorice and vanilla leading to a structured and well-balanced velvety finish.

Grapes:  Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Yakima, WA.

Genealogy:  Bordeaux, France. 100% Cabernet Franc. 54 cases produced.

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – Our Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, smoky, and bold. This release is born from the silty soils left by the ancient Lake Missoula flood. Find black fruit flavors of over-ripe blackberry, black currant and plum surrounded by aromas of forest floor and raw tobacco.

Grapes: Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Yakima, WA.

Genealogy: Bordeaux, France. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. 48 cases produced

 2014 Reserve Cabernet SauvignonThis is a distinctive and segregated wine crushed from grapes born on the renowned and highly-sought after “98 Block” of Cabernet Sauvignon at Elephant Mountain Vineyard. It was  aged two years in French oak (Quercus robur) barrels and bottle-aged a full year before release. This premium wine is velvety and silk-smooth on the palate. The acidic balance enhances the array of black fruit flavors natural to Cab Sauv – but with a little more structure and complexity than your every-day Cab Sauv.

Grapes: Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Yakima, WA.

Genealogy: Bordeaux, France. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. 47 cases produced.

2015 Carménѐre – This big, bold and red fruit-forward wine expresses the distinct berry flavors common to the upper Yakima Valley, WA, terrior. The herbal accents begin with a forest floor aroma, leading to raw tobacco and old barn wood. Find an array of kitchen spices with layers of plum, licorice and mocha. The distinctive finish lingers with fine ground black pepper and a touch of cloves and nutmeg. This is a very young, freshly-bottled wine – let it “breathe” for 15 minutes to allow release of its aromas and flavors.

Grapes:  Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Yakima, WA.

Genealogy: Bordeaux France. 100% Carménѐre. 68 cases produced.

2015 Grenache – This wine delivers what even the best Oregon Pinot Noirs only promise. Grenache is one of the key ingredients in some of the world’s most famous wines, particularly the famous French Rhone blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Our Grenache bounds with red berry flavors – bright strawberries and raspberries touched with notes of white pepper and lavender. We find cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger on a lingering finish that will enhance but not overpower the array of Holiday dinner foods from your kitchen. Aged in 50% new American oak (Quercus alba) barrels.

Grapes: Lonesome Spring Ranch, Benton City, WA

Genealogy: Aragon, Spain & Rhone, France. 100% Grenache. 47 cases produced.

2015 Malbec – Not all Malbec is produced in Argentina… Our version of wine from this French-born grape is medium-dark bodied with pronounced and well-rounded flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, and plum, layered over a slew of high profile spices. This wine was aged in French and American oak barrels for two years. What do you pair with Malbec? Anything BEEF, of course! It will also stand up to baby-back ribs off the grill or even beer-can roasted chicken. Typically, early-maturing after fermentation our Malbec is excellent now, but 2-3 years aging in your wine cellar will only make it improve with age!

Grapes:  50% Lonesome Spring Ranch, Benton City, WA; 50% Crawford Farms, Prosser, WA.

Genealogy: Bordeaux, France. 100% Malbec. 118 cases produced to date.

2014 Petit Verdot – A grape typically used for blending premium Bordeaux wines, Petit Verdot is anything but petite. This dark-inky “spice box” wine provides an array of flavors of molasses, cocoa, and coffee bean mingled with mature flavors of violet and leather, which are further enhanced through 30 months of aging in French and American oak barrels. This is a great candidate for 2-5 years of cellaring.

Grapes: Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Yakima, WA.

Genealogy: Bordeaux, France. 100% Petit Verdot. 47 cases produced.

2013 Primitivo – An Italian cousin to the Austrian Zinfandels, Primitivo is a lighter-bodied but, rich full-dry red wine with concentrated flavors of red cherry, wild raspberry, and a mid-palate of cloves, and nutmeg and black pepper. We find a forest floor earthiness that’s laced with a finish of anise and fresh-cut tobacco.

Grapes:  Lonesome Spring Ranch, Benton City, WA.

Genealogy: Croatia/Adriatic Italy. 100% Primitivo. 105 cases produced.

2015 Rimrock Red – The 100+ mile run of imposing sandstone cliffs carved over the centuries by Montana’s Yellowstone River is the inspiration for this signature red blend. Not for the faint of heart, it’s loaded with the flavor of chokecherries, wild current and blackberry – finishing with layers of smoked wood and burnished leather. Aged 25 months in a mix of French and American oak barrels, this freshly-bottled wine will benefit greatly from a few minutes to an hour of decanting!

Grapes:  Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Yakima, WA & Lonesome Spring Ranch, Benton City, WA.

Genealogy: Bordeaux, France. 24% each Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot & 4% Carmenere. 99 cases produced.

2014 Syrah – This spicy, big-hitting Syrah has aromas of blackberry, currant, cinnamon, vanilla, and licorice. Your palate will find dark berry fruit, black olives, and herbs against a backdrop of earthy leather, tobacco, and meaty bacon, laced with black pepper. The subtle tannins in this Syrah create a soft lingering finish. Aged 2+ years in French oak, and nearly a year in the bottle, enjoy it now or in 2-5+ years.

Grapes: Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Yakima, WA.

Origin: Rhone, France. 97% Syrah, co-fermented with 3% Viognier. 119 cases produced.

WHITE WINES

Winemaker’s Note: Because of the special processes used in making rosé and white wines, we have them custom-produced for us by various wineries in Washington. We then age, blend, and bottle them on site here at our winery.

2015 “Tuscana” Rosé – A true rosé co-fermented with Barbera and Sangiovese grapes, this bone-dry wine is not your mom’s White Zinfandel! Find a nicely balanced mix of acidity from the Barbera and red-fruit body from the Sangiovese. Flavors of raspberry, chokecherry, wild strawberry and kiwi abound. We allowed about an hour of skin contact before fermenting this wine and “aging” it in stainless steel tanks at ambient temperatures to precipitate the grape’s natural tartaric acids and leave behind minimal tannins that add flavor and complexity. A slight astringency extends this wine’s finish – resulting in a very food-friendly wine.

Winery/Grapes: Airfield Estates Vineyard, Sunnyside, WA.

Origin: Piedmont, Italy 60% Barbera, 40% Sangiovese.

2016 Chardonnay – This crisp and very lightly-oaked wine offers aromas of fresh pear, peach and red apple. The smooth, rounded mouth-feel gives a hint of lemon-lime leading to a pleasant vanilla finish.

Winery/Grapes: Airfield Estates Vineyards, Sunnyside WA.

Origin: Burgundy, France. 100% Chardonnay.  62 cases produced.

 2016 Chenin Blanc – The off-dry style of this Chenin Blanc (0.75% residual sugar) provides crisp, refreshing tropical fruit aromas laced with citrus flavors. The finish lingers with more tropical fruit – mango, kiwi & coconut – offset by a creamy vanilla texture. Balanced with palpable acidity and bracing minerality, this wine pairs great with lighter fairs. Produced and aged in stainless steel, it’s not as sweet in sugar as it tastes!

Winery/Grapes: Pacific Rim Vineyards, West Richland, WA.

Genealogy: Loire Valley, France. 100% Chenin Blanc. 96 cases produced.

2016 Pinot Gris – It might be time to discover the nuances of this rich and full-bodied white wine. It is a well-balanced, fruit-driven wine with aromas and flavors of pear, peach and MacIntosh apple. Two hours of skin contact at crush provided the body and color (slightly pink) of this wine. It has a soft acidity and a rich texture that highlights the finish of baked apple and orange blossom, toasted nuts and a distinct minerality. Produced and aged in stainless steel.

Winery/Grapes: Claar Cellars Estates Vineyard, Pasco, WA.

Genealogy: Burgundy, France. 100% Pinot Gris. 70 cases produced.

2016 Summer Blend – This wine is a summer evening in a bottle- a treat to every sense… A blend of off-dry Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Chenin Blanc, it’s a zesty and refreshing white wine that suits all levels of wine drinkers. Our Summer Blend is great by itself or paired with food. We like the tropical fruit aromatics provided by the Chenin Blanc – mango, kiwi & coconut – and the tree fruit flavors of the Pinot Gris combined with the lightness and slight effervescence and sweetness of the Riesling.

Winery/Grapes: Pacific Rim Vineyards, West Richland, WA. Claar Cellars Estates Vineyard, Pasco, WA. Airfield Estates Vineyards, Sunnyside WA.

Genealogy: Rhine, Germany/Rhone, France. 80% off-dry Riesling, 10% Pinot Gris, 10% Chenin Blanc. 114 cases produced.