Carménère? Aglianico? How did unusual, Old World wines arrive in Rattlesnake Hills?
Tanjuli celebrates wine as a labor of love and attention to detail; the magical synergies of old and new; the camaraderie and small joys of winemaking.
Many people thought that after 35 years of producing wine, Washington wine pioneer Tom Campbell would be looking at retiring. No way! Tom loves the grapes that come from the Rattlesnake Hills, an area he came upon in 1981 thanks to UC Davis classmate Stan Clarke. Stan had Tom establish the white wine production for Quail Run Winery in Zillah in 1982, and in 1984 Tom and his wife Hema settled into the Rattlesnake Hills to start Horizon's Edge Winery, eventually selling it to the Padgetts in 1999 to focus on other ventures in Woodinville and his home state of Montana.
But they couldn't stay away for long, and in 2005 they returned to plant a small, seven acre vineyard for the production of truly unique estate wines. Today, the Tanjuli vineyard consists of Pommard Pinot Noir, Lampia Nebbiolo, Carménère, Mourvèdre, Aglianico, Sagrantino, Teroldego, Viognier, Picpoul Blanc, Orange Muscat and Black Muscat. Each small block of grapes is meticulously managed from vine to bottle, resulting in exceptional wines that are at once old and new, imaginative and familiar, rare and remarkable.
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We welcome visitors to our quaint cellar winery and tasting room, cut into our hillside vineyard. An extraordinary selection of unique estate-grown wines await you. Group tours of 10 or more are welcome with prior arrangement by phone.
209 N Bonair Rd
Zillah, WA 98953
Open President's Day and Thanksgiving weekends. All other days: call for availability.
Tanjuli Winery 2012 Estate Carménère, Rattlesnake Hills, $32
By Great Northwest Wine on December 13, 2015
Tom Campbell’s résumé in the Northwest wine industry includes Chateau Ste. Michelle, Covey Run, the Woodhouse Wine Estates and his own Mission Mountain Winery near Flathead Lake in his native Montana, but his heart remains in his vineyard within the Yakima Valley’s Rattlesnake Hills. He cropped his Carménère, a high-density planting of 1,620 vines per acre, to 1.2 tons an acre. That resulted in the equivalent of three barrels of wine, and his bottling of this less-known Bordeaux variety is fascinating. His level of extraction and use of oak allows for a nose of blackberry and black currant among herbal hints of thyme and eucalyptus with black and white peppercorns. The pour brings cassis, boysenberry and pomegranate, a fruity mix that makes for juicy acidity and medium tannins, backed by a slice of red bell pepper. Campbell and his wife, Hema, suggest serving this alongside Beef Teriyaki and a variety of spicy or savory fare.
Production: 70 cases
Tanjuli Winery 2013 Estate Picpoul Blanc, Rattlesnake Hills, $18
BY GREAT NORTHWEST WINE ON NOVEMBER 7, 2015
Rattlesnake Hills vintner Tom Campbell was on the ground floor of what would become Covey Run and founded Horizon’s Edge Winery. More recently, he’s dedicated himself to showcasing some obscure grape varieties, including this underappreciated white that’s native to the Rhone Valley. His high-density planting of 1,640 vines per acre lead to a production of 2.6 tons per acre, which he put through a slow fermentation in stainless steel. That yields aromas of apricot, canteloupe, dusty orange, baked pear and spearmint. The drink brings a rich entry of ripe peach and Golden Delicious apple, followed by bold acidity and a flourish of starfruit, lemon oil and tangerine flavors. The Campbells suggest serving this with Chilean Sea bass or fish tacos.
Production: 159 cases
Tanjuli Winery 2012 Estate Pinot Noir, Rattlesnake Hills, $32
By Washington Tasting Room Magazine, Tasting Room Picks: Washington vs The World
Sourced from the winery's Rattlesnake Hills vineyard. Nose: Dusty dark red fruit, cola, fig, and a whiff of dried herbs. Taste: Supple, pure and elegant, with concentrated ripe raspberry, plum, black cherry and fig, leading to anise, crushed gravel and earthen spice. Fine sweet tannins grace the vibrant finish.
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