From: Walla Walla Valley, Washington, USA
Varietal: 97% Syrah 3% Viognier
Tasting Notes: This is a new wine for us -- "Aprica" is from the Latin for "warmed by the sun," and it's the perfect designation for our everyday Rhône-style wine. This vintage happens to be almost entirely Syrah, though that may change in future vintages. This wine is 100% Prospice but at a friendly price point such that you needn't think twice about opening it on a whim!
Prospice is the creation of two friends with a shared vision for wines and winemaking. Each changed course from a prior professional career, drawn to winemaking by the impulse to craft an artisanal product.
At Prospice our focus is on making balanced and elegant wines that celebrate the source fruit and the vineyard sites. We seek to roll back the clock on the modern trend toward riper, more extracted wines, preferring a lighter touch of oak and balanced extraction and alcohol. We embrace modern scientific research into fermentation and aging, and the use of chemical analyses to understand and guide the production of the best wines we can possibly make from that fruit but minimize the use of overly manipulative additives or techniques. We use predominantly neutral oak barrels for aging, but employ a small number of new oak barrels — always of a carefully selected style and cooperage to complement the wine to be aged.
Throughout the process, the science, the analyses, the techniques, and the barrels are all ultimately in the service of the most subjective but most important tool we have: our palate. Ultimately, wine is a small work of art in a bottle, and we seek to make each Prospice wine unique, expressive, and beautiful.
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