At Belmonte we focus on the quality of fruit from the vineyards we source and the taste of our wines. We demand on letting an ample supply of fruit to shine through. For our red wines we do things in the cellar to limit harsh bitterness and limit the amount on new oak. To date, we have yet to filter a red wine. We use very few, if any “winemaking tricks”. Many of these tricks are avoided by attention to detail in the vineyards. We have zero tolerance for fundamental wine flaws.
Our white wines are always made in stainless steel. We put emphasis on high yet balanced acidity and preserving intense- true to varietal aromas.
2010 Connor's Blend (120 Cases Produced) [click to purchase]
Winemaker's Tasting Notes - Our signature Bordeaux style blend is named after our owners 1st born son. It’s a bit “backwards” for a Bordeaux blend in that the Malbec and Petit Verdot make up the majority of the blend. The aroma is showing bright cherry with leather and dusty earth tones. Its fruit is spicy with dark cherry and a hint of banana peel. This wine has some tightly wound tannins that open up over time and solid acidity that promise aging ability yet still enjoyable now. 40% Malbec / 40% Petit Verdot - Double Canyon Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills / 20% Cabernet - Elephant Mountain, Yakima Valley
2010 Petite-Sirah / Syrah (120 Cases Produced) [click to purchase]
Winemakers Tasting Notes - A California style blend with a Washington twist. This wine is very dark in color, has bright cool climate acidity and oozing blackberry and spice. Moderate tannins make this wine approachable now and a great match with grilled meats. 60% Petite Sirah - Lonesome Spring Ranch Vineyard, Yakima Valley / 40% Syrah - Double Canyon Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills
2010 Black Velvet (120 Case Produced) - [click to purchase]
Winemaker's Tasting Notes - Classis Sangiovese aromas of dusty cherries and wet rocks hits your noise, this wine has drying tannins but is backed up with ample dark fruits thanks to the Klipsun merlot. A great match with red pasta dishes and pizza. 60% Sangiovese - Elephant Mountain, Yakima Valley / 40% Merlot - Klipsun Vineyard, Red Mountain
Winemaker's Tasting Notes - This year we we barrel fermented some of it for a few months! It is a white wine with an amazing creamy and explosive aroma. In the mouth the wine is silky smooth and medium to full body, typical of Marsanne but with just the right amount of acidity to make it refreshing and lively. Its flavors are subtitle with lemon, cantaloupe and orange blossom. We suggest matching this wine with grilled Salmon, light creamed based pasta dishes or try it with truffle oil popcorn.
100% Marsanne Lonesome Spring Ranch Vineyard, Yakima Valley
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker's Tasting Notes - Our three-vineyard Cabernet wine is extremely extracted dark fruit in both the aroma and palate, unmistakably Cabernet. Complex, balanced and with great potential to age. Seamless transitions from front to mid to back palate. Silky smooth on the front, round and coating in the middle and finishing with a reminder of its youthful tannins. We expect this wine to age six to ten years, easily.
50% Meek Vineyard (Columbia Valley) / 25% Obelisco Vineyard (Red Mountain) / 25% Elephant Mountain (Yakima)
SILVER MEDAL WINNER - 2011 SEATTLE WINE AWARDS
2009 Connor's Blend
Winemaker's Tasting Notes - A surprisingly unique flavor and aroma profile thanks to the high percentages of Petite Verdot and Malbec. Aromas of dark cherries, thought-provoking spiciness and very subtle green vegetables, think English peas. On the palate violets and blueberries dominate with exotic spice underneath silky and smooth tannins.40% Malbec / 40% Petit Verdot / 20% Cabernet - All fruit from Double Canyon Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA
Winemaker's Tasting Notes - "Cool climate in style, incredibly balanced with natural lower alcohol but at the same time not to be confused with Old World lean wines…perhaps the perfect combination for expressing what a cool climate style Syrah is meant to be." Its aroma is unmistakably Syrah with a bit of black pepper, dark fruit and integrated oak. The aroma borders between red and dark cherries, with a little blackberries as well. The mouth-feel is silky and rich. We think the 2009 Syrah will match well with red meat stews, aged goudas, pizza and seared lamb shanks.
66% Lonesome Spring Ranch Vineyard / 34% Double Canyon Vineyard
SILVER MEDAL WINNER - 2012 SEATTLE WINE AWARDS