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Don Corson has been making wine since 1981 when he started with 100 pounds of Eastern Washington grapes and made his first Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the next decade he joined a small but growing number of winemakers in the state with a passion for making wine with the hope of "going commercial". In 1992 Don and his wife Vicki formed Camaraderie Cellars with a combination of hope, a small new building, great vineyard connections and a family philosophy that the best things in life are meant to be shared.
2008 Camaraderie Cellars Merlot
90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon & 5% Cabernet Franc
This Washington State Merlot is world class. The grapes came from Chandler Reach, within eyeshot of Red Mountain, the Fred Artz vineyard on Red Mountain at the far eastern end of the Yakima Valley; and, about a third used to made this vintage came from Butch Milbrandt's Clifton Hill Vineyard up on the Wahluke Slope, the States newest American Viticultural Area. 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc were blended in.
Grapes from these vineyards make for structured wines that might be confused with the mouthfeel of Cabernet Sauvignon, It's full of blackberry and cherry and is chewy - not to excess, with oak . Drink it now for a quality but youthful discussion, or allow both of you to age a couple of years for a deeper conversation.
2012 Camaraderie Cellars Cabernet Franc
Camaraderie Cellars Cabernet Franc is a perennial favorite since it goes so well with our Northwest cuisine. Bright berry "high palate" flavors are a versatile complement to salmon, veal, or grilled pork tenderloin. The 2012 is 100% Cabernet Franc from three vineyards in the Yakima Valley AVA. Twenty months of aging in larger format oak barrels has maintained the fruit notes that make Washington State Cabernet Franc a standout food wine.
2013 Camaraderie Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
85% Cabernet Sauvignon & 15% Merlot
This vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from three vineyards, each within 10 miles of each other but couldn't be more different. Red Mountain AVA fruit comes in the earliest and is big and tannic as hot sites are. Chandler Reach Vineyard comes in next and is from a northern slope of the Yakima Valley and the fruit tends to be more balanced with noticeable cherry notes. The Meek Family vineyard is comparatively high elevation and although south facing, comes in a full month after the Red Mountain fruit. It tends to the more floral notes.
The 2102 is an equal blend of all three with about 15% Merlot to lend to the middle palate. Like all of Camaraderie Cellars wines, they age very well and have a complexity stemming from both the vineyard blend but also the wide range of oak used over the 20 months of aging.
A delicious red desert wine in a 500ml bottle