Lodmell Vineyards is a 30 acre Estate Vineyard on the lower Snake River. This was the inspiration in designing their label with a snake. Originally farmers and grape growers, the knowledge of farming has been passed down two generations to the current owners. Selling grapes to some of the most prestigious winemakers in the Walla Walla Valley gave winemaker Andrew Lodmell a unique perspective on what it takes to make good wine. Over the past 7 years he has had the opportunity to surround himself with some of the best wine minds and that immediately paid dividends with his first releases. Today, Andrew and his sister, Kristie continue to produce some of Walla Walla’s finest Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each wine is hand crafted and barrel aged in small lots. Additional Lodmell Cellars varietals include Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Saignee (rose), Estate Syrah, Sublime (Red Blend), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Port.
The 2009 Sublime is a red blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Carmenère. All fruit is from the Columbia Valley and was hand harvested. After fermentation, the wine spent an impressive 33 months in French oak barrel (20% new). Merlot based but this is a dense, chewy wine for Cabernet Sauvignon lovers. This brilliant blend has great balance and nuance, displaying light herbal tones that lend an air of complexity to dried cherry, cassis and subtle oak flavors. The tannins are pronounced yet fuzzy-soft and it finishes with a blend of mineral and sour Bing cherry. A lot of life in this beauty, it should keep for another five years.