Rotie Cellars (Walla Walla, Washington)
The whole point of Rotie Cellars is to make traditional Rhone Blends with Washington State fruit. To start with, they mean lower alcohol, less ripe, less oak, balanced, finesse driven, mouth coating wines. Sean Boyds’ path to Rotie Cellars wasn’t the one prescribed in the “How to become a prestigious winemaker” textbook. His college degree was in geology, and he spent ten years doing oil and gas exploration before making the leap to wine.
After working his first harvest at Waters Winery in 2004, he learned the profession in multiple positions before stepping out on his own in 2007. The non-traditional background turned out to be a perfect fit— he’s a winemaker who really knows his soils. Wine is personal with Sean, and as far as he’s concerned, there’s no right or wrong way to create or consume it. He just makes what he loves to drink—French-style Rhone blends. His philosophical approach is Old World and natural, and his fingerprints are on every step of the winemaking process. He believes great wine happens mostly in the vineyard, and that his main job is to stay out of nature’s way
2013 Southern Red Blend (CNDP Style – Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre)
2013 Northern Red Blend (Cote Rotie Style – Syrah, Viognier Co Ferm.)