A pair of Tsillan Whites

Winery Website: www.tsillancellars.com

The name Tsillan is the original Native American word we now say as Chelan – which is a deep, long, lake up in north-central Washington State and is quickly rising up as one of the state’s destination wine tourist spots. Know for its long, hot summers and aird climate, it’s no wonder why so many people are finding excuses to start-up wineries around such a gorgeous area. 

Tsillan Cellars is really no different than quite a number of other winery stories – some rich doctor, with lot of money and time on his hands starts-up a winery to pursue his/her dreams – hires a talented winemaker and the rest (so they hope) takes care of itself. 

It’s a good thing for us wine-drinkers and the local economy of Chelan that Dr. Bob Jankelson did have plenty of both on-hand as his winery is the largest producer of wine in that area and happens to do a pretty good job of making quality wines. 


2006 Tsillan Estate Riesling:

  • Alcohol:  13.0% 
  • pH:  3.00
  • TA:  7.2g/L
  • RS:  17.0g/L
  • VA:  0.24g/L
  • F/TSO2:  28/100ppm

Nose: Green apple, hints of apricot, slight petrol and some jasime tea leaves round out the nose. 

Taste: Great river-rock-like taste that’s been laced with green apples and apricots – it’s up in my grill and I love it. Excellent acidity which makes this wine a great food wine as well. Great lingering finish that hangs around quite nicely.

This is a good wine, however, at its current price there are other Rieslings which I enjoy more like the Poet’s Leap or Ventana winery out of Monterey California. One of the great things about the Tsillan is how it really does do a good job of presenting the terrior of where its grapes came from. A solid effort.

W.E.P. Rating: 85%


2007 Tsillan Estate Pinot Grigio:

  • Bottling Alcohol:  13.99%               
  • pH:  3.29
  • TA:  6.9g/L
  • RS:  7.0g/L
  • VA:  0.02g/L
  • F/TSO2:  35/98ppm

Nose: Orange blossom, white grape skins mixed with hints of stone and gravel. I’m also picking up some nice tropic-action like mango, grapefruit and kiwi.

Taste: Waves of vanilla-laden mango and grapefruit flood the palate with excellent balance of acidity and fruit-fowardness which I’m diggin on. The finish lasts quite awhile and I really like this wine – a lot. I really appreciate the sense of earthiness I’m getting from this wine – it’s as if someone took all the fruit I’ve descibed here and buiried it in pea-gravel, clay and limestone. Even hints of flint are coming thru as well.

W.E.P. Rating: 95%