Olsen Estates 3-Way Action

Prosser Washington is in the heart of the famed Columbia Valley appellation and started off as a farming community. That spirit of farming the fertile soils over that area live on in the likes of the Olsen Family who now have their own estate winery. What really makes wines shine, from any region, is when you have a group of passionate people that put their heart and soul into their efforts – it makes a huge difference in the final product and is one of the reasons why I believe Olsen is making some of the more sought-after wines to be had from Prosser right now.

2007 Estate Riesling – W.E.P. Rating: 100%

Technical Data:

  • 100% Estate Grown
  • 100% Riesling
  • 98% Stainless Steel Fermented
  • Cases Produced 420
  • Titatable Acidity 6 g/L
  • pH  3.23
  • Alcohol 12.60%
  • L-Malic 1.4 g/L
  • Glucose + Fructose 19 g/L
  • Price: $18

Nose: Vanilla ice-cream with chunks of candied pineapple, pear, green apple and sugar cane.

Taste: A spritzy combination of light fruits – peaches, pears, bananna-skin and 7-up – this comes across like a fine glass of fruit-punch w/o the heavy sugar. It has a stellar mouth-feel combined with a fabreeze-like profile that really knocks this wine out of the park . Would be a really good crossover Riesling from those who like sweeter wines into the more dry-style – as this wine seems to do a good job of bridging both of those styles.

2007 Estate Chardonnay – W.E.P. Rating: 75%

Technical Specs
100% Estate Grown
100% Chardonnay
74% New French Oak
100% French Oak Barrel Aged for 16 months
Cases Produced: 600
14.4% alc. by vol, titratable acidity 5.23/L, ph 3.24, L-malic acid 0.12g/L, residual sugar 3.2g/L
NOse: pistachio nuts, mango, apple core, fresh melons, toasted marshmallow.
Taste: toasty pineapple, green apple skin, white flower hint of cinnamon. A decent mouthfeel to the wine, however, it starts heating up very quickly on the back-end palate transition and has a touch too much oak poking thru for me at its price point. The finish does do a good job of hanging around but – again – is too hot for me to really groove on.

Technical Data:

  • 100% Estate Grown
  • 100% Chardonnay
  • 74% New French Oak
  • 100% French Oak Barrel Aged for 16 months
  • Cases Produced: 600
  • 14.4% alc. by vol, titratable acidity
  • 5.23/L, ph 3.24, L-malic
  • Acid 0.12g/L, residual sugar 3.2g/L
  • Price: $25
  • Nose: pistachio nuts, mango, apple core, fresh melons, toasted marshmallow.

Taste: toasty pineapple, green apple skin, white flower hint of cinnamon. A decent mouthfeel to the wine, however, it starts heating up very quickly on the back-end palate transition and has a touch too much oak poking thru for me at its price point. The finish does do a good job of hanging around but – again – is too hot for me to really groove on.

2006 Estate Syrah – W.E.P. Rating: 100%

Technical Data:

  • 100% Estate Grown
  • 100% Syrah
  • 100% Barrel aged in 85% new French oak for 15 months
  • Cases Produced: 297
  • 14.7% alc. by vol, titratable
  • Acidity 5.3 g/L, ph 3.84, L-malic
  • Acid <0.05 g/L, residual sugar 0.2 g/L
  • Price: $29

Nose: Carmeled plums with a hint of game, shoe-leather, blueberries, downy fabric softner and nutmeg.

Taste: Massive blueberry attack across the front-palate with nice notes of those carmel candies – sort of like a “Sugar-daddy” candy laced with fresh blueberries while chewing on a bath towel – fresh out of the dryer. Superb mouth-feel, soft, subtle, with a finish that goes on for weeks. This is a serious syrah that would easily stand toe-to-toe with some of the best out there.

Winery Website: www.olsenestates.com