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Fidelitas Wines


 

Skye Dissette
 
October 19, 2017 | Skye Dissette

The Return of Ciel du Cheval

It’s the best time of year here at Fidelitas because our Ciel du Cheval wines find their way back into the lineup! Who doesn’t love big bold reds from 42-year-old vines? In just a couple of weeks we will be releasing some of my favorites just in time for the holidays. These wines will be available to the Wine Club starting Friday, November 3rd. Not in the Club? Join online today, or email us to get in on these limited release wines before they are gone!


2014 Ciel du Cheval Cabernet Sauvignon - 94 points, The Wine Advocate

This Cabernet offers aromas of fig, blackberry, and quince, dried tobacco, and a touch of cedar. The perfect Cabernet from Red Mountain!

(in both FLT and Optu allocations)


2014 Ciel du Cheval Cabernet Franc - SOLD OUT

One of our most limited wines of the year. The Cabernet Franc is a deep ruby tone, nearly opaque, showing aromas of blueberry, tart cherry, green bell peppers, and a touch of caramel. 

(in FLT allocation)

*Email us to put you on the wait-list


2014 Ciel du Cheval Red Wine - SOLD OUT

Last year, this was our Merlot-based blend but we decided to switch it up! This year it's Cabernet-based with aromas of cherry and strawberry with tobacco and black pepper. 

(in Optu allocation)

*Email us to put you on the wait-list


2014 Ciel du Cheval Merlot

My favorite Merlot of the year that is perfect for any holiday dish or dinner party. It is showcasing aromas of plums, raspberry, brown sugar, and baking spices.

(available for add-on purchases)


2014 Ciel du Cheval Petit Verdot

For those who love unique, intense wines! This wine provides black fruit aromas with tones of red currant, figs, and dried herbs.

(available for add-on purchases)


 

Time Posted: Oct 19, 2017 at 1:30 PM
Skye Dissette
 
September 14, 2017 | Skye Dissette

Fidelitas Estate Dinner 2017

The smoke cleared and the sun came out this past weekend just in time for our 3rd annual Estate Dinner hosted on our famous pad right in the middle of our vineyards. What a beautiful and delicious evening! Castle Catering didn’t disappoint and made sure that each dish complimented our wine.

Below is the menu from that evening. 


Passed Appetizers

Elk Strip Loin & Blue Cheese Duxell Canape

Duck Confit & Savory Goat Cheese Grilled Pizza Wedges

2015 Klipsun Vineyard Optu White - September Product Spotlight!

2014 The Canyons Vineyard Red Wine - 10 Cases Remain!

First Course

Fresh Spinach and lentil salad with creamy beet dressing topped with a Parmesan crisp

Freshly Baked Castle Breads with Butter of the Month

2014 Ciel du Cheval Merlot – Releases in November!

Second Course

Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin Medallion presented atop

Heirloom Tomato with Creamy Fresh Barratta Cheese finished with Basil Oil and Fresh Basil Confetti 

2014 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - New Release!

2014 Quintessence Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - New Release! 

Third Course

Certified Angus Beef Prime Spinalis rolled and stuffed with Fresh Herbs & Mushrooms

Served atop Heirloom Carrot Puree with Sweet Corn Elote

2013 Fidelitas Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Fidelitas Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – New Release!

Fourth Course

Fresh Graham Cracker dipped in Dark Chocolate & topped with Blue Cheese Marshmallow toasted on site

2013 Klipsun Vineyard Late Harvest Semillon


It was certainly a memorable night with the most amazing sunset. Be sure to RSVP next year for this limited availability dinner in the vineyard! 

Time Posted: Sep 14, 2017 at 12:28 PM
Skye Dissette
 
August 16, 2017 | Skye Dissette

Start Planning Your Trip!

Harvest is right around the corner and my favorite time of year to go visit wineries. The vineyards are stunning, the weather is ideal, and the bolder/heavier reds start to make an appearance! Who doesn’t love drinking Cabernet while sitting on our Red Mountain patio in 65-degree weather with the sun shining?

We just recently launched our “Fidelitas Estate Experience” and we are so excited to start sharing this with our customers. We start by gathering in the Red Mountain Tasting Room at 10am for our first pour and some great Fidelitas background stories. From there, we will walk through the vines and listen to all the things you need to know about our vineyards. Of course, wine will be enjoyed during the entire tour.

If you want more information including dates, please visit our events page! Space is very limited so be sure to reach out to Chelsea and reserve your spot.

Can’t make it to the winery? Don’t worry! Our Friday Tastings are coming back to Woodinville this September. For more information please refer to that events page or contact Will.

Happy Harvest! 

Time Posted: Aug 16, 2017 at 1:08 PM
Skye Dissette
 
July 21, 2017 | Skye Dissette

Team Fidelitas Month: Staff Vineyard Tours

Not only is it the month where we celebrate club members new and old, but it is also the month where we put focus on staff training! It’s important to us that our staff is always up to date on the latest things happening on Red Mountain, and with Fidelitas.

This past week Team Red Mountain and Team Woodinville got together at the winery to spend a few days exploring vineyards, listening to some Red Mountain legends and of course, try some amazing wine.


Day 1:

We sat with Charlie in our tasting room overlooking our estate vineyard. He discussed his own history and how he started on Red Mountain, clones in our vineyards, and what the future holds for Fidelitas!

From there, we met with JJ Williams down at Kiona. What better way to get some history lessons on Red Mountain than listening to the OG’s themselves! It was fascinating to tour some of the oldest vineyards on the mountain while listening to the family history. If you are planning a trip, this stop is a must. He even had us taste some wine. Darn!

To continue our educational tour we headed to Wine Boss. The place where all the wine magic happens! It’s always great to get a refresher on the process of wine making. It’s also fun to listen to the team nerd out over things like Sauvignon Blanc barrels and cross flow filtration. Charlie, Mitch, and Hillary then had us sit down and go through a Clonal Cabernet Tasting. Let me tell you, it got us excited for future Fidelitas Cabernet!

To end the day we all got together on the Fidelitas patio, ate burgers and drank some of our favorite wines. Including future releases!

Day 2:

On this day, everyone hopped into a 15-passenger van with Charlie to tour some of our favorite vineyards. Fidelitas Estate, Blackwood Canyon, The Canyons, Shaw, Red Heaven, Quintessence, and Ciel du Cheval just to name a few. Seeing the beautiful locations and hearing Charlie speak just confirmed why Red Mountain is so special.

What better way to end Staff Vineyard Tours than eat some BBQ and drink the new 2014 Canyons Vineyard Malbec? That’s exactly what we did!


 

Time Posted: Jul 21, 2017 at 12:30 PM
Skye Dissette
 
June 21, 2017 | Skye Dissette

Summer Pairings!

Guess what? It's finally summer! Get ready for the BBQ’s, pool parties, concerts, and a lot of dinners on the patio.

I’m sure with these exciting plans you are expected to bring something, probably the wine? Below, I am making it easy with some of our best current releases perfect for those summer extravaganzas! In case you are also expected to provide a dish, I’ll provide a recipe. 


2016 Red Mountain Semillon - free 2 Day Air Shipping 12+ bottles!

fruit platters + cheese plates + salads + fish

check out a delicious recipe here!

 

2013 Canyons Vineyard Red Wine

pork chops + chicken + lamb

check out a delicious recipe here

 

2014 Red Mountain Malbec

anything on the grill

check out a delicious recipe here!

 

2014 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - last vintage!

steak + steak + more steak

check out a delicious recipe here!


Stop by the tasting rooms, go online, or reserve a bottle through your Club Team.

Happy summer everyone! 

Time Posted: Jun 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Skye Dissette
 
May 25, 2017 | Skye Dissette

Fidelitas Estate History: Land + Planting

Charlie always had his heart set on Red Mountain and knew that one day he would own his own land so he would be able to call it home. In 2006 Charlie approached Stan Clarke, a colleague and well-known figure in the industry, and provided a proposal to purchase land even though it wasn’t for sale. The rest was history! He had purchased 5 acres soon after that meeting and already had some ideas of what he wanted to plant. Sadly, Stan passed away in 2007 and that is when Charlie purchased the additional 10 acres from Stan’s widow, Carol.

“I think Stan would be happy with that we have done with the land, I’m certain.” - Charlie

Once water was brought to the mountain, he planted roughly 3 acres with Dick Boushey back in 2009. Cabernet Sauvignon was number one on the list of grapes to be planted so they planted clones 2, 6, and 8. Clones 2 and 6 have both shined, especially clone 2 which we have used every year, and because of this Charlie was sure to plant more of each in the new planting of 9 acres.

In this new planting, they experimented with clones 412, another entav clone which Charlie is excited about, clone 33 which is equivalent to 191. This clone type can be a little more old world in style with a bit of softness to it. Along with those, he also planted clone 169 which is found in Quintessence Vineyard. Charlie has had great luck with this clone and is anxious to use more of it.

Aside from Cabernet Sauvignon we planted the remaining four Bordeaux varietals. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and some Petit Verdot. Charlie think’s Petit Verdot will do great things for us in the future so they planted a little more than originally anticipated. Dick and his crew have done an amazing job with our vineyards and think everything is in great shape for the 2017 vintage.

So far, we have released two vintages of our Fidelitas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 being the first. Later this fall we will release our third vintage, the 2014. He mentioned recently that the 2013 vintage might be his favorite so far however, the 2014 is “rich with black fruit and very concentrated, definitely drinkable young because of the warmer vintage.”

We asked Charlie what his vision was for the Fidelitas Estate Vineyard moving forward. He said that the new blocks could possibly contribute to the Cabernet Sauvignon we currently have, and that the different varieties lend itself to a blend. He is excited to see which specific varietals and blocks jump out at him because it could work as a separate wine.

“Wines will determine our destiny.” - Charlie

Time Posted: May 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Skye Dissette
 
April 14, 2017 | Skye Dissette

Perfect Easter Wines!

Crazy to think that Easter is right around the corner. Let’s hope the sun is shining because it’s a great day to spend with family, relax, and sip on something delicious. Our family likes to keep things a little more low key but you can guarantee that we will be sipping on some of our Fidelitas favorites. Let’s look at our inventory and see what would pair well with most dishes…


2016 Quintessence Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc - NEW RELEASE

A great wine to start the day off with and sip on its own, or pair with a nice salad! My Italian sister-in-law will be making her famous “Easter Pie” and this will be right by it’s side.

2014 Canyons Vineyard Red Wine - NEW CLUB ONLY RELEASE

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Merlot. I tasted this the other day and it was smooth, fruit forward, and friendly! Ideal for any meat option you might be making on Sunday.

2013 Ciel du Cheval Cabernet Sauvignon

A heavier style Cabernet that would add just the right touch to those bigger dishes. Plus it’s a Cabernet from Red Mountain…need I say more?

2014 Optu Red Mountain Blend 

Another must have at any holiday gathering! A big Bordeaux style blend will perfect any dish in my opinion.


Everyone at Fidelitas hopes you have a safe and wonderful Easter! Please note that both tasting rooms will be closed so that we can spend time with our families. 

Time Posted: Apr 14, 2017 at 2:02 PM
Skye Dissette
 
March 30, 2017 | Skye Dissette

Release of The Canyons

Last year we released the first vintage of The Canyons Red Wine. A fun blend of Cabernet + Malbec. What could be better than two of our favorite varietals in one bottle? The Canyons Vineyard is newer to the Fidelitas lineup. The name comes from the deeper ravines and the canyons that go right through the vineyard’s blocks. Something that contributes to the delicious taste in this wine! 

Charlie decided to take it one step further with the 2014 and included another varietal into the mix…Merlot! This vintage consists of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Malbec, and 14% Merlot. The trio turned into a fruit forward and rich masterpiece. If you are looking for the perfect red to pair with your summer BBQ’s + outdoor picnics, this is your bottle.

The 2014 Canyons Red Wine is getting released to the Wine Club on Friday, April 14th. Want to add a couple more bottles? Just reach out and we would be happy to help!

Time Posted: Mar 30, 2017 at 12:23 PM
Skye Dissette
 
February 22, 2017 | Skye Dissette

Who's Ready for Club Release?

It’s our first club release of the year and we can’t wait to share this perfect duo with you. We hope that you will be able to visit Team Fidelitas this weekend, February 24th-26th. Both locations will have special treats to go along with our featured flight! 


Red Mountain

Saturday, February 25th 11-4pm

RSVP: chelsea@fidelitaswines.com

Woodinville

February 24th 3-7pm Members only

February 25th + 26th 11-5pm Members only

RSVP: amy@fidelitaswines.com


Club Members will be receiving the new 2014 Optu Red Mountain + 2014 Red Mountain Merlot, both will be poured this weekend. Want to up your club shipment? Don’t worry, we will be featuring some other great fan favorites! 

Not a member yet? Join now to get in on this years first release from Red Mountain!

 

Time Posted: Feb 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Skye Dissette
 
February 1, 2017 | Skye Dissette

Ready for Football

I know there are some devastated Seahawks fans that will be reading this but no matter who is playing in the Super Bowl, it’s always a great time! I thought it might be fun to share some wine friendly appetizers that I am sure most people will enjoy.


Tomato Tart with Goat Cheese and Capers

Pairing: 2015 Klipsun Vineyard Optu White

Hot Smoked Gouda Bacon Dip

Pairing: 2013 Ciel du Cheval Merlot

Taco Cups

Pairing: NEW 2014 Red Mountain Malbec

French Onion Sliders

Pairing: 2013 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon


Who will you be rooting for? My husband finally has his time to shine since his home team, the Falcons will be playing! We wish you a fun and happy Superbowl Sunday!

Please note that both tasting rooms will be closed on Sunday, February 5th. 

 

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 9:03 AM