Washington Wine Month Stop #3: Two Mountain Winery
But don’t let me spoil your trip. Discover for yourself what this small, family gem in the Yakima Valley has to offer for your wine loving palate.
Owned and operated by brothers Matthew and Patrick Rawn, the Rawn family has been farming the rich soil in the Rattlesnake Hills area of Washington State’s Yakima Valley for more than half a century.
In 1951, their grandfather Phil Schmidt established Schmidt Orchards with 40 acres of peaches, apricots, prunes, and apples. They planted Copeland Vineyard in 2000 with their uncle, Ron Schmidt, and crushed their first vintage in 2002.
Today, three generations contribute their talents and expertise to Two Mountain Winery and their 26-acre estate vineyard.
Not to mention several generations of “wine dogs” as well. Bentley, Gus, Rudy and Stoli all help the Rawn brothers in the vineyard and tasting room completing this winery family.
About the Vineyard:
Copeland Vineyard is named after the Rawn brother’s great grandma, Gladys Copeland Schmidt, who moved to the Yakima Valley with her family in 1908. It was planted on old apple ground, property their family has farmed since 1951. Located in the Rattlesnake Hills area of the Yakima Valley, Washington State’s oldest appellation, Copeland Vineyard continues their family’s history by providing over 90 percent of the grapes they use to make their wines.
They planted Copeland in the spring of 2000 with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Lemberger, Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional. The brother’s truly believe that each bottle of wine they produce starts in the vineyard and as such, they invest every resource necessary to produce premium fruit for premium wines. Luckily, Copeland Vineyard makes their job easy.
The Cascade Mountain Range provides a wonderful rain-shadow effect on our vineyard, which is situated on a south-facing slope 1,198 feet above sea level. They have a very warm site, averaging 29 80 degree days with an ideal 190 day growing season and annual precipitation of only approximately six inches.
Warm days and cool nights provide the Yakima Valley with near-perfect growing conditions, allowing the both white and red grape varietals to fully express their classic characteristics. During the last ice age, the great Missoula Floods deposited ancient volcanic sediment across the region, creating a rich blend of sandy and rocky soils that shape the distinct character of their vineyard.
Today their award-winning wines are truly a reflection of the perfect location and climate in which they were grown-Copeland Vineyard.
Two Mountain Winery currently produces eight varietal wines: Riesling, Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. In addition, they also offer with a dry rosé and two red blends. The majority of their grapes are sourced from their own Copeland Vineyard.
Two Mountain Winery 2010 Riesling
Hint of hay, green pear and wild flowers combined with incredible tastes of ripe citrus, green apple, and wonderful minerality with a light dry finish. This wine lasts forever on your tongue and makes you remember why summer is so great!
Two Mountain Winery 2010 Chalk Art Rosé
This beautiful Rosé is dry, yet fruity and is a wonderful blend of 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 50 percent Cabernet Franc. At first glance it is an absolutely beautiful bright magenta color. It opens with aromas of strawberry and a hint of kiwi. The mouth? Pure summer strawberry, raspberry, hint of orange, and sun!
Two Mountain Winery 2010 Yakima Valley Chardonnay
A classic Chardonnay with aromas of caramelized banana and vanilla, followed by a palate of toasty butterscotch and overripe pear with a lingering finish.
Two Mountain Winery Hidden Horse VII
A red blend for the ages. This is a great red for almost anytime. 39 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 37 percent Merlot, 15 percent Cabernet Franc, 6 percent Syrah, and 3 percent Malbec has created a great combination of elegance, structure, approachability. With wafts of boysenberry, blackberry, and a hint of white pepper then working into a mouth containing dark rich plum, over ripe bramble berries, sweet spice, and rich tobacco leaves.
Two Mountain Winery 2007 Merlot
Yep, this Merlot is the way it should be in the Rawn Brothers’ not so humble opinion. Getting you started with an interesting blend of blackberry and coffee on the nose. On the palate the wine hints of rich toasted barrel, bright vibrant Bing cherry, and the finishing with a wonderful taste of really ripe red fruits, a hint of toffee, and soft tannins.
Two Mountain Winery 2007 Syrah
WOW!! Simply put, this is a rich smelling and tasting wine that has aromas of blueberry cobbler, rich old leather, and vanilla. Followed by flavors of blackberry, overripe wild huckleberry, white pepper, and rich fig ending in a soft, not flabby, fashion. This is the way Washington Syrah should taste!
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
This will soon become a classic. Aromas of bramble berries, leather and cedar combine with flavors of dark berry, currant, charred oak and a soft- yet long lasting finish to leave you wanting more, more, MORE!!
Two Mountain Winery Brothers No. 2 (Extremely Limited Production) ($47)
A barrel selected blend of 68 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 percent Merlot and 7 percent Cabernet Franc. Nice barrel notes, a sweet spice, currant, fig, and fresh leather round out the nose while the soft, integrated tannins follow flavors of blackberry, leather, fresh tobacco, cigar box, and cooked fig.
Two Mountain Winery 2151 Cheyne Road 509-829-3900
Zillah, WA 98953
Two Mountain Winery
2151 Cheyne Road