Inaugural release of ultra-premium wines from Drew Bledsoe and Josh McDaniels compare and contrast the popular Burgundian and Rhône varietals
(WALLA WALLA, Wash.) — Bledsoe-McDaniels Winery, a unique collaboration between proprietors Drew Bledsoe and Josh McDaniels focused on comparing and contrasting the popular Burgundian and Rhone varietals of Pinot Noir and Syrah, has announced the Oct. 14 limited allocation of the winery’s first release including a 2018 Willamette Valley Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir and 2018 Walla Walla Valley Lefore Vineyard Syrah.
With only 187 and 164 cases produced respectively, the wines will initially be allocated to Doubleback Winery’s VIP customers and those who have signed up for the Bledsoe-McDaniels list at BledsoeMcDaniels.com.
“It’s no secret that while our focus at Doubleback has been on producing ultra-premium Walla Walla Valley cabs from day one, we have a longstanding love affair with Willamette Valley Pinot Noir,” said Josh McDaniels, CEO & director of winemaking for Bledsoe Wine Estates. “Bledsoe-McDaniels is an expression of both, and our first release takes customers on a journey that explores the obvious differences of varietal and site terroir while indulging in the lesser-known similarities of the two grapes.”
The 2018 Bledsoe-McDaniels Pinot Noir was sourced from the Ridgecrest and Wind Ridge vineyards in the Willamette Valley’s Ribbon Ridge AVA, while the 2018 Bledsoe- McDaniels Syrah was sourced from the winery’s Lefore Estate Vineyard in The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater, a sub-AVA of the Walla Walla Valley AVA. Both wines were produced in the same state-of-the-art facility in Walla Walla that is home to Doubleback and Bledsoe Family Winery. And like Doubleback, the Bledsoe-McDaniels wines are all about small production and high-quality creations.
“We are grateful that the success of Doubleback and Bledsoe Family Winery has given us the opportunity to pursue a project that we are not only passionate about, but are committed to as an expression of two hallmark varietals of the Pacific Northwest,” said Drew Bledsoe, proprietor of Bledsoe Wine Estates. “Over the years Maura and I have learned many of our likes and dislikes through side-by-side tastings of different varietals from different appellations, so there is also a personal element that was a big factor in making the Bledsoe-McDaniels vision a reality.”
For more information about Bledsoe-McDaniels Wine and to subscribe to the list, visit BledsoeMcDaniels.com.
About Bledsoe-McDaniels Winery:
Established in 2019, Bledsoe-McDaniels is a collaboration between proprietors Drew Bledsoe and Josh McDaniels focused on producing ultra-premium wines that compare and contrast the popular Burgundian and Rhone varietals of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Walla Walla Valley Syrah. Highlighting the obvious differences of varietal and site terroir, while indulging in their lesser-known similarities, Bledsoe-McDaniels wines produced in the same state-of-the-art Walla Walla winery as Doubleback and Bledsoe Family Winery wines. For more information, or to sign up for the Bledsoe-McDaniels list, visit BledsoeMcDaniels.com.
About Doubleback Wine Estates:
Founded in 2007 by retired NFL quarterback and Walla Walla native Drew Bledsoe and his wife Maura, the Doubleback Wine Estates family of wines includes the Doubleback, Bledsoe Family Winery, and Bledsoe-McDaniels labels. Doubleback Winery is committed to producing ultra-premium, estate-focused wines from the Walla Walla Valley that enrich life’s experiences. The Bledsoe’s second label, Bledsoe Family Winery, is committed to producing premium wines for any occasion, with tremendous value, from the same family that brings you Doubleback. In 2019 after years of planning, Bledsoe-McDaniels Winery was introduced to explore the similarities and differences between Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and the Rhone styles of the Walla Walla Valley. All three labels are managed and crafted by Josh McDaniels, CEO & director of winemaking. For more information visit Doubleback.com, BledsoeFamilyWinery.com, or BledsoeMcDaniels.com, email [email protected], or call 509-525-3334.