Red Blend 2015
Yakima Valley, Washington
So many of you have woken up to a steaming cup of Pollard Coffee. We are very excited to let you know that you can now fill your other favorite drinking vessel with Pollard wine. It takes time to go from soil to bottle and it's been worth the wait. This is her first release and we are thrilled to offer it.
Deep core of black fruit, dried herbs, hints of vanilla on the nose, on the palate it so polished with hidden power that just keeps expanding and expanding. Crazy long finish. The wine shows emense talent. Defiantly made by experience. The perfect wine to show off to your friends a new hidden gem.
While researching Robin's back ground I found we had a lot in common: Midwestern heritage, a good majority of our careers in the wine industry, a love for gardening and raising chickens--she does one-up me on raising pigs as well, but that makes me think I should try that too. As the story goes, Robin spent the last 15 years promoting Washington wines, 6 of which were as executive director of the Washington State Wine Commission. After her tenure she felt the strong need to return to her family's roots and farm. This time it would be vines. She bought a 10 acre parcel of alfalfa field right out side Yakima and planted it to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Understanding you need much help to survive in the wine world she enlisted two long time industry veterans. First up was Patrick Rawn from Two Mountain Vineyards. He helped guide the planting and vineyard design. Next she enlisted fellow Vashon Island wine maker Chris Camarda, owner of Andrew Will Winery, easily recognized as one of the state's top winemakers. Chris has helped with the entire picture from the vineyard to helping with the wine. The winery side of the story is very small, just about 600 cases when fully on line.
Chris Camarda was also by her side when she started her coffee project. They tried out many roasters before they felt they had it right. In 2012 she bought her commercial roaster. The rest is history. Living the life farming on Vashon.