After a visit to Italy, Mike and Ellena came home in love with Chiantis. The light, everyday-style of this wine appealed to them because of its easy drinking and versatile food pairing. Upon returning home, Mike was able to find Sangiovese grapes (the main grape in Italian Chiantis) in the Wahluke Slop AVA, his favorite red wine growing region. This wine quickly became not only a staff favorite and an Ellena favorite, but a customer favorite as well. This is why it was so devastating when Latah Creek’s vines were destroyed with a deep freeze in 2010. Natalie was able to find recently planted Sangiovese vines from their Chenin Blanc grower; therefore, after nearly two years of missing this wine, it was back. Since this is Ellena’s absolute favorite varietal, father/daughte winemaking team, Mike and Natalie have designated it as Ellena’s Sangiovese.
The 2012 vintage is being heralded as one of the best growing seasons for red varieties. This is evident in Latah Creek’s 2012 Sangiovese. It is Mike and Natalie’s winemaking style to produce red wines with a lower alcohol content (12.5%-13.5%). They believe that this allows the varietal characteristics to shine, producing a fruit-forward and balanced wine. The wine went through a secondary fermentation, increasing its smooth mouthfeel, and 12 months in a combination of French and American oak to soften the edges.
For those who don't know my Mom's cookbooks, she has 3 of them. Her 1st and 2nd cookbooks were released 11 and 13 years ago, while her 3rd cookbook was released 3 years ago, but this time in a binder format with room to grow. The 1st and 2nd cookbooks have been remade to fit into the binder also, so you can have all three cookbooks in the same spot (cookbook #1 has green colored recipes, cookbook #2 has yellow colored recipes, and cookbook #3 has maroon colored recipes). To reference the above recipes, I give the color for the new cookbooks, and the cookbook number for the old cookbooks. Click here to buy Ellena's cookbooks