Corliss Estates is one of those wineries that aims to be larger than life. Veiled in secrecy, it has been lying patiently in the wings, ready to introduce itself to the world as the next great Washington wine. With the release of their 2003 vintage they are entering the front door of the wine world and not planning on leaving. I’m excited by them, I’m sure you will be too.
I first learned of Corliss Estates at a wine tasting that I attended with Stephen Tanzer this past summer. Steve was talking about this new winery from Walla Walla called ‘Corliss Estates’; he discussed how they’ve been very low key and quietly doing their thing. Steve envisioned Corliss Estates to be one of those wineries whose goal was to hit 100 points continually. Grand ambitions indeed. It was both intriguing and exciting to hear of a winery that wants to be the very best at what they do and given Steve’s excitement for their release, I was interested too. Armed with this knowledge, I did a Google search for Corliss Estates, came upon their website and signed up for their registry.
Who wouldn’t want to be a part of something ground level up with the ambition of positioning itself to be one of the great wineries of Washington and to further establish itself as world class? I received email updates (they were great with correspondence!) and then the letter came in the mail requesting orders for their 2003 vintage. This release included a Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Red Blend. I jumped at the Red.