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Jan 01, 2015
GOLDENDALE, Wash. – Richard Batchelor was fresh off of his first harvest and winter in Washington when he happened upon a table at Taste Washington in March 2010 in Seattle. It turned out to be a profound moment in his winemaking career and in the future direction ofMaryhill Winery – his new employer.
The table was showcasing wines from the Rattlesnake Hills, an American Viticultural Area that is in the northern Yakima Valley around the town of Zillah.
Batchelor, a New Zealand native who had been working in Napa Valley before coming north to Washington in summer 2009, liked what he was tasting and began chatting with Joe Hattrup, owner of Elephant Mountain Vineyards.
“I tasted through some of the wines made from Elephant Mountain grapes,” Batchelor told Great Northwest Wine. “I really enjoyed all the options and wanted to expand the portfolio.”
That opportunity helped lead him and Maryhill Winery owner Craig Leuthold to create a new tier of wines. Just their second vintage produced a red Rhône-style blend that caught our attention this year and led us to name it our Great Northwest Wine of the Year: the Maryhill Winery 2011 Hattrup Farms Marvell GSM, a $40 blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.
To read the full article at Great Northwest Wine, click here.