The average annual rainfall is 7.5 inches, which is at the low end of the range for eastern Washington. This site sees, on average 200 or more frost-free growing days making it one of the longest growing seasons in Washington State.
Winds are predominantly from the West and Southwest, and average 8 -12 mph in the late summer afternoon. Frequently, winds shift and blow down-slope from the north, the same direction as the row orientation, which has a number of beneficial effects. Winds can gust higher, but so far have not been severe enough to damage vines.
Sandy loam, predominately the Scoon series. The Scoon series consists of very shallow, well-drained soils on terraces and alluvial fans. This is typical of a geological location where wind-blown loess has been deposited on a more durable substrate. The underlying sediments and glacial outwash were deposited 13,000-20,000 years ago by the catastrophic floods of glacial meltwater from the Glacial Lake Missoula. The flood water reached an elevation of 1450 feet.
VARIETALS SOURCED: Malbec
CLONES: Field Blend Clone #4, 6, 9
ROOTSTOCK: Own rooted
WHY WE LOVE IT
StoneTree is located in Wahluke Slope which is famed for the dry, dusty tannins that the appellation is known to impart on its red wines. This quality perfectly suits the Malbec that we produce from the site, which is quite warm with fruit ripen very early. We cannot imagine producing our Malbec from anywhere else
OUR STONETREE VINEYARD WINES
TOTAL NUMBER OF ACRES: 250
ACRES SOURCED: 0.5
EXPOSURE: On the foothills of the Saddle Mountains
SOIL TYPE: Scoon series sandy loam
TRELLISING: Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP)
FARMED BY: Tedd Wildman
YEAR PLANTED: 2000
SUSTAINABLITY: Sustainably farmed,
Integrated Pest Management
The Malbec that we pull of of StoneTree is one of the first varietals that we have come into the winery every year, sometimes a week prior to the first Chardonnay. Despite it being an early pick, there is ample hang time and the fruit produces a classic, medium-bodied Malbec wine that is always on of my favorite wines to imbibe, especially with pizza!
Cody Janett, Winemaker