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Boudreaux Cellars

Boudreaux Cellars Boudreaux Cellars is located on Eightmile Creek in the heart of beautiful Icicle Canyon deep in the Cascade Mountains. In keeping with the agrarian traditions of the Taliaferro and Newsom families of Louisiana, winemaker Rob Newsom produces small lots of hand-crafted ultra-premium wines with grapes sourced from the best Washington State vineyards: Bishop's, Champoux, Homestead, Pepper Bridge, Sagemoor, Seven Hills, Wallula, and Watkins'. Rob's focus is on smooth, deeply complex cabernet sauvignon with forays into merlot, syrah, sangiovese, chardonnay and semillon. Enjoy our wines in honor of Boudreaux, that infamous Cajun folklore character known for his brilliant sense of humor and his pursuit of, yes sir, high adventure. We hope to meet you.

Due to our location at our home 7.7 miles up Icicle Road from Leavenworth, visitation is by appointment only.

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4551 Icicle Road, Leavenworth, WA, US, 98826 Email:
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  2002 Icicle Canyon Red
For those of you who love lighter yet very flavorful red wine. Sangiovese, the backbone of food-friendly Chianti, makes up 85% of this wine. Sangio is the source of all the peppery spice and wonderful acidity. The faint hint of sugar is for all the wonderful women in the world. Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) supports this wine providing structure and ruby cherries for the lighter, spicier Sangio flavors. A magnificent pizza wine. A very good BBQ wine. And don't be afraid to drink this wine slightly chilled on a hot summer evening.
  Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine is a fitting end to the remarkable 2003 vintage wines. The wine is 99% cabernet sauvignon from five remarkable Washington vineyards. Bacchus Vineyard Block 9 is part of the venerable Sagemoor Farm in the Columbia Valley. Old vines with deep flavors. Tended to perfection vine by vine by the vigilant Todd Cameron. Champoux Vinyard Block 2 in the Horse Heaven Hills is part of the old Mercer Ranch. Old vines managed to perfect balance by the legend, Paul Champoux. At the opposite eastern end of Horse Heaven Hills is the younger Wallula Vineyard managed by the Den Hoed brothers, Andy and Bill. Highly floral aromatics make these wines a standout for Chateau Ste. Michele, Leonetti, Abeja, Long Shadows and Boudreaux. Pepper Bridge Block 28 produces awesome fruit in the Walla Walla Valley. Managed by Tom and Tim Waliser, this vineyard is a big name for good reasons. Tom has an uncanny sixth sense for grape farming and how it relates to winemaking. The fifth vineyard contributing to our fab cab is Seven Hills Vineyard at the southern end of the Walla Walla Valley in Oregon. Chris Banek lives the day-to-day wine management with input from the owner winemakers. Our cab comes mostly from the Leonetti blocks so Chris Figgins always has his cunning eye on this fruit for us. Blending these various vineyards and sites within vineyards together into one 1500 gallon tank before bottling was one of the most exciting moments of my life so far. These wines were aged in French tight grain, Hungarian, Minnesota, Missouri and West Virginia oak for 22 months. The other 1% of the wine is comprised of merlot and syrah which were held over to add bouquet and spice for this bottling.
Barrel fermented through compete malolactic fermentation in French and Minnesota oak barrels. Stirred weekly with THE OAK DOWEL (With a moment of silent prayer for those who don't). Unfiltered, cold-stabilized, bottled in heavy Burgundian glass and finished with the highest quality Lafitte cork. The fruit is a 50/50 combination of the tropical-flavored Bishop's Vineyard (near the Columbia River east of Wenatchee and west of Quincy) and the nearby yet much higher Homestead Vineyard near Quincy. Homestead is the source of the dependably sustained acidity which gives this wine so much sex appeal with foodies. Both of the vineyards are managed by Terry Flanagan of Ryan Patrick Vineyards.
Having lost all of our usual Walla Walla Valley fruit in the 2004 freeze we were challenged to build a merlot which paralleled the 2003 wine. Fortunately two great vineyards stepped up for us. Bacchus, part of the venerable Sagemoor Farms and Desert Hills, the Den Hoed family farm on Snipes Road near Grandview provided us with beautiful merlot grapes. The Bacchus Vineyard Columbia valley fruit is deep, dark and classic. We have some of the best rows in Block 8. Todd Cameron and Kent Waliser, Boudreaux addicts, made sure we got the good stuff. The Desert Hills Block 52 (a good year) was planted in the Yakima Valley in 1987 on the very shallow soils over sandstone. Andy Den Hoed and Brett Calhoun produced fruit for us with bright elegant acidity, a perfect counter-balance for the deep ripeness of the Bacchus fruit. For fifteen months I topped these barrels with syrah just to add a faint hint of cinnamon-pepper to the recipe. The oak regime was fifty percent neutral French and Minnesota oaks.


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