Bontzu Cellars

Walla Walla, WA

Family owned and operated, BONTZU CELLARS is dedicated to producing wines that are terroir driven and vineyard designated. We are focused on Rhone and Bordeaux varietals, making wines in an uncompromising style of traditional techniques and a carefully managed New World way. Everybody agrees that all starts in the vineyard. This assertion is the foundation of our wine philosophy: understanding the vine, the soil and the sky, all natural, minimal intervention. It is wishful thinking that one can alter the intrinsic qualities of the juice or of the wine during the vilification process, or later: we can only try to retain the potential of the grapes. Vines and later, the wine, have to be in balance with its environment: the soil, the atmosphere, the energies from the solar system and the intimate surroundings. We are trying to keep and implement these factors when growing grapes and during wine making process, buy applying organic or sustainable practices on the vineyard we source our fruit from, with the ultimate goal to become, one day, a bio-dynamic wine producer of good wines,and hopefully, authentic ones, for sure.
2014 Syrah
This deep-violet, nearly black colored wine stays true to its Walla Walla origins with truffles, musk, earth, and wet forest floor on the nose. Vivid flavors of black currant, licorice, and blackberries make this wine a perfect pair for any bold foods. We like blue cheese, grilled vegetables, and roasted game with this particular vintage.
2014 Carmenere
Intense inky, violet colors are complementing aromas of bell pepper, tobacco, tar and coffee. These are almost an echo to the palate profile largely dominated by plums, cassis and wild spices. Grilled meats, lamb, duck, spicy and savory dishes are the best pair for this wine
2016 Pinot Gris
This Alsace style Pinot Gris shows hints of freshly cut pears and red apple. With a generous acidity and citrus zestiness, it finishes dry, underlining flavors of pears and tropical fruit.
2016 Viognier
With a deep golden color and a creamy mouthfeel, this wine is rich and viscous displaying floral notes of violet, honey and orange blossom. Peaches and apricots flavors are dominant on mid pallet, with a hint of grapefruit on background. With fresh and striking aromas this wine is best to be consumed young.