Washington State is one of the few wine regions in the world where vineyards can accrue the near-celebrity status normally appreciated by larger-than-life winemaker personalities. There are at least a handful of sites here whose name on a bottle will widen the eyes and quicken the pulse of serious Pacific Northwest wine geeks—and Sheridan Vineyard is one of them.
Sheridan was established in 1997, when longtime finance whiz Scott Greer decided that it was time to abandon spreadsheets for a life in wine. His vineyard is located in the Yakima Valley AVA, near the town of Zillah. It spans an elevation ranging from 1,120 to 1,230 feet above sea level, and the soils are a shallow sandy-loam mix. By shallow, Greer points out they can be as little as six inches deep. Those are tough conditions for a vine, but great ones for wine. Like much of Eastern Washington, the location is very sunny, very dry (only 6 to 7 inches of annual precipitation), and very warm (3,100 degree-days of heat accumulation).
From a small start of just four acres, Sheridan Vineyard has grown to a footprint of 80 acres planted to vines. The overwhelming majority of production is red, and the leading variety by far is Cabernet Sauvignon, with 35 acres in place and three more on the way. In addition, there are smaller plantings of Cabernet Franc (15 acres), Merlot (10 acres), and Syrah (8 acres). Only a few acres are devoted to white varieties, and Chardonnay represents most of them.
For studious viticulture enthusiasts, plantings are laid out 8’ x 4’ for Merlot, and 8’ x 5’ for more vigorous varieties. Trellising is by vertical shoot positioning (VSP), while irrigation is all by drip. Yields are very low: averaging just 1.5 to 2.5 tons per acre.
Scott manages a practically perfect vineyard operation, and we are extremely proud of our collaboration with him—especially since he sells his fine fruit to only four people. You can taste the results of this partnership in every bottle of Powers Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve designated with Sheridan Vineyard on the front.
To learn more about Sheridan Vineyard, visit the website: www.sheridanvineyard.com
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