Alexandria Nicole's Destiny Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills
 

Alexandria Nicole Cellars  
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Website:  www.alexandrianicolecellars.com    Email:  info@alexandrianicolecellars.com

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Tasting Rooms and Private Event Facilities

Prosser Tasting Room
(Daily: 11 am - 5 pm)
$5 tasting fee refunded with $20 purchase
Wine & Food Park
2880 Lee Road, Suite D (Map)
Prosser, WA  99350
509-786-3497
Email Prosser Tasting Room

Hollywood Schoolhouse
Woodinville Tasting Room
(Daily: Noon - 5 pm; Wine Club Happy Hour, Fri 5 - 8 pm)
$10 tasting fee refunded with $20 purchase
14810 Northeast 145th Street (Map)
Woodinville, WA 
425-487-9463
Email
Woodinville Tasting Room

Winery & Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard
(By Appointment only)
158422 W Sonova Road (Map)
Horse Heaven Hills AVA
Near Paterson
509-242-9979

Schedule a Private Wine & Food Pairing at either
of the Prosser or Woodinville tasting rooms or
join a tasting and a walk through the vines at Destiny Vineyard.

Wine club rooms and banquet facilities rentals available
in Alexandria Nicole's tasting rooms located in Prosser & Woodinville
 


  Winery Information Highlights

Winery Details     |     Alexandria Nicole Cellars Wine Club     |     Destiny Ridge Vineyard

Principles: 
Jarrod and Ali Boyle

Winemaker:  
Jarrod Boyle

Average Annual Production:

10,000 cases

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Vineyard Foreman:
Jose Luis Yanez

Destiny Ridge Vineyard
267 planted acres in the
Horse Heaven Hills AVA

23 Planted Varietals Including:
Riesling, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc,
Roussanne, Marsanne, Merlot, Malbec,
Tempranillo, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache,
Lemberger, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

 

Winery and Vineyard Details

Alexandria Nicole Cellars
...where Destiny, Winemaking and Passion join hands

THE STORY - FIRST A VINEYARD

       When Jarrod and Ali Boyle christened their 367 acres of land in the Horse Heaven Hills of Washington, their choice of a vineyard name came easily.  With providence clearly playing a strong role in the acquisition of their viticultural estate, naming it Destiny Ridge Vineyard was a natural.  Naming their brand was equally easy for Jarrod, choosing his wife's name, Alexandria Nicole.

       Jarrod was born in Prosser and learned the secrets of successful vineyard management while working as assistant viticulturalist for Hogue Cellars under the tutelage of  Dr. Wade Wolfe who also worked for Hogue at that time.  It was then that wine grape growing and winemaking became Jarrod's passion. 

       While working for Hogue, Jarrod inspected grapes and made grower recommendations for  helping grape varietals achieve their desired characteristics.  One day, Jarrod's routine inspection of a vineyard on nearby Horse Heaven Hills brought about a paradigm shift in Jarrod's career... and his life.  On that day he took particular note of a piece of raw land sloping gently to the south and overlooking the Columbia River.  From that moment forward, visions of vineyard blocks danced in his head. 

       Soon after, in a casual conversation with an old friend, Jarrod related his discovery of the beautiful piece of land and his vision of planting a vineyard there.  Jarrod's friend Rob Mercer (a member of the well-known local farming family) became almost as excited as Jarrod when he realized the land of Jarrod's dream was owned by his father... Bud Mercer.  Before long, the Mercer family joined with the Boyle family, and the dream of a vineyard on that hillside - Destiny Ridge Vineyard - was born.  The first vines were planted in the fall of 1998. 
 

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THEN A WINERY

       Originally, the plan for the vineyard was to sell its fruit to wineries that wanted to produce small case lots of fine wine.  But when the vines came into full production and the fruit quality proved to be extraordinaryl, Jarrod's thoughts turned to a winery of his own.  He would make wines from grapes grown on his own vineyards where he could control viticultural choices and monitor fruit quality from bud to bottle!

       The state-of-the-art Alexandria Nicole Cellars winery was constructed on Destiny Ridge Vineyard in September of 2004 when the first-planted vines were just six years old.  The facility was designed to suit the production of small-lot handcrafted wines.

Alexandria Nicole Cellars' Destiny Ridge Vineyard and its winery in the Horse Heaven Hills appellation

Features of the production facility include:

  • Custom-made receiving station & a sorting table to process all hand-picked fruit;

  • Small open-top fermenting tanks that could be heated or cooled;

  • Climatic controlled room with humidification control;

  • Pneumatic punch down equipment for gentle, quality fermentation control;

  • A view that is priceless.

       Overlooking the majestic Columbia River, the site of Alexandria Nicole Cellars' winery and Destiny Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA provides an awe-inspiring backdrop for myriad special events... events designed for wine and food enthusiasts and for philanthropic community fundraising.  Private tours, barrel tastings and vineyard tours can be arranged Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm by appointment only.  Call 509-786-3497 to schedule your tour.  Come taste the power of Destiny.

 


Destiny Ridge Vineyard

158422 W Sonova Road
Horse Heaven Hills AVA
Near
Paterson, WA
509-242-9979

MAP

 

Sustainable farming practices
Bird-friendly, quiet wind-spire turbines generate electricity
Used barrels recycled into handmade furniture

       On high bluffs overlooking the beautiful Columbia River, Washington State's wine region known as Horse Heaven Hills provides a home for Alexandria Nicole Cellars' 367-acre estate where Destiny Ridge Vineyard thrives.  It is here - high on the dominant ridge line - that 23 grape varietals are planted to 267 acres that currently comprise the vineyard.  The first vines for Destiny Ridge Vineyard were planted in the fall of 1998, seven years before Horse Heaven Hills was federally authorized as an official American Viticulture Area (AVA) in the state of Washington.

       Within the vineyard lie four different soil types, each producing unique flavors and characteristics in the grape varietals grown on them.  Each distinct terroir proved to have its own message sent through its ripened grapes.  It was here that a passionate man learned patience; Jarrod Boyle waited with optimistic excitement for the final fruits to come of age.  Using his past experiences working with many renowned winemakers, Jarrod experimented with his own winegrowing and winemaking processes to enhance and reflect the terroir of Destiny Ridge Vineyard in his finished wines. 

        The soils and climatic conditions of the Horse Heaven Hills appellation have demonstrated their favorability for growing many wine-grape varietals.  Destiny Ridge Vineyard nurtures 23 varietals, including:

Riesling
Viognier
Pinot Gris
Sauvignon Blanc
Roussanne
Marsanne
Chardonnay
Muscat
Merlot
Malbec
Tempranillo
Mourvèdre
Syrah
Grenache
Lemberger
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Franc
Petit Verdot

The Geology

       The hills of Destiny Ridge Vineyard are geologic folds in the earth's crust which are responsible for the consistent winds that blow across the land; the windy climate is part of what makes the Horse Heaven Hills' appellation distinct from the large Columbia Valley appellation that surrounds it.  Wind lowers the risk of vineyard disease and pests, while at the same time it stresses the vines by drying them out.  Add quick-draining soils of silty loam to the mix of vineyard characteristics and the need for irrigation becomes even more pronounced.  Drip irrigation is the canopy-management tool of choice to control the vigor of the vines at Destiny Ridge.

       In addition to its distinctive topography, Destiny Ridge Vineyard benefits from its proximity to the Columbia River.  Although it sits approximately 800 feet above the river, the vineyard is relieved of temperature extremes suffered elsewhere in the Columbia Valley AVA, thanks to the modifying effects of the river (with its stirring of air currents) and the sloping of the lad toward the river (draining cold air away from the vines). 

        All these factors help produce intense-flavored grapes with a structural balance of sugars and acids.  Add to the mix attentive viticultural and enological management - including balancing crop levels and gentle processing of grapes - and you have the secret formula behind consistently excellent harvests and wines from Destiny Ridge Vineyard.

         Fruit not used for the wines of Alexandria Nicole Cellars is sold to other wineries under contract with Destiny Ridge Vineyard. 

More information about Destiny Ridge Vineyard
 



VISITING DESTINY RIDGE ESTATE VINEYARD AND WINERY

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Tours and tastings at Destiny Ridge Vineyard are available and can be scheduled by appointment.  The winery located at the vineyard also offers barrel tasting,
five-course meals and guided tours of the production facility during special events.
For more information call 509-786-3497.



 



Featured Alexandria Nicole Cellars Wines

See all available ANC wines & shop online or call 509-786-3497

      Alexandria Nicole Cellars is passionate about winemaking.  It produces small lots of handcrafted wine from grapes it grows at Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard in Washington's Horse Heaven Hills appellation.  Its goal is to make wines that are elegant, approachable and true to the terroir.  


2012 Riesling
Destiny Ridge Vineyards
Horse Heaven Hills
$12.00 per bottle
Double Platinum - Wine Press Northwest 
#70 in Top 100 - Great Northwest Wine
Best Buy & Excellent - Great Northwest Wine
Gold Medal - Seattle Wine Awards
(Purchase securely online)

Light Straw in color, this off-dry Riesling expresses luscious aromas of dried apricot, honeysuckle and baked apple.  Delightfully fresh, the palate shows bright and crisp flavors of peach, tropical fruit and freshly squeezed lime juice.  With its balanced acidity and a touch of sweetness, Alexandria Nicole’s estate White Riesling is mouthwatering and precise.  Serve chilled for casual sipping or pairs perfectly with glazed ham, spicy Thai dishes and pate de foie-gras.  Alcohol: 12.8%  Residual Sugar: 0.68 g/L  574 cases produced.

2013 Shepherds Mark
Destiny Ridge Vineyards
Horse Heaven Hills
$24.00 per bottle
Double
Gold Medal - Seattle Wine Awards
Gold Medal - Sunset Wine Awards
Champion White Blend - Sip NW's 2014 Best of the NW

(Purchase securely online)

In the early 1900’s, pioneering sheepherders left their mark on the Horse Heaven Hills in the form of Rock Monuments. These monuments - some still standing along the ridge line of our Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard - were used for marker identification, recreational pastime, artistic expression, or  even to simply leave one's mark on the world.  We dedicate this Rhone Blend to all the pioneers of the Horse Heaven Hills and continue our efforts to leave our mark on the world through the artistic expression of our wines.  This unique and flavorful white wine boasts floral notes of lavender, layered with Anjou pear, lemon lime and honey crisp apple, all leading into a delicious mix of citrus and white peach.  Beautifully balanced with a viscous yet crisp mouth-feel that lingers on the pallet and leads to a refreshing finish.  Stainless steel fermentation.  Blend:  60% Roussanne, 30% Marsanne, 10% Viognier. Alcohol: 13.4%.  613 cases produced.

2012 Jet Black Syrah
Destiny Ridge Vineyard
Horse Heaven Hills
$25.00 per bottle
Double Gold - 2014 Seattle Wine Awards
Sunset Wine Awards - Gold & Best of Class
(Purchase securely online)

Whole berry fermentation leads the way for this deep and dense black in color Syrah. There’s
an energy driving the wine, immediately apparent in the sultry aromas of blackberries,
huckleberry, mocha, lavender, and espresso. The flavors are thick and saturated, coating the
mouth with dark cherry, toffee, cedar and a delicate leathery spice. A very generous mid-palate
with loads of texture yet it manages to stay fresh and elegant, with juicy acidity, very fine, silky
and sleek tannins, and a brilliant finish that certainly doesn’t lack for length. Impressive now,
but if drinking before 2015, please decant. Aged 18 months in 1-year-old French & American oak barrels. 100% Syrah (Blocks 1,4,15,43).

2011 Destiny
Destiny Ridge Vineyards
Horse Heaven Hills
$48.00 per bottle
90 - 92 pts - Wine Advocate
(Purchase securely online)

This dark and voluptuous Bordeaux blend is deep purple in color and is highlighted by bold, concentrated aromas of ripe cherry, black licorice, rose petal, cassis and eucalyptus.  Firm, refined and expressive, the supple mouth presents a gorgeous array of lush black currant, leathery spice, vanilla, toasted cedar and a touch of earth, which mingles effortlessly on a beautifully balanced frame.  The flavors are well-developed and rich in texture and depth, adding intrigue and complexity to an already extremely long, tightly focused, finish.  This dark beauty is ready to go on release, but it unwinds with air, so decanting is advisable for those who don’t want to wait until 2016.  Aged 24 months in 75% new French Oak barrels & 25% once-filled French Oak barrels.  Blend:  57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Carmenere.  Alcohol:  14.6%  Release limited to 317 cases.

2011 Quarry Butte
Destiny Ridge Vineyard
Horse Heaven Hills
$25.00 per bottle
Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle
90 pts - BTI
Excellent - Great Northwest Wines
(Purchase securely online)

An elegantly expressive six-varietal blend that packs a punch for the value, capturing the unique terroir of Destiny Ridge Vineyard.  It’s loaded with aromatics of black cherry, vanilla, peppercorn, dried herbs and leather.  The palate is ripe with blackberry, cherry, rich and supple tannins, hints of cedar and elegant oak-spice that lead to a balanced structure and lengthy finish.  Our Estate Vineyard was historically called Quarry Butte and was slated to become a rock quarry prior to planting.  Blend: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 8% Malbec, 5% Cabernet franc, 3% Petit Verdot.  Aged 20 months in 60% new French oak barrels and 40% two-year-old French oak. Release limited to 1096 cases.

2011 "a-SQUARED" Cabernet Sauvignon
Destiny Ridge Vineyard
Horse Heaven Hills
$24.00 per bottle
Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards
90 pts - Wine Spectator
(Purchase securely online)

Carefully selected, blended and barrel aged for 20 months (55% new French oak and 45% two-year-old French oak), this vibrant, bull-bodied Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with dark fruit, ripe berry flavors, black currant with hints of rosemary and vanilla.  There's excellent depth in the mid-palate and polished tannins that tighten up in the mineral-tinged finish.  A smooth mouthfeel stands gracefully on its own combining with a structure to beautifully complement food.  Nearing maturity, the vivid flavors of the finish still suggest a terrific future, so even though it is drinking well now, it will benefit from another year or two in the cellar.  Blend:  82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc; 8% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot.  Aged 20 months in 65% new French oak and 35% two-year-old French oak barrels.  Alcohol: 14.4%  Release limited to 497 cases.


Finding the three locations of Alexandria Nicole

How to find Alexandria Nicole Cellars'
Prosser Tasting Room
(Tasting Room: Daily, 11 am - 5 pm)
Wine & Food Park
2880 Lee Road, Suite C
Prosser, WA  99350
509-786-3497

Map to Prosser Tasting Room for Alexandria Nicole Cellars



How to find the Alexandria Nicole Cellars' winery
and Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills.
(Private Tours & Tastings by Appointment only - 509-786-3497)
158422 W Sonova Road
Horse Heaven Hills
Near Paterson
509-242-9979

Map to Destiny Ridge Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills


How to find Alexandria Nicole Cellars'
Hollywood Schoolhouse Tasting Room in Woodinville
(Daily: Noon - 5 pm; Wine Club Happy Hour, Fri 5 - 8 pm)
14810 Northeast 145th Street
Woodinville, WA 
425-487-9463

Map to Alexandria Nicole Cellars Hollywood Schoolhouse Woodinville Tasting Room


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Last revised: 
12/16/2014