New Motto wines are a collection of distinct, dark, rich wines from California that deliver a bold wine experience. Motto wines offer a new take on California winemaking from the perspective of the renowned winemaking team at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, known for producing some of the best-selling wines from Washington State. Motto wines are available in three varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Red Blend.
"We wanted to put a Washington spin on California wines, so we implemented the same approach we use for our Washington wines, but with California grapes," said Motto winemaker Reid Klei, who has worked in the Washington winemaking industry for Ste. Michelle Wines Estates for 10 years.
"I have been making wine in Washington for my entire career so I came into the Motto wines with no preconceived notions or ideas of how California wines should be made," continued Klei. "I entered it with a blank slate and was able to sit down, taste the wines and really focus on the wines and all their characteristics and put together blends and combinations of things I thought tasted well together. I think this makes the Motto wines a little different and gives them a unique spin."
Each of the three varietals boasts a distinct character – BACKBONE™, UNABASHED™ and GUNG HO™ – creating a bold experience with every sip.
• The 2013 Backbone Cabernet Sauvignon has a strong, determined flavor with dark, concentrated notes of red plum, caramel and bright raspberry that explode out of the glass for a lasting finish.
• The 2013 Unabashed Zinfandel boasts proud and striking scents of soft leather, revealing flavors of chocolate covered raspberries and a touch of spice.
• The 2013 Gung Ho Red Blend excites the palate quickly, full of zealous and enthusiastic fruitful flavors of blueberry, pomegranate and spice.