Latah Creek Monarch Primitivo 2012

Latah Creek Monarch Primitivo 2012
Latah Creek Monarch Primitivo 2012


Father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie started the Monarch Reserve Red program in 2008, with the first release in April 2010. The idea was to give Natalie an opportunity to learn an individual grape intimately, on a small-scale level.


When Mike and Natalie were talking with their Petite Sirah source, he mentioned he also had a small amount of Primitivo grapes available. Since this was one of Mike and Ellena’s favorite varietals from their Italy tour, they tried to surprise Ellena with the wine, but unfortunately she found out early since she pays the grape bill. The light and fruity style of the grape make a wonderfully smooth wine. Because of its Reserve nature, this wine spent more time on oak, 16 months in French and American Oak, and is a small-lot wine; only 8 barrels were produced.


Sweet red raspberry, black grape, and fine leather aromas greet your nose. Flavors of blackberry and tayberry engulf your taste buds when you take your first sip, while toasty oak, cracked pepper, and sweet berry notes linger on your tongue. A balanced acidity adds a brightness enabling the wine to be enjoyed now and for years to come.


Enjoy this wine with beef, hearty meals, and heavy pasta dishes such as Ellena’s Tuscan Spaghetti alla Puttanesca recipe in her latest cookbook.



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Varietal Composition98% Primitivo, 2% Petite Sirah
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills
VineyardZephyr Ridge Vineyard
Aging18 months in a combination of old and new French and American oak
Fermentationfull primary and secondary
Residual Sugar0.0%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date07/15/2014

Gold, Great Northwest Wine Competition 2015

Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

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