“When I first got to Walla Walla, I started studying winemaking and working as a cellar hand. I remember being there in August, when it was brutally hot, washing barrels in a parking lot and I was smiling. It’s the most monotonous, horrible thing you can do, but I was so happy to be there. ”
- Andrew Latta, Owner & Winemaker
Latta Wines was founded in 2011 by winemaker and owner Andrew Latta. Born and raised in Kentucky, Andrew’s path to wine was through the restaurant world. He climbed from a busser to a Sommelier, eventually developing award-winning wine programs at restaurants around the globe. Washington State stood out to him among all the emerging and traditional wine-growing regions and so, sight unseen, more than a decade ago he jumped into his first harvest in Walla Walla. He learned the ropes of winemaking and gained both a deep understanding of Washington’s terroir as well as relationships with the best vineyards through 10 years with a major player in the State before venturing out on his own.
Focused on Rhone varietals, Andrew makes phenomenal wines that in his own words, “have something to say,” and are from sites where “the grapes match the dirt perfectly.” His vineyards are sustainably farmed and his wines are crafted with minimal intervention.
On the nose, savory herbs, maple smoked bacon and leather are at the forefront, with fruit secondary. On the palate it’s the reverse: fruit dominates with loads of dark cherry, strawberry, plum and blackberry, rounded out by a subtle gaminess.
Aromas of violet and tart blackberry intertwine with those of cured meats and black pepper. Medium bodied and with a soft texture, dark fruits and unsweetened cocoa dominate the palate and linger on the finish.
This white wine shows intense aromatics of peach, apricot, honeycomb, white flowers and wet stone. Rich and creamy on the palate, layers of fruit and floral flavors unfold and linger for a long finish.