On a nice day, we made the trek to the Olympic Peninsula to check out some of the wineries on the other side of Puget Sound. We came across an interesting winery just south of Discovery Bay called Eaglemount (www.eaglemountwinery.com).
Unlike Woodinville wineries, Eaglemount’s tasting room is located right at a working farm which was started on an 1883 homestead. The winery is somewhat difficult to find and includes a mile-long drive on an old dirt road before arriving at the tasting room and farm.
The homestead tradition is continued by harvesting variety apples from the old orchard to make apple cider. All ciders are made from certified organic or sustainably produced apples, pears and other fruits and don’t contain sulfites.
We entered the tasting room, located in an old house, and were greeted by Piper Corbett who convinced us we needed to taste both the ciders and the wines. The tasting room is decorated as an old traditional farmhouse. It almost seems to be frozen in time, reminding us of what life was like over 100 years ago.
We started our tasting with three of the seven available ciders. The first was the homestead dry, made from heirloom apples. We were pleasantly surprised at the subtle taste, as we were expecting cider to be much sweeter. Next was the quince cider, a curiously aromatic one-of-a kind cider. But the most unique cider we tried was the Boot Brawl, which is hopped with Washington state Cascade hops. It was an interesting cross between a cider and a beer. We’ve never tasted anything like it.
But this is a wine column, so we also tried the Eaglemount wines, which were added in 2006. Grapes for the wines come from small vineyards in Eastern Washington. This is due to the fact that the climate on the Olympic Peninsula, much like Woodinville, is not really great for growing quality wine grapes. Washington state is really interesting in that 99 percent of all wine grapes are grown in Eastern Washington, but a significant number of wineries are located in Western Washington. We don’t know of any other area of the world that trucks so many grapes over a mountain range to bring them to production wineries.
We started with the Eaglemount red, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. It was both earthy and woody in taste. The Cabernet Sauvignon was our favorite – a traditional Washington Cab – fruit forward and rich in taste. This wine won a silver medal in the Sunset International competition.
Eaglemount is located at 2350 Eaglemount Road, Port Townsend Wash. Tasting room hours are Thursday-Monday from 12 to 5 or by appointment. Wine prices range from $20 to $40.