The Passion for the Art of Blending

Brian Carter is one of the originals. When he arrived on the scene in 1980 there were only 16 wineries in Washington State, a number that has now grown to over 500. Brian’s influence has touched all 500 of those wineries in some way with his contributions to the industry in those early days. His involvement as winemaker, consultant, and guide to dozens of wineries has helped elevate Washington wines from a regional industry to an international powerhouse.
During his years as consulting winemaker for the likes of McCrea Cellars, Hedges Family Cellars, Randall Harris, Silver Lake, and many more, Brian began to develop his own theme for winemaking, “the passion for the art of blending.” It began with a small batch wine called “Solesce” until finally introducing his own signature wines in 2007. “It’s great to see my passion for blended wines transformed into these new European-style blends using Washington State grapes,” he says. 

The Brian Carter Selections represent six European-style blended wines are the culmination of his years as a premier Washington winemaker, building relationship with premier vineyard owners. With his connections to the best vineyards in the state, he is able to source the perfect grapes that allow him to produce wines that deliver the regional characteristics from of best regions of Europe.

ORIANA   (Latin for 'golden lady')
Uniquely Aromatic White Wine Blend

Oriana utilizes two grapes originally from the Rhone Valley of France. The core variety, Viognier, is rich in aromas of peaches and apricots and Roussanne deepens the peach character and adds a hint of melons. Then blend is finished with Riesling to add a touch of pears and apple blossoms. This richly textured wine finishes with food friendly acidity.

TUTTOROSSO  (Italian for 'all red')
Super-Tuscan Style Red Blend

Our Tuttorosso Italian Super-Tuscan style blend salutes the maverick winemakers who broke with tradition to create a new category of wines from Tuscany with a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Close your eyes, put your nose to the glass - there is a hint of white truffles, wild ripe blackberries and dark chocolate. Take a sip and open your eyes to Tuttorosso!
BYZANCE  (French for "luxurious")
Southern Rhone-Style Red Blend

Byzance is carefully crafted from the Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. The 2007 vintage was further enhanced by the addition of the varietal Counoise and Cinsault. Deep garnet in color, the wine has complex aromas of dried cherries, rose petals, bay leaf, white pepper and clove. Balanced for food, and age-ability, the wine has dark fruit and spice flavors which linger on the palate.
Le Coursier (French for 'the steed')
Bordeaux-Style Red Blend

This 'Right-Bank' style blend is carefully crafted using Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Dark in color, the aroma is black fruit, cassis and cedar. Mouth filling flavors and the exquisite balance of acid, tannin and fruit promise long term age-ability along with near term drinkability.