Ott & Murphy Wines

About

At Ott and Murphy Wines, we handcraft small lots of artisan wines that reflect our relationship with our growers whose skill and integrity produce the beautiful grapes that reflect Washington State’s unique glacial and volcanic geology, and our friends and family who work with us during long daytime hours and into the night during Crush, to ready those grapes for transformation by the winemakers.

Location Description

Located on the waterfront in historic downtown Langley, on Whidbey Island.

Features

  • OM represents the universal resonance (and Ott & Murphy).

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ 30.00

Winemaker

Eric Murphy - Head Winemaker
David Ott - Winemaker

The Team

Diane Kauffman – Tasting Room Manager

Practices & Techniques

Because we work in small lots we can use traditional French and artisan techniques: cold soaks, co-fermentation at crush, hand punch downs, stem Inclusion, sur lie aging & battonage, minimal filtration or fining, and carefully balanced oak exposure. We handle our wines very lightly during barrel aging, striving to minimize pumping. The winemakers favor low oxygen exposure during barrel aging to help preserve the wines’ intense fruit flavors and aromas.

Our Swedish Arts and Crafts inspired winery is designed to optimize its solar exposure with an insulated, passive-solar heated fermentation room. And our cellar employs super-insulation and earth cooling to minimize its energy use. Along similar lines, we are using lighter weight glass for many of our releases, saving resources and energy.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Elephant Mountain Vineyard | Sugarloaf Vineyard:

Joe Hattrup, Grower & Owner
Denis Gayte, Vineyard Manager
Rattlesnake Hills Appellation

Located above the valley floor at 1600 feet, Elephant Mountain Vineyard is positioned at the western end of the Yakima Valley, near the city of Yakima. Soils are a mixture of fine to heavier silt, loam, and alluvial gravel resulting from the great Missoula floods. A walk through the vineyard reveals small quartzite stones of igneous origin.

The vineyard was established in 1998 by Joe and Tom Hattrup. Their background as orchardists provided a strong foundation for the transition to becoming grape growers, and establishing what today is considered one of the Yakima Valley’s finest younger vineyards. Elephants Mountain’s high elevation provides excellent protection from frost damage, helping to extend the growing season late into the fall. The Elephant Mountain Syrah embodies a classic structure. The grapes show flavors of currents, and black raspberry. They hint of dark chocolate, and roasted coffee. The higher elevation here contributes to greater hang-time while the summer’s sun, sometimes intense at 1600 feet, increases skin thickness, thereby adding structural tannins.

The Hattrups’ Sugarloaf Vineyard is located lower down on the Missoula flood plain, closer to the valley floor. The soils are similar, but rockier, with more cobbles and gravel. Sugarloaf is young, but shows great promise. We are currently sourcing Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Mourvedre from Elephant Mountain. In 2009 we will source some of the first blocks of Tempranillo and Grenache from Sugarloaf, as well as a few small lots of Clone 99 Tablas Creek and Phelps clone Syrah.

Boushey:

Dick Boushey, owner & grower
Yakima Valley Appellation

Coyote Canyon Vineyard:

Bob, Mike and Jeff Andrews, Growers & Owners
Horse Heaven Hills Appellation

Mercer Canyons/Spice Cabinet Vineyard:

Horse Heaven Hills Appellation

La Coye Vineyards:

Steven Peterson, Managing Partner
Dick Boushey, Vineyard Manager
Red Mountain Appellation

Destiny Ridge Vineyard:

Jarrod Boyle, Manager & Winemaker
Jose Luis Yanez, Vineyard Foreman
Horse Heaven Hills Appellation

S&O Fruit:

Patricia Obrien & George Schneider,
Growers & Owners
Yakima Valley Appellation

Swede Hill Vineyards:

David Ott & Diane Kaufman
Growers and Owners
Whidbey Island, Puget Sound Appellation

After modeling our site’s degree days for a year, in May of 2008 we planted test grape rows here at the farm looking for a red wine grape that will ripen dependably on this sunny hilltop. We’ve planted Pinot Noir Precoce, Garanoir, and and Agria clones. And as a fans of Whidbey Island’s lovely white wine Siegerrebe grapes, we have a row planted to make sure this varietal appreciates our soil and exposure. Over the next few years we will make our selections and plant more grapes to give us some estate wines to add to the beautiful Eastern Washington varietals we currently use.

Awards

June 2012

2008 L’Entente Red
Double Gold Medal

2009 Grenache
Bronze Medal

2009 Tempranillo
Gold Medal

2012 Chanson Rose’
Gold Medal

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Hours

Sunday 1 to 8 pm, Monday Tuesday & Thursday 3 to 8PM Friday & Saturday 1 to 10 PM Closed Wednesdays

Address

204 First St.
Langley, Washington 98260
United States

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