Siren Song Wines

Siren Song Winemaker Interview with Tempus Cellars

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Our small production limits the availability of our wines. We offer a select number of wines in Seattle's best wine shops and restaurants. Priority access to our full list of wines, as well as access to large format and library offerings, is made available exclusively through our club. We would be delighted to add you as a customer.

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Winemaker

Our winemaker, Kevin Brown, holds the creative vision for Siren Song. Having grown-up in California as the second son in a family of “foodies,” he experienced great wines from an early age. As an adult, he continued his wine and food education while living and working in France, Spain, and Malaysia. Whether it was while he was training to be a chef in Provence or while drinking “vino tinto” and running with the bulls in Pamplona, he heard the siren song of winemaking and it became a life-long seduction.

Practices & Techniques

It all begins with creative inspiration. It’s not too different from envisioning a painting or writing a song. The moment can come at any time and in any place. It might be that you’re sampling pintxos and sipping a Rioja in San Sebastián or eating lasagna with a Barbaresco in Boston. Something about the wine calls to you.

Once we have a vision for a particular wine, we start the search for the perfect vineyards and grapes. Since we are blessed to live in a region that produces some of the world’s best fruit, we have hundreds of choices. We visit the vineyards and talk to the growers. Then we sample and experiment with dozens of blends. You’re never certain of what you will discover. That’s the adventure.

We all know that wine is a living thing and it evolves dramtically from the vine to the bottle. Mother Nature is temperamental so you never really know how the soil, weather, and time will influence the grapes. In the end, you take what nature gives and you “paint your canvas.”

We make our wines in the old fashioned way: by hand. We carefully sort the grapes and are meticulous about environmental controls. Working in small batches, we then seek the perfect fermentation path. By sampling each batch with dozens of yeasts, we discover the ideal flavor profile. Once the wine is nearly dry, we select the best French oak barrels for aging 12 to 36 months. New and neutral oak is used in multiple combinations.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Siren of the Lake Vineyard:

We have a Grand Cru estate vineyard in Lake Chelan, WA. Presently, there are 8 acres under production with vines that are 20+ years old - some of the oldest in the Chelan Valley. This small vineyard is meticulously managed and our yields are kept low in order to produce fruit of suberb quality and intensity.

Chelan terroir is truly exceptional- providing basalt ladened soil and alluvium deposited thousands of years ago from The Great Missoula floods. We have ideal growing conditions in Lake Chelan with 300+ days of sunshine each year.

AVA: Lake Chelan
Location: Chelan, WA
Elevation: 1,130 feet
Year Planted: 1992
Acres Planted: 8
Varietals Planted: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah

Corliss Vineyard:

The vineyard rests within the Red Mountain American Viticultural Area which situated on the eastern edge of the Yakima Valley. It was planted on steep and gentle slopes facing southwest and where possible, the rows were oriented on an angle to protect the grapes from the afternoon sun.

The terroir is exciting - providing basalt ladened soil and alluvium deposited thousands of years ago from the great floods—setting the stage for some fantastic fruit. This coupled with optimal growing conditions: less than five inches of rain per year and 300 days of sunlight.

AVA: Red Mountain
Location: Benton City, WA
Elevation: 1,100 feet
Year Planted: 2010
Acres Planted: 56
Varietals Planted: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault

Milbrandt Northridge Vineyard:

Northridge Vineyard’s ancient and complex soils, featuring an alluvial fan gravel bed, are its most unique assets. The site rests above the flood plain from the last great ice age of the Columbia River more than 16 million years ago. These soils are heavy, creating dense and tannic wines.

Under the topsoil is a layer of caliche and basalt 6-12” deep, creating a calcium and iron rich media that forces the roots to struggle.Northridge Vineyard rests on foothills of the Saddle Mountain range, facing south overlooking the Wahluke Slope. The Wahluke Slope is one of the warmest and driest climates in the state.

AVA: Wahluke Slope
Location: Mattawa, WA
Elevation: 1,100 feet
Year Planted: 2003
Acres Planted: 92
Varietals Planted: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Primativo, Petit Verdot, Grenache, Mouvedre, Barbara, Petite Syrah

Milbrandt Clifton Bluff Vineyard:

The vineyard’s ancient and complex soils, featuring an alluvial fan gravel bed, are its most unique assets. The site rests above the flood plain from the last great ice age of the Columbia River more than 16 million years ago. These soils are heavy, creating dense and tannic wines.

Under the topsoil is a layer of caliche and basalt 6-12” deep, creating a calcium and iron rich media that forces the roots to struggle.Northridge Vineyard rests on foothills of the Saddle Mountain range, facing south overlooking the Wahluke Slope. The Wahluke Slope is one of the warmest and driest climates in the state.

AVA: Wahluke Slope
Location: Mattawa, WA
Elevation: 1,000 feet
Year Planted: 2006
Acres Planted: 50
Varietals Planted: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah

Milbrandt Purple Sage Vineyard:

The vineyard’s ancient and complex soils, featuring an alluvial fan gravel bed, are its most unique assets. The site rests above the flood plain from the last great ice age of the Columbia River more than 16 million years ago. These soils are heavy, creating dense and tannic wines.

Under the topsoil is a layer of caliche and basalt 6-12” deep, creating a calcium and iron rich media that forces the roots to struggle.Northridge Vineyard rests on foothills of the Saddle Mountain range, facing south overlooking the Wahluke Slope. The Wahluke Slope is one of the warmest and driest climates in the state.

AVA: Wahluke Slope
Location: Mattawa, WA
Elevation: 1,000 feet
Year Planted: 2006
Acres Planted: 94
Varietals Planted: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay

Gilbert Vineyards:

The Gilbert vineyards are meticulously tended with the utmost care taken to maintain the very high standards set by the state's wine grape industry and those of the Gilbert heritage. Yields are purposely kept small to ensure quality..

AVA: Wahluke Slope
Location: Mattawa, WA
Elevation: 1,100 feet
Year Planted: 2000
Acres Planted: 100
Varietals Planted: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot

Konnowac Vineyards:

The primary soils in the Rattlesnake Hills are the Warden series silt loams, 0 to 30% slopes, and a landscape complex of the Harwood-Burke-Wiehl series silt loams, 2 to 60 percent slopes. The Warden series soils occur on terraces underlain by glacial fluvial sediments. These landscapes are highly prized for wine grape production because of good airflow and water drainage.

This very deep, well drained soil is on terraces. It formed in lacustrine sediment and has a mantle of loess. The native vegetation is mainly grasses, forbs, and shrubs. Elevation is 600 to 1,000 feet. The average annual precipitation is 6 to 9 inches, the average annual air temperature is about 51 degrees F, and the average frost-free season is 135 to 180 days.

AVA: Rattlesnake Hills
Location: Wapato, WA
Elevation: 780 feet
Varietals Planted: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot

Sagemoor Vineyards:

Sagemoor Vineyards are part of an 800-acre vineyard north of Pasco that dates back to 1968. Today, its oldest plantings are from 1972, and Sagemoor supplies grapes to more than 40 Washington wineries. Sagemoor "proper" includes three vineyards: Sagemoor Farms, Bacchus Vineyards and Dionysus Vineyards. Additionally, Sagemoor owns Weinbau, which is due west, across the Columbia River and on the eastern edge of the Wahluke Slope.

Sagemoor proper typically receives between 2,900 and 3,100 heat units. Kent Waliser has managed the vineyards for the past four years after a long career in the tree fruit industry. Waliser has worked hard to keep the vineyards' viticultural practices up to date and to diversify the winery customers.

AVA: Columbia Valley
Location: Pasco, WA
Acres Planted: 800
Year Planted: 1972
Elevation: 265 feet
Varietals Planted: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah, Riesling, Viognier, Rousanne, Malbec, Sangiovese

Sagecliffe Vineyards:

SageCliffe is the estate winery for Cave B which is located in the Columbia Valley AVA. It grows an unusally broad range of varietals, made possible in large part by the microclimates existant in our distinctive cliffside location, 900 feet above the Columbia River.

AVA: Columbia Valley
Location: Quincy, WA
Acres Planted: 100
Year Planted: 1985
Elevation: 1300 feet
Varietals Planted: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah, Riesling, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Barbera

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