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Up in the southern Valley of Walla Walla and a long drive to find a couple of wineries.  Extremely overcast foggy day with frost all over all growth so it shows us the cool times. They explained that there were many days of hundred degrees and then drop cold at night with frost. That's what we're seeing. The fog inversion apparently it's pretty common too. The wines are classic to Washington -- high acidity, red to black fruit which state bright. I attribute that to cool nights keeping down grape ripening into darker black fruit. They stay acidic but have high tannins and deep burgundy color. Everything at Northstar

Very interesting conditions. Driving out of Seattle through the national forest you see many gorges and miles and miles of trees. Suddenly we exit into barren dry foot hills. See the video and pictures of how dry the vineyards look. This accounts for the high acid not jammy-ripe fruit. It's also super chilly; temperatures of 25 degrees to 50s. The wines are hot with high alcohol but a lot of residual sugar and high acid.I'm impressed by how dry the conditions are with irrigation all over. These vineyards are on steep rocky sides of extremely dry barren foothills.Hopefully the pictures show what I see.[video data-wpid="26" src="/storage/3631-3031/DCIM/Camera/VID_20181118_101919183.mp4" class="failed size-full"].