Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is launching a new on-premise–focused wine label this month. The Drumheller range is named after the Drumheller Channels, a National Natural Landmark in Washington’s Columbia Valley. The wines are made from grapes grown in vineyards near the Channels and are more delicate and elegant than the powerful wines typical of the center of the Columbia Valley, according to the company. The Drumheller lineup includes a Chardonnay, which has mango, white melon and smoky mineral notes; a Merlot, offering blueberry, spice and rose flavors; and a Cabernet Sauvignon, which has a floral nose and a soft texture, with red cherries on the palate. All the wines were fermented on the skins for roughly a week and matured in lightly toasted oak barrels.
The Drumheller range ($12 a 750-ml. bottle) is now available for the on-premise nationwide, as well as for direct-to-consumer purchase. For more information, visit Drumhellerwines.com.