3:20pm – Dama Wines 2014 Collage

by Tom Joe The “Hops ‘R Better” Winer

Another fine wine met during our speed-tasting at the 2018 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC). How did I feel about tasting so many wines in a finite time and having to blog? Click here!

When all you can say is “Yes Ma’am!

Chatted with Mary Derby, owner & winemaker for Dama Wines, who’s just “an old-fashioned gal at heart”.

Founded in 2007, Dama Wines is a small boutique winery that makes their wine at Artifex Wine Company Artifex Wines is a local co-op that services about 15 different wineries, offering a variety of services such as receiving fruit, crushing, destemming, barreling, bottling etc. 

Although Artifex is its own business with its own winery crew, Dama Wines is still responsible for bringing in their own fruit and barrels and responsible for their own wines. After the wine is aged, Dama’s bottling truck arrives, bottles the product and then transports the wine to Dama’s tasting room on Main St. This is all to say that Artifex Wine Company is just a facility for making wine; Dama is the winemaker and involved at every step.

The 2014 Collage is a blend of the following grapes:

  • 69% Merlot
  • 26% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 5% Cabernet Franc

Mary says, ” The grapes are from Golden Ridge Vineyard which is a 15 year or so vineyard and then the Cabernet Franc from XL vineyard – you really get two different areas of Walla Walla represented in this wine. This wine is very bright, and the acidity just dances on your palate; it has some good structure to it, the tannins are there but it’s not overwhelming.”

As expected, the Cowgirl brand can be found nationwide, but for the Dama Wines label, you’ll have to visit the tasting room, become a member of their wine club, or purchase directly from the winery online. As the label says, these are “dangerously beautiful wines crafted in Walla Walla, Washington” – be sure to try them when in town (or pick it up online)!

Remember, it’s all about having FUN with wine! 

Drink Wine – Drink Wisely!

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