Ancient Lake Wine Company, owned by Washington wine pioneer Jerry Milbrandt, is a custom-designed facility built to preserve the quality of the grapes. The processing starts with a gentle belt driven receiving system feeding state of the art Bucher presses. These presses, utilizing the “Organ” system, use fewer pressing cycles to extract optimum juice yields without excessive pressures that will release unwanted phenolic characteristics. From there, juice is sent to our stainless steel tanks, which are all individually insulated creating a micro-climate for each lot of wine produced, allowing us to apply specific techniques (native or non-native fermentations, variable fermentation temperature control, etc.) to each tank. Additionally, optimum yields are desirable for most of our customers, so we installed a ceramic plated high solids cross-flow filter to capture close to 95% of the product, which protects any non-desirable characteristics that all Diatomaceous Earth filters introduce to the wine. Because of these systems, we are able to provide all of our customers uniquely sophisticated, vineyard specific, high quality, high yield wines that will be sure to meet and exceed all expectations.
We are taking a natural product in its prime, and helping the product show itself to its maximum potential through the art of winemaking. We have a strong passion in allowing the grapes to speak for themselves through the wine, helping consumers identify the region they were grown and the different characteristics each site’s terroir promotes. In our pursuit for excellence, we take many educated risks to help reach an optimum flavor profile for each block of grapes we process, narrowing down winemaking techniques that are uniquely desirable. Hence, culminating a structurally balanced, terroir expressive wine which all wine enthusiasts are sure to never forget.
Our focus when growing wine grapes is to work towards achieving terroir expressive fruit by balancing viticulture management techniques with the growing season that mother nature gives us. Soil, weather, irrigation, and solar influences are considered while trying to ripen each vintages’ grape crop. By understanding each vineyards’ unique soil profile and monitoring the weather and solar conditions during each vintage, canopy and irrigation management can be used to try and fully maximize the grape development at seasons end.
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