Alexandria Nicole's Destiny Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills
 

Alexandria Nicole Cellars  
It was Destiny

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Tasting Rooms and Private Event Facilities

Prosser Tasting Room
(Tasting Room: Daily, 11 am - 5 pm)
Wine & Food Park
2880 Lee Road, Suite D
Prosser, WA  99350
509-786-3497
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Hollywood Schoolhouse
Woodinville Tasting Room
(Daily: Noon - 5 pm;
Extended Friday night Happy Hour
for Wine Club Members: 5 - 8 pm)
14810 Northeast 145th Street
Woodinville, WA 
425-487-9463
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Woodinville Tasting Room

Winery & Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard
(Open by Appointment)
158422 W Sonova Road
Horse Heaven Hills
Near Paterson
509-786-3497

Four distinct locations available for your special event needs
 Prosser, Destiny Ridge & Woodinville
 


  Winery Information Highlights

Winery Details     |     Alexandria Nicole Cellars Wine Club     |     Destiny Ridge Vineyard

Principles: 
Jarrod and Ali Boyle
Winemaker:  
Jarrod Boyle

Vineyard Foreman:
Jose Luis Yanez

Destiny Ridge Vineyard
267 acres in the
Horse Heaven Hills AVA

Planted Varietals Include:
Riesling, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc,
Roussanne, Marsanne, Muscat,
Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Malbec,
Tempranillo, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache,
Lemberger, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

Average Annual Production:
5,000 cases

Featured Hand-Crafted Wines

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Prosser Tasting Room
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Daily: 11 am to 5 pm
 

Closed on selected holidays.
To schedule a Private tasting,
Call 509-786-3497

 


Winery is located at
Destiny Ridge Vineyard
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Private Vineyard Tours & Barrel Tastings 

by appointment. Call 509-786-3497



Woodinville Tasting Room
Hollywood Schoolhouse

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Thurs - Mon: 12 - 5 pm 

Friday night Happy Hour
for Wine Club Members: 5 - 8 pm
Closed Tues & Weds
Call 425-205-5101 to schedule
a Private tasting.
 

Winery and Vineyard Details

Alexandria Nicole Cellars
...where Destiny, Winemaking and Passion join hands

THE STORY - FIRST A VINEYARD

       When Jarrod and Ali Boyle christened their 367 acres of land in the Horse Heaven Hills of Washington, their choice of a vineyard name came easily.  With providence clearly playing a strong role in the acquisition of their viticultural estate, naming it Destiny Ridge Vineyard was a natural.  Naming their brand was equally natural for Jarrod, choosing his wife's name, Alexandria Nicole.

       Jarrod was born in Prosser and learned the secrets of successful vineyard management while working as assistant viticulturalist for Hogue Cellars under the tutelage of  Dr. Wade Wolfe who also worked for Hogue at that time.  It was then that wine grape growing and winemaking became Jarrod's passion. 

       While working for Hogue, Jarrod inspected grapes and made grower recommendations for  helping grape varietals achieve their desired characteristics.  One day, Jarrod's routine inspection of a vineyard on nearby Horse Heaven Hills brought about a paradigm shift in Jarrod's career... and his life.  On that day he took particular note of a piece of barren land sloping gently to the south and overlooking the Columbia River.  From that moment forward visions of vineyard blocks danced in his head. 

       Soon after, in a casual conversation with an old friend, Jarrod related his discovery of the beautiful piece of land on Horse Heaven Hills and his vision of planting a vineyard there.  Jarrod's friend Rob Mercer (a member of the well-known local farming family) became almost as excited as Jarrod when he realized the land of Jarrod's dream was owned by his father... Bud Mercer.  Before long, the Mercer family joined with the Boyle family and the dream of a vineyard on that hillside - Destiny Ridge Vineyard - was born.  The first vines were planted in the fall of 1998. 

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THEN A WINERY

       Originally, the plan for the vineyard was to use its fruit to produce small case lots for other wineries.  But when the vines came into full production, the fruit was of such amazing quality Jarrod's thoughts turned to a winery of his own.  He would make wines from grapes grown on vineyards controlled by his own viticultural choices, monitoring fruit quality from bud to bottle!

       The state-of-the-art Alexandria Nicole Cellars winery was constructed on Destiny Ridge Vineyard in September of 2004 when the first-planted vines were just six years old.  The facility was designed to suit the production of small-lot handcrafted wines.

Alexandria Nicole Cellars' Destiny Ridge Vineyard and its winery in the Horse Heaven Hills appellation

Features of the new production facility include:

  • Custom-made receiving station & a sorting table to process all hand-picked fruit;

  • Small open-top fermenting tanks that could be heated or cooled;

  • Climatic controlled environment with humidification control;

  • Pneumatic punch down equipment for gentle, quality fermentation control;

  • A view that is priceless.

       Overlooking the majestic Columbia River, the site of Alexandria Nicole Cellars' winery and Destiny Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA provides an awe-inspiring backdrop for myriad special events... events designed for wine and food enthusiasts and for philanthropic community fundraising.  Private tours and barrel tastings can be arranged at the winery and are sure to bring about unforgettable experiences.  Come taste the power of Destiny.

 


 


Destiny Ridge Vineyard

158422 W Sonova Road
Horse Heaven Hills
509-242-9979

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 Destiny Ridge Vineyard - Horse Heaven Hills appellation, Washington

Sustainable farming practices
Bird-friendly, quiet wind-spire turbines generate electricity
Used barrels recycled into handmade furniture

       On high bluffs overlooking the beautiful Columbia River, Washington State's wine region known as Horse Heaven Hills provides a home for Alexandria Nicole Cellars' 367-acre estate where Destiny Ridge Vineyard thrives.  It is here - high on the dominant ridge line - that 18 grape varietals are planted to 267 acres that currently comprise the vineyard.  The first vines for Destiny Ridge Vineyard were planted in the fall of 1998, seven years before Horse Heaven Hills was federally authorized as an official American Viticulture Area (AVA).

       Within the vineyard lie four different soil types, each producing unique flavors and characteristics in the specific varietals grown there.  Each terroir proved to have its own message sent through its ripened grapes.  It was here that a passionate man learned patience; Jarrod Boyle waited with optimistic excitement for the final fruits to come of age.  Having worked with many renowned winemakers, Jarrod learned (through experimentation with his own winemaking process) to enhance and reflect the terroir of Destiny Ridge Vineyard in his finished wines. 

        The soils and climatic conditions of the Horse Heaven Hills appellation have demonstrated favorability for growing many wine-grape varietals.  Destiny Ridge Vineyard nurtures many of them, including:

Riesling
Viognier
Pinot Gris
Sauvignon Blanc
Roussanne
Marsanne
Chardonnay
Muscat
Merlot
Malbec
Tempranillo
Mourvèdre
Syrah
Grenache
Lemberger
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Franc
Petit Verdot

The Geology

       The hills of Destiny Ridge Vineyard are geologic folds in the earth's crust which are responsible for the consistent winds that blow across the land; the windy climate is part of what makes the Horse Heaven Hills' appellation distinct from the large Columbia Valley appellation that surrounds it.  Wind lowers the risk of vineyard disease and pests, while at the same time it stresses the vines by drying them out.  Add quick-draining soils of silty loam to the mix of vineyard characteristics and the need for irrigation becomes even more pronounced.  Drip irrigation is the canopy-management tool of choice to control the vigor of the vines at Destiny Ridge.

       In addition to its distinctive topography, Destiny Ridge Vineyard benefits from its proximity to the Columbia River.  Although it sits approximately 800 feet above the river, the vineyard is relieved of temperature extremes suffered elsewhere in the Columbia Valley AVA, thanks to the modifying effects of the river (with its stirring of air currents) as well as the land's slope toward the river (draining cold air away from the vines). 

        All these factors help produce intense-flavored grapes with a structural balance of sugars and acids.  Add to these factors attentive viticultural and enological management - including balanced crop levels and gentle processing of grapes - and you have the secrets behind consistently excellent harvests at Destiny Ridge Vineyard.

         Fruit not used for the wines of Alexandria Nicole Cellars is sold to other wineries under contract with Destiny Ridge Vineyard. 



VISITING DESTINY RIDGE ESTATE VINEYARD AND WINERY

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Tours and tastings at Destiny Ridge Vineyard are available and can be scheduled by appointment.  The winery located at Destiny Ridge also offers barrel tasting, five-course meals and guided tours of the production facility and through the vineyard by limo. 
For more information call 509-786-3497.



 

 


Featured Alexandria Nicole Cellars Wines

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      Alexandria Nicole Cellars is passionate about winemaking.  It produces small lots of handcrafted wine from grapes it grows at Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard in Washington's Horse Heaven Hills AVA.  Its goal is to make wines that are elegant, approachable and true to the terroir.  

2013 Crawford Viognier
Crawford Vineyard (62%) & Destiny Ridge Vineyard (38%)
Columbia Valley
$20.00 per bottle
Double Gold - 2014 Seattle Wine Awards

Handpicked and whole cluster pressed, this golden gem is loaded with complex aromas of
lemon-lime, lavender, citrus blossom, and candied peach give way to floral earthy undertones
and stunning structure. Beautifully balanced it lingers with the richness of apricot and orange
blossom, with a lively mouth feel of crisp granny smith apple and a touch of pear on the finish.
A clean and refreshing wine that pairs well with food or a summertime patio. 100% Viognier  Stainless steel fermentation. Alcohol: 13.4% Residual Sugar: 0.17 g/L

2013 Albariño Affinity
Crawford Vineyard
Columbia Valley
$22.00 per bottle
Double Gold - 2014 Seattle Wine Awards

Only the very best fruit was carefully selected and hand harvested for our 2nd vintage of
Albariño. These plump, round berries display lush tropical aromas of peach, honeydew melon,
kiwi, and lemongrass. Such luscious floral notes are accentuated with a silky texture that is juicy
and lively on the palate and finishes with a hint of refreshing sweetness. This popular Spanish
white wine can be sipped by the pool or savored with fresh seafood or a spicy meal. 100% Albariño. Stainless steel fermentation. Alcohol: 13.2% 

2012 Riesling
Destiny Ridge Vineyards
Horse Heaven Hills
$16.00 per bottle
Double Platinum from Wine Press Northwest 
#70 in Top 100 from Great Northwest Wine
Gold Medal - Seattle Wine Awards

Light Straw in color, this off-dry Riesling expresses luscious aromas of dried apricot, honeysuckle and baked apple.  Delightfully fresh, the palate shows bright and crisp flavors of peach, tropical fruit and freshly squeezed lime juice.  With its balanced acidity and a touch of sweetness, Alexandria Nicole’s estate White Riesling is mouthwatering and precise.  Serve chilled for casual sipping or pairs perfectly with glazed ham, spicy Thai dishes and pate de foie-gras.  Alcohol: 12.8%  Residual Sugar: 0.68 g/L  574 cases produced.

2012 Shepherds Mark
Destiny Ridge Vineyards
Horse Heaven Hills
$24.00 per bottle
Gold - San Francisco Chronicle
Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards
Platinum from Wine Press Northwest

In the early 1900’s, pioneering sheepherders left their mark on the Horse Heaven Hills in the form of Rock Monuments. These monuments - some still standing along the ridge line of our Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard - were used for marker identification, recreational pastime, artistic expression, and even as simply as to leave one's mark on the world.  We dedicate this Rhone Blend to all the pioneers of the Horse Heaven Hills and continue our efforts to leave our mark on the world through the artistic expression of our wines.  This unique and flavorful white wine boasts floral notes of lavender, layered with pineapple, bosc pear, lemon zest, all leading into a delicious mix of citrus and white peach, and a viscous yet crisp mouth-feel that lingers to a refreshing finish.  Stainless steel fermentation.  Blend:  65% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne, 15% Viognier. Alcohol: 13.5%.  514 cases produced.

2012 Jet Black Syrah
Destiny Ridge Vineyard
Horse Heaven Hills
$25.00 per bottle
Double Gold - 2014 Seattle Wine Awards

Whole berry fermentation leads the way for this deep and dense black in color Syrah. There’s
an energy driving the wine, immediately apparent in the sultry aromas of blackberries,
huckleberry, mocha, lavender, and espresso. The flavors are thick and saturated, coating the
mouth with dark cherry, toffee, cedar and a delicate leathery spice. A very generous mid-palate
with loads of texture yet it manages to stay fresh and elegant, with juicy acidity, very fine, silky
and sleek tannins, and a brilliant finish that certainly doesn’t lack for length. Impressive now,
but if drinking before 2015, please decant. Aged 18 months in 1-year-old French & American oak barrels. 100% Syrah (Blocks 1,4,15,43).

2010 Destiny
Destiny Ridge Vineyards
Horse Heaven Hills
$48.00 per bottle

This dark and voluptuous Bordeaux blend is deep purple in color highlighted by bold, concentrated aromas of blackberry, rose petal, cassis, eucalyptus and crushed herbs.  Firm, refined and expressive, the mouth presents a gorgeous array of lush black currant, brown spice, vanilla, toasted cedar and a hint of minerality, which mingles effortlessly on a beautifully balanced frame.  The flavors are well-developed and rich in texture, adding intrigue and complexity to an already extremely long, tightly focused, finish.  This dark beauty unwinds with air, so decanting is advisable for those who don’t want to wait until 2015.  Aged 24 months in 80% new French Oak barrels & 20% two-year-old French Oak.  Blend:  61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Carmenere.  Release limited to 267 cases.

2010 Quarry Butte
Destiny Ridge Vineyard
Horse Heaven Hills
$25.00 per bottle

An elegantly expressive five-varietal blend that packs a punch for the value, capturing the unique terroir of Destiny Ridge Vineyard.  It’s a beautiful bouquet is loaded with an alluring, aromatic mix of black currants, vanilla, peppercorn and cocoa.  The palate is ripe with blackberry, cherry, rich and supple tannins, hints of cedar and elegant oak-spice that lead to a balanced structure and lengthy finish.  Our Estate Vineyard was historically called Quarry Butte and was slated to become a rock quarry prior to planting.  Blend: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 12% Syrah, 9% Malbec, 4% Cabernet franc, 2% Petit Verdot.  Aged 20 months in 60% new French oak barrels and 40% two-year-old French oak. 

2010 "a-SQUARED" Cabernet Sauvignon
Destiny Ridge Vineyard
Horse Heaven Hills
$24.00 per bottle

Carefully selected, blended and barrel aged for 20 months (55% new French oak and 45% two-year-old French oak), this vibrant, bull-bodied Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with dark fruit, ripe berry flavors, black currant and hints of rosemary and vanilla.  There's excellent depth in the mid-palate and polished tannins that tighten up in the mineral-tinged finish.  A smooth mouthfeel stands gracefully on its own combining with a structure to beautifully complement food.  Nearing maturity, the vivid flavors of the finish still suggest a terrific future, so even though it is drinking well now, it will benefit from another year or two in the cellar.  Blend:  86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc; 6% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot.  Alcohol: 14.4%  Release limited to 434 cases.

 


Finding the three locations of Alexandria Nicole

How to find Alexandria Nicole Cellars'
Prosser Tasting Room
(Tasting Room: Daily, 11 am - 5 pm)
Wine & Food Park
2880 Lee Road, Suite C
Prosser, WA  99350
509-786-3497

Map to Prosser Tasting Room for Alexandria Nicole Cellars

 



How to find the Alexandria Nicole Cellars' winery
and Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills.
(Private Tours & Tastings by Appointment - 509-786-3497)
158422 W Sonova Road
Horse Heaven Hills
Near Paterson
509-242-9979
Map to Destiny Ridge Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills


How to find Alexandria Nicole Cellars'
Hollywood Schoolhouse Tasting Room in Woodinville
(Thur - Mon: Noon - 5 pm;
Extended Friday night Happy Hour
for Wine Club Members: 5 - 8 pm
Closed Tues & Weds)
14810 Northeast 145th Street
Woodinville, WA 
425-487-9463

Map to Alexandria Nicole Cellars Hollywood Schoolhouse Woodinville Tasting Room

 


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Last revised: 
06/06/2014