Nicky’s Blog: Kontos Cellars
On my last trip to Walla Walla, the lovely surprise winery along the way was Kontos Cellars. My husband Tyler and I were on a stroll downtown, leaving our lovely hotel at Marcus Whitman, when I came across a familiar dragonfly sign. I recognized the symbol from bottles of Kontos in my cellar. Excited to find the source of one of my listed wines, we entered the tasting room to find out more about the winery.
As we entered the quaint red brick building, we were pleasantly greeted by Andy, the Tasting Room Manager. I politely informed him of my profession and he directed us to a quiet table by the window for a tasting. Like most of these stories, we were educated on the family history.
Kontos Cellars has deep roots in Walla Walla with their family dating back six generations in the valley. The family came up with the dragonfly as their predominant image for its representation of change. When the family started contemplating the dragonfly as their symbol, they quickly started seeing them everywhere. They would see them in the barrel room and during harvest until they eventually made their way onto the label. Cameron Kontos is the winemaker. Cameron grew up watching his father, Cliff Kontos, make wine for Fort Walla Walla Cellars. Today they make a strong team crafting Bordeaux style wines, together.
After speaking of the family history, Andy poured through the line-up with ease and comfortability. He had a genuine personality that led to easy conversations about the wine. Our personal favorites were the Syrah and Alatus Flagship Blend. The Syrah had a deep purple crimson color with notes of blackberry on the nose and black currant on the palate. The Alatus is a Washington Bordeaux style blend. The Alatus is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Syrah, perfectly balanced in every way. I currently have the 2013 and 2015 vintages in my cellar and they are holding up wonderfully.
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