Fjellene’s 09 Reserve Red has all the aroma and flavor I look for in a big red without sacrificing balance. The blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Syrah shows off crushed rose petals, lavender, and tobacco in the nose followed by blackberries, juicy black cherries, and espresso to finish.
I highly recommend the Fje… Fj… ah forget it, it’s GOOD! – Andy
Total production 48 cases.
More about Fjellene and Winemaker Matt Erlandson
Fjellene Cellars is a hot new winery in Walla Walla, Washington founded by Matt Erlandson. The hard to pronounce name, (Fyel-LAY-Nuh), is the Norwegian word for mountains. Matt chose it for a couple of reasons.
First, the mountains are very important to him and he is an avid outdoorsman. He worked as an Outdoor Education and Mountain Guide for thirteen years so he wanted the name of his winery to honor that passion.
The second reason, the Norwegian aspect, is a tribute to his heritage. He credits his father with passing on a sense of fierce pride in being of Norwegian ancestry. When he discovered the word, fjellene, he thought it was really, really beautiful and a fitting moniker for his winery.
The wines are really starting to get recognition. As the winery focuses on small, vineyard designate wines, it may be wise to start stocking up now as these wines show great promise and will not be available for long.