Ott and Murphy Wines handcraft small lots of artisan wines that reflect their relationship with their growers whose skill and integrity produce the beautiful grapes that reflect Washington State’s unique glacial and volcanic geology, and their friends and family who work with them during long daytime hours and into the night during Crush, to ready those grapes for transformation by the winemakers.
Because they work in small lots they can use traditional French and artisan techniques: cold soaks, co-fermentation at crush, hand punch downs, stem Inclusion, sur lie aging & battonage, minimal filtration or fining, and carefully balanced oak exposure. They handle their wines very lightly during barrel aging, striving to minimize pumping. The winemakers favor low oxygen exposure during barrel aging to help preserve the wines’ intense fruit flavors and aromas.
Ott & Murphy’s Swedish Arts and Crafts inspired winery is designed to optimize its solar exposure with an insulated, passive-solar heated fermentation room. And their cellar employs super-insulation and earth cooling to minimize its energy use. Along similar lines, they are using lighter weight glass for many of their releases, saving resources and energy. Click here to visit their website!