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The Bounty of The Pacific Northwest

Empyrean Wines embraces the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. From windy vineyards  in the dry hills of Eastern Washington to cleared acres nestled amongst forested slopes of Oregon's lush Willamette Valley, Empyrean seeks the best grapes, for the best possible wines. 

Our approach to wine could make Empyrean Wines unique among New World producers. We passionately believe that proper aging greatly improves wine. We believe it offers a finer balance between fruit and the soft tannins that is only achieved with time, and yields harmony throughout the palate.
 
Empyrean's commitment to aging is almost unheard of, and possibly quite mad. For many wines, a considerable part of their beauty is lost when consumed too soon. You are in no danger of that with Empyrean - drink and enjoy right now, we've either aged them for you, or made them to drink immediately.

Experience the difference for yourself.

Empyrean's Current Wine Offerings

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Eridanus Claret - 2006

A Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with fruit from the Waluke Slope AVA and the Yakima Valley AVA. Eridanus is balanced and approachable, with masses dark fruits, cigar box, black plum and dark chocolate notes on the palate. Fine, soft tannins providing structure throughout. Drink Now.

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Lyra Pinot Noir

A first for Empyrean, this single-vineyard sourced Pinot Noir follows Empyrean's love of blending west, over the Cascades to Oregon. We believe Pinot Noir is  the varietal that most expresses itself through clonal selection, and this one offers Pommard, 777, 115 and Mt Eden in our blend. Lush, soft red fruits on the palate, with a silky natural tannin structure running throughout, and a  deep, lingering finish. Drink now, or cellar up to seven years.

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Cygnus Syrah 2006

Another single-vineyard sourced wine only now reaching its peak. Sourced from great vineyard just north of Walla Walla, WA, Cygnus syrah offers dark fruits, with candied black cherries, and hints of blond tobacco.  It offers fine, firm tannins, and exceptional balance. Drink now.

Experience Empyrean 

 We offer four distinct red wines from vineyards chosen specifically for their ability to produce balanced fruit of the highest quality.
 
DRACO - named for the Dragon constellation, might be termed a “reserve” by other wineries. We see things a bit differently. Draco is the blend of all our barrels which we think offers the finest cellaring potential. Dragons of legend are long-lived, and we believe our Draco still has many years of peak drinking ahead of it as well.  We don't make a "Draco" every vintage.
 
ERIDANUS –is named for the “River of Stars” constellation and is our tribute to the fruitful and life-giving Yakima River Valley. Eridanus might well be considered a “reserve” quality wine at another winery. We see it as our more approachable blend, it, too, rewards long-cellaring.
 
CYGNUS –takes its name from the Swan constellation. Syrah grown to best advantage enjoys warm days and cold nights. Our Cygnus label represents our aim of producing a Syrah that is not only rich and bold, but elegant and graceful.
 
LYRA - takes its name from the Lyre constellation, as it is harmonious and an immediate pleasure.  Lyra is a new offering for Empyrean,  a pinot noir from Oregon's premiere Yamhill-Carlton AVA.  Like all Empyrean wines it is a blend, this time of four pinot noir clones. We made Lyra to drink now, with soft red fruits, restrained French oak, and balanced tannins.
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Our Winemaking

Our philosophy of winemaking is simple to describe, but difficult to achieve. We focus, above all, on balance. Balanced fruit, balanced tannins, and balanced oak.  Only with this balance can a wine age gracefully, beautifully.

To that end, we ferment all our wines dry, we use restrained oak, French, except in Cygnus, as we believe Washington Syrah pairs well with a touch of fragrant American oak.  We never exceed 50% new oak. With all elements in balance, the blend can shine. We blend wines for cellaring, and the difference is real.  Taste for yourself.

Empyrean Availability

Empyrean is a small family producer obsessively devoted to perfect Bordeaux blends, exceptional Pinot Noir and long aging wines in general. We have many ongoing wine projects and would rather focus on growing and producing the best wines anywhere and leave the rest to our partners at Splash Wines

We have established an exclusive relationship with Splash Wines for the sale of all Empyrean wine. Splash is an exciting project that we think offers the possibility of fair pricing and ease of use for small producers and wine lovers alike. Check it out at Splash Wines!

The Story Behind The Name

Empyrean Wines takes its name from the “Paradiso” of Dante’s Divine Comedy. The Empyrean sphere is the 10th, and highest of all the spheres of heaven in that work.
Our wines themselves draw their names from the constellations that comprise the other spheres of heaven.
Like Dante’s depiction of paradise, ours is a very personal vision, and represents our aspiration to bring forth the finest wines from the regions we love best.

Our Latest Project - "Lyra"

While producing an amazing run of remarkably age-worthy Bordeaux-style blends in Washington's Yakima Valley, Empyrean wines has headed west, over the Cascades, to Oregon's premiere Yamhill-Carlton AVA, and a new bottling - 2016 Lyra Pinot Noir. 

Contact Empyrean

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If you'd like to buy Empyrean wines, follow the link to our exclusive sales partner, Splash Wines.

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