News & Accolades
Seattle Weekly ~ 5/2012
Seattle Weekly profiles Kerloo and winemaker Ryan in this comprehensive and engaging interview. A Nice read...
Seattle Magazine ~ 4/2012
The fruit comes from two different vineyards that balance each other in acidity and complexity, resulting in a beautifully aromatic and complex wine.
Stephen Tanzer ~ November/December
"Bright, deep red-ruby. Dark berry and floral aromas, plus a whiff of white fruits. Sweet, pliant and fine-grained, with the strong floral element and harmonious acidity giving the red berry flavors a light touch. Finishes long and savory, with sweet red berry fruit and considerable energy."
Midwest Wine Guy's Top 25 ~ 2008 Tempranillo ranks #5
You can lose yourself in the aromas alone, but you would be cheating yourself of the delicious and balanced flavors of red fruits, leather smoke and tree bark. The tannins are strong and the finish is incredible!
"BEST wine of the year" Northwest Wine Anthem names 2008 Les Collines Syrah
This wine is all gone, but the 2009s are not, though they will be soon. If you've not yet discovered Kerloo - hustle.
2009 Garnacha ranks #13 on Washington Wine Report's best Washington wines of 2011
An absolutely beautiful, delicate, unique wine and a rarely seen Walla Walla Valley Grenache.
Tasting Room Magazine - Fall 2011
"Ryan and Renee Crane are passionate about making wines with minimal oak and that exhibit a 'sense of place.' This is their third vintage from this vineyard. Nose: cassis, cedar, bright herbs, smoky game. Taste: tobacco, cassis, blueberries, boysenberries."
Seattle Met: 100 Best Washington Wines 2011
"This 100 percent syrah is dark as night with aromas of mineral, floral notes, orange peel, berries, light game, and chocolate. Seamless on the palate, it has a finish that continues about as long as you can count." Ranked 22 in the best 100 wines of Washington State
Midwest Wine Guy ~ 4/2011
"You can lose yourself in the aromas alone, but you would be cheating yourself of the delicious and balanced flavors of red fruits, leather smoke and tree bark. The tannins are strong and the finish is incredible! This wine has the ability to reach cult wine status!"
Seattle Times ~ 4/2011
Seattle Times Wine Adviser, Paul Greggut selected Kerloo Cellars' 2008 Tempranillo as an "excellent offering from the Pacific Northwest", describing it as "Dark and juicy. Cassis, dark chocolate and coffee showcase a wine with a strong grip, tight and tannic."
Sexy Syrah Event - 4/2011
Kerloo was honored with two awards at this years' Sexy Syrah event. Not only was Kerloo Cellars selected as the "People's Choice" for best winery, but our 2008 Les Collines Syrah was given a Silver Award by judges in the 100% Syrah category.
Washington Wine Report - 12/2010
Sean Sullivan takes a look at Kerloo Cellars, interviews the Cranes and Reviews the most recent Kerloo Releases. “While a few wineries have had success with this varietal, it has yet to come in to its own in Washington. Sampling the 2008 Tempranillo shows reason to be excited.”
Review of Washington Wines: 10/2010
Kerloo Cellars 2008 release was honored by Rand Sealy's October 2010 Review of Washington Wines, garnering an impressive 19/20 across the board for all releases. “Ryan and Renee, who left Seattle and their daytime jobs for Walla Walla, have found their own calling.”
Seattle Met: Top 100 Wines
14th Place Overall! “This syrah has a beautiful, intricate nose with violets, light game, lemon zest, berries, and chocolate. On the palate there are big dollops of fruit and a rich texture, and the finish lingers on and on.”
Paul Gregutt - 3/2010
“The first releases, two syrahs from 2007, are sold out, but this is a winery you should have on your radar. A fascinating lineup and a talent to be watched closely.”
Debuts & Discoveries
At the 2010 "Debuts and Discoveries" event Kerloo wins People's Choice Gold Award and Bronze Award. Kerloo brought home the gold ... and the bronze from this showcase of new wineries in their first through third releases.
Sexy Syrah Event - 4/2010
Kerloo was awarded a Silver Award by judges in the 100% Syrah category for their 07’ Walla Walla Syrah at the Sexy Syrah Event and won the People’s Choice Gold Award.
Wine Peeps - 11/2009
“Deep, dark purple and very aromatic. Blackberry, black cherry, plum, and spice come through on the nose; more blackberry, plum, as well as leather on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with medium to high tannins and good acidity. Well-balanced and smooth with a long finish.”
Review of Washington Wines: 10/2009
“This is an impressive debut... The dark fruit flavors are deep and tightly structured, with stony minerals (mica, basalt) interlaced with bittersweet chocolate, scorched earth, and espresso.” Kerloo was honored with a 19/20 score for both debut releases.
Washington Wine Report - 9/2009
“Crane is most excited about his 2008 Tempranillo which is still in the barrel. While a few wineries have had success with this varietal, it has yet to come in to its own in Washington. Sampling the 2008 Tempranillo, whose fruit was sourced from Stone Tree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope and Les Collines Vineyard, shows reason to be excited.”
Wine and Dine Walla Walla - 9/2009
“After three years of hard work, a few sleepless nights, and a newfound hobby of throwing caution to the wind, the Crane’s dream has officially taken flight. Named after the rousing call of the crane — with a subtle nod to their surname — Kerloo Cellars released its first 185 cases of wine last month, featuring two distinctive syrah wines.”