About The Tenor Wines
The drive at Tenor is to make world-class wine from the vineyards in Washington. We are very unique. As every wine lover knows, due to the weather of a certain growing year, different vintages produce different classes of wine. At Tenor we only release a wine when we feel it is world-class. What does this mean? This means, if you were to line up the greatest Merlot's (for example) from 2008, Tenor would be among that list. To this end, we will declassify any wine we don't feel meets that criteria. For this reason, no two vintage releases will see the same line up of wines, because no two years growing seasons are the same. In 2007, it was Merlot and Malbec. In 2008, it is Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah. Our 2009 line up will be announced next spring. This type of standard instills a trust in our label; that what we choose to put it in a Tenor bottle is world-class.
About the 1:1 ("one of one")
While the goal of the Tenor wines is to make world-class single varietals, the goal of the 1:1 is to produce a world-class Bordeaux style blend from the best Washington vineyards. Traditionally, the 1:1 will be a blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. While each growing season is different and will therefore produce different single varietals for the Tenor label, each year in Washington is exceptional in some regard. We can therefore commit to our mailing list that the only wine we promise to make every year is the 1:1. Our goal with this wine is to produce the most complete wine possible; a wine that would be company with the great blends across the world. As 1st release of the 1:1 has shown, we are on our way.
The Tenor Promise
At Tenor, we produce only the finest expressions of single varietals in a vintage, along with one proprietary blend.
We believe that Tenor makes world-class wine. To that end, we invite you to participate in "The Tenor Promise". Make an appointment with our Brand Manager, Eric Swikard to bring any 95pt* (or higher) wine from the same year and same varietal as a Tenor wine. In the tasting room, we will decant your wine, along with the Tenor wine and another 95pt wine (or higher) of our choosing, all from the same vintage and same varietal. Together, we will taste all three of these wines... blind. At the end of our tasting, if you don't agree that the Tenor wine is in the same class as the other 95pt (or higher) wines, we will replace the bottle you brought in within 10 days. If you do find that all the wines are in the same class, we will replace your bottle with a Tenor bottle of wine (with purchase of 3 or more wines).
*wine must be awarded 95pts from the Wine Spectator, International Wine Cellar, Wine Advocate or Gary Vaynerchuk