1998 – The Isenhower’s move from Colorado to Walla Walla to follow their winemaking dream. Denise and Brett obtain full time pharmacist jobs.
1999 – Winery founded and first crush of 17 tons at Glen Fiona.
2000 – Crush 40 tons at the Inn at Mill Creek.
2001 – Opened Walla Walla downtown tasting room at the Depot Building.
2002 – Completed construction of our winery building. First white wine made.
2003 – Birth of our first child, Olivia. Brett retires from pharmacy. 93 point score from Wine Spectator raises our profile.
2004 – Denise retires from Pharmacy. First freeze year and rainy Fall makes for a challenging vintage. 80 tons crushed.
2005 – Distribution of wine in 19 states and Canada.
2006 – Birth of our second daughter, Keegan.
2007 – Purchase of our own bottling line (nicknamed the Maserati). First Rosé wine made.
2008 – Birth of third daughter, Eliana. First cool vintage since 1999. Crushed 80 tons again. Plant Estate Vineyard.
2009 – Recession vintage; decreased production to 40 tons. Many distributors unable to buy wine. Open Woodinville Tasting Room with Maison Bleue Winery.
2010 – End distribution of wine and only sell directly to consumers. Maison Bleue moves out of Woodinville. End many vineyard contracts. Crush only 17 tons.
2011 – Coolest vintage experienced. Crush 37 tons. All red grapes fermented by native yeast from now on.
2012 – Back to normal weather. First harvest of Malbec from Estate Vineyard. Crush 52 tons of grapes in total. First Sparkling Roussanne made.
2013 – Crush 53 tons of grapes. Very warm year.
2014 – Warmest year on record. Crush 70 tons of grapes. Begin to distribute wine in Oregon, Southwest Washington, and Ohio again. Extensive cold damage to estate vineyard forces ripping out of the vines.
2015 – Reintroduction of Isenhower to Ohio and Florida. New label designs and website.
2014 Snipes Mountain
Guava, Asian pear, and stone fruit aromas issue from the glass. Our Viognier is more “sauvignon blanc like” with beautiful acidity and green fruit notes on the palette. This Viognier is refreshing and delicious. Pairs well with shellfish.
2014 Yakima Valley
The Yakima Valley Marsanne is comprised of 77% Marsanne, 18% Roussanne, and 5% Viognier. All are relatively rare in Washington State and we believe you will enjoy this delightful blend derived from the Northern Rhône Valley of France.
2014 Yakima Valley
A portion of the sales of the Golden Paintbrush supports the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship. The institute's goals are to restore and preserve native ecosystems, educate students in environmental stewardship, and serve the local community through their facilities and trails.
2013 Columbia Valley
Cortez, Ponce de Leon, & Isenhower? Just as the Spanish had to explore the new world in the 16th Century, Isenhower Cellars had to explore some interesting blending trials to come up with this Spanish blend of Tempranillo, Mourvedre and Syrah known as El Conquistador.
2012 Columbia Valley
Eliana's Blend is our best barrel of Petit Verdot and one of our best barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon. Only 45 cases were produced.
2012 Yakima Valley
Keegan's Blend is our two best barrels of Syrah. Only 52 cases were produced.
2013 Yakima Valley
The aromatics have a 'pretty' dark cherry & sweet rhubarb notes with sea salt and vanilla. The palette character feels a little luxurious with nicely resolved & finely textured tannins. The Cabernet Franc is “complete”.
2014 Yakima Valley
Comprised of 63% Olsen Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Franc, 25% Dineen VIneyard Cabernet Franc and 10% Upland Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot from Wallula Vineyard. All the grapes were hand picked, hand sorted, fermented with yeasts native to their vineyards and only the free run was retained to maximize the elegance of the resulting Purple Paintbrush blend.
Earthy, funky nose, with hints of cola nut, dried mint, grilled meats, and fruit of strawberry and cherry. Seamless entry on the palette with the grilled meats and strawberry character apparent. This wine makes you want to contemplate the character of the wine. An intellectually stimulating wine.
- 2012 COLUMBIA Valley BATCHELOR'S BUTTON
- 2013 COLUMBIA VALLEY JONGLEUR
- 2013 COLUMBIA VALLEY RIVER BEAUTY
- 2013 DUTCHMAN VINEYARD
- 2013 HORSE HEAVEN HILLS
- 2013 Yakima ValleyRoad Less Traveled
- 2013 Horse Heaven Hills FOI No. 11
- 2014 Yakima Valley Pink Paintbrush
Cabernet Franc rose
- 2012 A BLOC
- 2012 COLUMBIA Valley JONGLEUR
- 2013 COLUMBIA valley LAST STRAW
HAND CRAFTED–LIMITED PRODUCTION–NATIVE FERMENTATION
Our winemaking is simple in concept yet complex in execution. We have long term contracts to purchase grapes by the acre from great and sustainable vineyards in the Northwest. Key to our vineyard selection are farmers who we trust and have an excellent relationship with. Brett Isenhower is a scientist and a history buff. He is into new grapevine clones for wine complexity and old vines for wine depth and concentration. All our grapes are hand picked and hand sorted to guarantee only perfect grapes enter the winery.
We use traditional winemaking methods to craft the wines. These methods include punchdowns, foot stomping, saignée, native yeast fermentation, barrel stirring, and sur lie aging. The top tier reds are all free run wine and aged in the finest new and once used French oak barrels. The white wines are aged in a combination of neutral French oak barrels and stainless steel barrels. Our rosé is briefly aged in stainless steel barrels. Our goal is for each Isenhower Cellars wine to be unique, age worthy, and delicious. Isenhower Cellars currently produces 4000 cases of wine per year.
Horse Heaven Hills
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Mourvèdre
Found in Wild Thyme, El Conquistador, Rara Avis, and Mourvèdre
Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Viognier
Found in Olivia’s Blend, Eliana’s Blend, El Conquistador, Batchelor's Button and Viognier.
Cabernet Franc (clone 214)
Found in Road Less Traveled, Pink Paintbrush and Purple Paintbrush
Walla Walla Appellation
Les Collines Vineyard
Washington Side of the Valley
Malbec and Tempranillo
Found in Á Bloc Malbec and El Conquistador
Seven Hills Vineyard
Oregon Side of the Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot
Found in Olivia’s Blend, Eliana’s Blend, Jongleur Petit Verdot, and upcoming Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon
Oregon Side of the Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon (clone 191 and clone 6)
Found in upcoming Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon
Olsen Ranch Vineyard
Located near Benton City
Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Roussanne, Syrah (clone 877)
Found in Road Less Traveled, Purple Paintbrush, Rara Avis, Sparkling Roussanne, Keegan’s Blend, and River Beauty
Located north of Grandview
Syrah (Joseph Phelps Clone) and Marsanne
Found in Dutchman Syrah, Keegan’s Blend, River Beauty, and Marsanne
Found in Eliana’s Blend, Jongleur and Petit Verdot
We have acre contracts with excellent vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Rattlesnake Hills and Horse Heaven Hills. The vineyards are farmed in a sustainable manner to ensure the long term health of the vines and the soil. Multiple times during the growing season the vines are meticulously addressed by hand to maximize the quality of the resulting wines.
Join us for tastings at either of our locations. Woodinville, WA: Thursday-Monday 12-5
In Walla Walla we have a $5 tasting fee and in Woodinville there is a $10 tasting fee. Both are refundable with purchase.
- Reduced use of hot water and chemicals for sanitation through use of steam and ozone.
- American made bottles, recycled paper labels, natural corks, and no capsules.
- CFC lighting & extensive use of insulation to reduce energy costs.
- Wine Storage on site to reduce diesel fuel by refrigerated trucks.
- Native yeast fermentation of wine.
- Reuse of kraft brown case boxes.
- Walking gardens that grow produce and herbs for the Isenhower family and employees.
- Future plans for installation of solar panels.