Tranche. A Slice.
In straight translation, tranche is a French term meaning slice. To us, it means that and much more. The Tranche wines are a further expression of our abiding curiosity about wine. Its several “slices” explore a growing range of estate-grown, Mediterranean and Rhône-inspired, varietal wines and blends.
The Tranche winery and adjacent Blue Mountain Vineyard play an essential role in our portfolio. We are working here with carefully-selected varietals matched to a specific, unique, weather-blessed location. In terms of altitude, aspect, rainfall, and all the other factors that enter into the taste of a place – often referred to as terroir – the Blue Mountain Estate Vineyard is truly one of a kind.
Here we cultivate a diverse collection of some of the world’s most interesting grape varietals, with more being planted as we learn and explore. We practice only sustainable viticulture, hand-farming each block, in order to harvest very low yields of intensely-flavored fruit.
By design, Tranche has a totally different personality than Corliss. Corliss is more timeless, Tranche more cutting edge. There is no compromising on quality, just a different path to achieving it. At Tranche we can produce expressive, aromatic, beautifully-defined varietal wines and blends at prices that don’t require a special occasion budget.
The Tranche wines based upon Rhône Valley varietals comprise the ‘Slice of Pape’ series. (A slice of a slice, if you will.) Slice of Pape (pronounced “pop”) pays homage to the blended red, rosé and white wines of the Southern Rhône. Soon, all will be made exclusively from estate-grown grapes.
They are complemented with two more limited production series of estate-grown, and Mediterranean single varietal wines. We believe that, when done well, pure varietal, single vineyard wines offer the best glimpse of both grape and site. That is the target and goal – to extend the range and depth of flavor in every bottle of Tranche that you taste.
A taste of Tranche is a slice of life… the life of the place, the vines, the people who make the wines, and most of all, you who drink them. We have given our lives over to making every bottle worthy of your attention.
– Michael and Lauri Corliss