Our Story 

This is a story about finding and returning to one's roots.  Marco De Santis' family has been making wine in Italy for generations and his great grandfather traveled from a small village in Central Italy to Tacoma, Washington in 1904 to work on the railroad.  Marco then returned to his ROOTS in Washington State 111 years later to dedicate part of his life to crafting ultra-premium wines that showcase the Red Mountain terroir. 

The most unique aspect of the winery is that each blend is composed of grape varieties that share genetic ROOTS.  Our two flagship wines, Laevus and Dexter (Latin for left and right), are single vineyard blends that represent the pinnacle of our wine program.

  • Laevus is a co-fermented blend of Petite Sirah with its parent Grape, Syrah, from Red Heaven Vineyard. 
  • Dexter is a co-fermented blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with its parent grape, Cabernet Franc, from Scooteney Flats Vineyard. 

co-fermenting these parent and offspring grapes results in expressive, rich and harmonious wines. We hope you gather with family and friends over a bottle of our wine to discuss your own ROOTS! 






Walla Walla, Washington





2015 Laevus Syrah - Petite Sirah

Tasting Notes

Brooding aromas of blackberry preserves laced with brown sugar and baking spices, with hints of new leather, violets, game and wet stone. A generous forepalate of dark brambly fruit with exotic spice and a dense mouthfeel lead to refined but big, chewy tannins and a very long finish.

The Specs

AVA: Red Mountain

Vineyard: Red Heaven

Varieties: 69% Syrah and 31% Petite Sirah, co-fermented

Harvest Date: 9/20/2015

Winemaking: Cold soak, BM 4X4 yeast, extended maceration, natural malolactic fermentation

Oak: 21 months in 24% new French oak (Dargaud & Jaegle Vosges Puncheon, medium toast) and 76% neutral French oak

Bottling: Unfined and unfiltered

Alcohol: 15.5%

Cases Produced: 216


2016 Dexter Cabernet Sauvignon- Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes

Bursting aromas of dark cherry, baking spice, tobacco leaf and dried herbs. A mélange of concentrated cherry, raspberry and red currant fruit flavors glide along the palate with balancing acidity and very fine tannins. The long iron tinged finish screams Red Mountain.

The Specs

AVA: Red Mountain

Vineyard: Scooteney Flats

Varieties: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Cabernet Franc, co-fermented

Harvest Date: 10/6/2016

Winemaking: Cold soak, BM 4X4 yeast, extended maceration, natural malolactic fermentation

Oak: 21 months in 25% new French oak (Taransaud medium toast and Boutes Grand Reserve) 75% neutral French oak

Bottling: Unfined and unfiltered

Alcohol: 15.5%

Cases Produced: 189


2018 Roussane -Marsanne

Tasting Notes

This co-fermented blend of 69% Roussanne and 31% Marsanne from Destiny Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA draws you in with a tantalizing bouquet of peach, apple and marzipan. The beautifully round, textured mouthfeel delivers lush flavors of fresh sliced peaches and pears and a touch of chamomile. The finish offers a snap of ginger, supported by earthy minerality from its aging in amphora.

The Specs

AVA: Horse Heaven Hills

Vineyard: Destiny Ridge

Varieties: 69% Roussanne and 31% Marsanne, co-fermented

Harvest Date: 09/30/2018

Winemaking: “Pied de cuve” natural fermentation, no malolactic fermentation. Aged in Tuscan clay amphora for 10 months

Alcohol: 14.5%

Cases produced: 47


Our team

Marco and Andrea De Santis - Owners

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Marco De Santis was born in Toledo, Ohio and lived most of his life there until he went off to medical school in Bradenton, Florida.  Marco's family has made wine in the Abruzzo region of Italy for generations but he developed a deep passion for winemaking during his medical training in Michigan, where he completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Endocrinology. He learned the fundamentals of winemaking by reading classic textbooks and applying his knowledge on a small scale at home.  When he moved to Washington he teamed up with veteran winemaker Josh Maloney in order to utilize his expertise in crafting unique, terroir driven wines from the Red Mountain AVA.  

Marco met his wife Andrea, an organ transplant coordinator, at his 10 year high school reunion.  They got married in September 2013 and moved to Washington State in November 2015.  In February 2017 they welcomed the arrival of their son Lorenzo.  They enjoy cooking, hiking, traveling and spending quality time with friends and family.  

Joshua maloney - Consulting Winemaker

Joshua Maloney began making wine professionally in the New York Finger Lakes over twenty years ago. After working with cool climate varieties such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer for two years, he relocated to California, working first for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley, then Estancia in Monterey County. In 2005 he was hired by Chateau Ste. Michelle to be their Red Winemaker, running their Canoe Ridge Estate facility. After six years in this role, he left Ste. Michelle to work as the Head Winemaker for Milbrandt Vineyards as well as Director of Winemaking for Wahluke Wine Company, a custom crush winery. It was during this time that he started his own brand, Maloney, that focuses on terroir driven, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2016 he left this position to focus on his own brand and his consulting role as our winemaker for Radix. Joshua's specialty and focus as a winemaker is applying his vast repertoire of winemaking techniques to accentuate the terroir of each parcel of grapes to create wines that reflect the vineyard, variety and vintage. During his career he has earned more than 70 scores of 90 or higher from the major wine publications, has worked with fruit from nearly every AVA in Washington, and has created blends as small as 71 cases to as large as 300,000. Aside from wine Joshua is very passionate about cooking, music and his continuing effort to finally reunite North and South Dakota.

Their blend of Syrah (69 percent) and Petite Sirah from Red Heaven Vineyard allows for the true to varietal elements of Syrah to shine...
— Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman, Great Northwest Wine, Tri-City Hearld

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