Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley

Matthews

Reserve Cabernet Franc 2018

A well-balanced nose of earth and fruit - think overripe strawberries meets grass and graphite. Incredible tannins and notes of leather, olive, and plums. Definitely worth decanting. Only 415 cases produced from Washington’s top AVAs (Walla-Walla, Red Mountain, Royal Slope...) — 16 days ago

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Meyer Family Vineyards

Mclean Creek Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Meyer, no doubt, making the best Pinot Noir in 🇨🇦 at every price point. — 4 days ago

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Andrew Will

Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Merlot Blend 2015

This merlot/cab franc blend from Washington’s Red Mountain AVA is a killer! Needs no less than an hour decant. Extraordinary. Potent. Depth and tenacity. Gorgeous nose, seductive, lingering, really well-crafted. Cheers! — 3 days ago

Josh, Tom and 13 others liked this

Cairdeas Winery

Caisléan an Pápa Boushey Vineyard Red Blend 2018

Nice little red blend from Cairdeas. Little rare to find a wine from WA that includes some Counoise and it is a welcome addition to this blend. You also can’t go wrong with Boushey fruit 😉 — 18 days ago

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L'Ecole No. 41

Old Vines Yakima Valley Chenin Blanc 2019

G D
9.4

Perfect with lobster and family celebrations! — 19 days ago

Grosgrain

Red Heaven Vineyard Grenache 2019

Laser focused - very well made and built for the long haul. This bright ruby red and translucent Grenache took 1-2 days to open up from its reductive slumber. Given grenache’s propensity to oxidation - one can tell the fruit and wine were handled with care. 15% whole cluster. Seek this team out @grosgrain — 8 days ago

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TruthTeller

Yakima Valley Viognier 2019

Peaches, flowers, with decent acidity. Tasty viognier. — 11 days ago

Pacific Rim Winemakers

Hahn Hill Vineyard Chenin Blanc

Intense fruit flavors for a drier wine, just a touch of sweetness. — 19 days ago

Col Solare

Shining Hill Red Mountain Red Blend 2016

This is the least expensive wine Col Solare makes, about fiddy. It still fucks. Btw I’m drinking and scrolling and about to check in a LOT of wine sitting in my account I forgot about with extremely suspect notes based purely on drunken memory. 🎉 — 5 months ago

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Quilceda Creek

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 vintage tasted June 2021. If I were to blind-taste this wine, I would have never guessed it’s a Cab! I think I’d say it was some sort of weird blend of Pinotage and Merlot. But if the tasting judge pulled off the wrapper, I would smack my forehead in embarrassment and exclaim, “of course it’s a Cab, but it’s soooo unique!” The tannic structure is not what you get from a Cab from its optimal growing regions (Napa, Sonoma, Coonawarra). The body is lighter, and its medium tannic structure lets a lot of spice through. I don’t think it’s quite as good as the 2016 vintage, but I have to give it same 9.8 rating which I gave the 2016. Maybe I should edit my 2016 rating and push it up to 9.9? (I’ve never given a wine a 10 or even a 9.9, but maybe I’m being too much of a wine snob?) Anyway, I taste so few wines at this level of sophistication that I worry I am underrating it and that I’m not damning it with faint 9.8 praise.

This wine is young, but I’m sure it will be fully drinkable in 20 years (long after I’m gone!). But I’m not sure it will get any better with age—rather it will only change from great to a different great.

Tasting notes: cinnamon and blackberries on the nose. Dry red fruit on the front. Medium tannic structure—not silky, but not puckery. It has a long finish with all sorts of spicy post-orgasmic pleasures.

All I can say is, if it you can get yourself on the Quilceda Creek mailing list, you will be blessed, and you will be one of the coolest wine drinkers around.
— 14 days ago