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Pedestal Columbia Valley Merlot 2006

The 2006 ‘Pedestal’ is a sinfully good warm vintage Merlot by superstar enological consultant Michel Rolland that is drinking marvelously at now thirteen years of age. Following a long decant, the Merlot slowly unveils ripe black currants that combine with sandalwood, cigar ash and Turkish coffee aromatics that meld together in the glass. The palate has tremendous freshness and verve considering its age, as this silky wine effortlessly glide across the mid-palate. Still showing serious power and concentration, the ‘Pedestal’ leads with a deep core of dark fruits that mingle with suggestions of milk chocolate, pipe tobacco, leather and anise flavors that sing in harmony. Fantastic now, this beautiful wine has at least another decade of life left. Drink 2019-2028- 94 — 11 days ago

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Columbia Valley Red Blend 2017

Ripe plums, both dark & red across the nose & palate. More about fruit than oak or spice. Mild tannins, but plenty of bright acidic structure. Declassified Andrew Will juice. — 3 days ago

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David Shaw

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Is this a reference to the notorious (alleged) smoke taint grapes snubbed by a wine producer that shall go nameless, by chance?
Anthony Lombardi

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@David Shaw - I don’t think so, the original bottling of this in 2016 came about due to a major surplus in fruit from their vineyard sources, so I believe the name is tied to being “committed” & making even more wine. I haven’t heard a backstory related to smoke taint.
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Ok, my bad. Thanks for clarifying


Merlot Columbia Valley 2017

Color of slightly dark ruby, clear with a bit bloody orange tone. Nose of prune, cranberries, a bit vanilla, a bit cherry jam, very low alcohol. Taste is light and follows the nose, with addition of zesty flavors like tangerine skin, a bit sweet vanilla and just a bit peppery. Aftertaste is also sweet, a bit spicy, and fruity sweetness. Light and sweet Merlot. — 13 days ago

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John Bookwalter Winery

Conflict Conner-Lee Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

The ‘Conflict’ is a melange of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon with 48% Merlot and a dash of Malbec. Ripe red fruits dance with shades of anise and herbal undertones that take form in the glass. The palate has good freshness and minerality with medium-bodied red and dark fruit flavors, with a touch of milk chocolate. Drink 2019-2029- 91 — 2 days ago

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Good stuff there

Dunham Cellars

XIV Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The 2016 ‘Columbia Valley’ Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful new effort from this warm vintage in Washington. The nose shows off rich blackberry pie, Turkish coffee and sagebrush aromas that meld in the glass. The palate is beautifully balanced, showing ripe red cherry, blueberry compote, coffee grounds and suggestions of black tea and exotic spices. This just might be the first ‘Columbia Valley’ Cabernet Sauvignon wines by Dunham out of roughly fifteen where I have found blue fruits. Nonetheless, this is delicious wine that is drinking marvelously now and will cellar well for at least another ten to fifteen years. Drink 2019-2033- 93 — 14 days ago

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@Dr. Owen Bargreen Dr. Nice post and gray scale pic. Have a great weekend Cheers 🍷
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@P A Thanks my friend, beautiful new wine 🍷

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@Dr. Owen Bargreen Dr. Life is good Cheers 🍷

Sleight Of Hand Cellars

The Spellbinder Red Blend 2015

Smells of minty cran orange

Top side of medium bodied, gravel, ash, basil, strawberry, more gravel, licorice, and dark, deep acid mingling with the dark tannins. Very delicious, and perfect for chill and rain on its way..
— 10 days ago

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Always a nice review from you. 🍷A delicious wine from your description. Like your little statue in the photo.


Interlude Red Blend 2014

It’s got the sooty, fire pit minerality that announces Walla Walla, along with sweet dark cherry and blackberry fruit and some sweet baking spice. Mouthfilling and rich, with ripe dark berry fruit augmented by savory notes. Loads of tacky tannin but fairly low acids indicate that this is probably for drinking over the next few years. — 8 days ago

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Karen Tripson

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I’m down to my last bottle of a case I bought several years ago from garagiste and feel bereft already.

DeLille Cellars

Chaleur Blanc 2015

Nose has delicate yellow fruits, a waxy lanolin Semillon thing, and some toasty oak. Dark and low toned in the mouth — almost like a red— but very persistent and nicely balanced. Needs a delicate fish dish as a counterpoint to shine. (Not great with turkey.) — 8 days ago

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Angelo Casagrande

Angelo Casagrande

Toasty oak. Yum.


Columbia Valley Red Blend 2014

32/31/23/9/5 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot. Fruity, good tannins. Last wine from Thanksgiving dinner, it’s good but don’t judge me on my superficial analysis. Live in the moment... — 8 days ago

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Long Shadows Wineries

Pirouette Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

Turkey day pairing with beef tenderloin and bernaise sauce. 63/20/12/5 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.Decant an hour before serving. — 8 days ago

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