Columbia Valley, Oregon Washington

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Sequel Columbia Valley Syrah 2014

Out of the 4 wines opened at The Bird, this one edged out the Numanthia 12 by a hair. Quite similar profiles IMO. This Walla Walla Syrah was quite enjoyable with dark black fruit on the front. Consistent with the 2015 I tasted a bit ago but IMO, this one had a bit more of a smoked beef flavor in the middle that the dark sweet and still youthful fruit gave way. Chose this as the "food" wine since most chose the Bird Burger (a grass fed beef burger) went rather well. Popular with the crowd of novices and winos, the smoky finish was very complementary. Maybe I might acquire a few of these WA Syrahs afterall to have for these purposes....(not a word, @Shay A .... πŸ˜†) β€” 5 days ago

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*rubs hands together and laughs maniacally* You know you loved it, Mark!
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Lol @Shay A the pairing of this wine with a grass-fed beef with that more pungent beef note was really incredible. I could imagine opening up a few Washington Syrahs at Classic and getting some sliders delivered from somewhere that used grass-fed beef. That would be a really awesome afternoon!
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@Mark Flesher : Sounds like an awesome idea. Let’s do it.

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Sangiovese Blend 2015

Bright Sangiovese. Don brought spicy moose sticks with him and this paired brilliantly! Long Shadows private tasting 8/8. Thank you Long Shadows - we were very well taken care of! β€” 6 days ago

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Columbia Valley Red Blend 2015

Bordeaux blend was our fave of the tasting. Bought a mag and will let it nap for 5 years. Long Shadows private tasting 4/8 β€” 6 days ago

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Isenhower Cellars

Road Less Traveled Yakima Valley Cabernet Franc 2014

Deep dense highly extracted purple red; excellent clarity at margins. Black currant fruit leather in nose with a touch of butter (later, butterscotch), funk, raspberry, blueberry, white pepper, spice and canned spinach (evolves into canned corn and something like dill; complex nose). Black currant, blackberry and black (later white) pepper flavors with cherry cola and a touch of spearmint in finish. (Sorry, it’s not a goth affectation or such; I just call it as I perceive it, honestly, scientifically, as best I can make it out).
Some skin bitterness with moderate skin astringency. I’m really digging this complexity and depth of flavor...
β€” 7 days ago

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Isenhower Cellars

Jongleur Petit Verdot 2014

Dense highly extracted purple. Plum, black currant, cola and barnyard notes in nose with a hint of eucalyptus and spice. Blueberry, black currant flavors, coffee in the finish. Some lightly chewy fine-grained tannins (later expresses as moderate skin astringency) and seed bitterness in finish as well. This is probably my favorite red from Isenhower. The 2014 is tasting different and arguably less complex than their 2013 and 2014 PV, but still tasty in my book. The barnyard may be too persistent for some, however. β€” 13 days ago

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Nice review! Have a good weekend!

Sheridan Vineyard

Boss Block Cabernet Franc 2012

Opens with prevalent graphite, licorice and raspberries. On the palate rich plums and red berries mixed with small amounts of licorice currants and graphite to make a well balanced Cab Franc. This is a really good one but still my favorite is ARNYCA. By all means I hope you try this and make your comparisons. β€” 3 years ago

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Chateau Ste. Michelle

Indian Wells Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix Here is a nice one from Columbia Valley.

A pretty color of dark purple with a wide purplish rim.

Light nose of blackberries, black plums, black cherries, vanilla, spices, peppercorn, light vegetables, pencil lead, tobacco, dark chocolates, mocha and earth.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, sweet cherries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, vanilla, earth, coffee cola, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is starting to drink nicely, although a few years in the bottle would be a good idea.

A little light on the nose even after 2 hours of airtime. Spicy with mild complexity, a great mouthfeel and nice balance.

Good right out of the bottle and good for parties. A good sipping wine too.

Aged for 20 months in French and American oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

β€” 19 days ago

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Chester-Kidder Columbia Valley Red Blend 2014

This was ready to go the moment the cork was pulled. The juicy blue and black fruits just about leap from the glass and the palate, wow, just fabulous. Sweet, juicy tannins gush across it leading to a long, intoxicating finish. Love everything I’ve had from this producer. β€” 6 days ago

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Definitely their most pop and pour wine. Very easy to enjoy.

Betz Family Winery

Clos de Betz Columbia Valley Red Blend 2014

This afternoon I stopped at a fee wine stores looking for a nice wine to try tonight and I came upon the 2014 Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz Bordeaux Blend. I have been wanting to try the Betz wines for some time now and I finally pulled the trigger on this one. A blend of 71% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot.

This wine is beautifully complex on the nose with black cherry, blackberry, plum, black currant, vanilla, caramel, mocha and graphite.

The dark fruit continues through on the palate with black cherry, blackberry, plum, blueberry, black currant, vanilla, caramel, mocha and graphite.

This wine is full bodied with a smooth lush velvety mouthfeel. There is medium to + acidity and medium + rounded tannins that lead right to a long sweet dark fruit finish. A beautiful wine with many years of life to go. I am glad to have tried this and I will be off to purchase a few more bottles Have a wonderful rest of your week and please stay safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
β€” 15 days ago

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Pirouette Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

I’ve a lot of the β€˜15 Pirouette in this trip and it continues to impress. Convinced it will be fantastic with a little nap. β€” 4 days ago

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