Riesling 2021

We had a busy weekend with some friends going through a few bottles. We started with the nice invigorating Riesling from Figgins. Not like the 2020 however. we paired it with some different light cheeses like Brie, Muenster cheese, an apricot flavored cheese and a garlic flavored curd cheese. They all brought different flavors out of the wine. Fun experiment. Interestingly, one of the bottles was carbonated 🤔, the yeast must have still been active. — 3 months ago

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Marchesi Antinori

Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Cabernet any way you want it. Split decision amongst the crowd on WOTN. All showing well. The FRA and ITA need much more time. The Figgins was singing. — 4 years ago

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Pepper Bridge

Estate Vineyards Walla Walla Valley Merlot 2014

David T

The 14 is a blend of 77% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc & 7% Merlot. Nose of; ruby dark cassis, blackberries, black plum, dark cherries, black raspberries, hues of blue fruits, pepper and liquid violets. The mouthfeel is lush & ruby. M+ body & M+ tannins. Blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries and hues of blue fruits. Crushed rocks, soft leather, dry herbs, underbrush, loamy soil powder, notes of cigar, violets, dark florals, nice acidity and beautifully round, lush finish with sex appeal. Photos of; an aerial view of Pepper Bridge, estate grapes going through veraison, Owner-Norm McKibben, and ground shot of the estate. Producer notes and history...Norm McKibben is one of founding fathers of Walla Walla's wine industry. To his good friends and colleagues, he is better know as "Stormin' Norman." In Norm's 30 plus years in Walla Walla, the valley has evolved from a 40 vineyard acres to an appellation with more than 2,800 acres under vine. A good portion of the boom can be attributed to Norm even after coming to the game late after working for several decades as an engineer in the construction industry. Not wanting to retire after, he moved to Walla Walla to become an apple farmer. In 1989, he realized Walla Walla's potential for grape growing. Norm planted his first vineyard with help from his wife, Virginia and their eldest son, Shane. Two years later, Norm added Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These vines soon became the backbone of Pepper Bridge. Not long after he expanded his business and resume further. Norm got involved in the budding wine industry. He served as a partner and director at Canoe Ridge Vineyards, Hogue Cellars and worked with a number of Walla Walla's leading vintners. In 1996, he partnered with Gary Figgins of Leonetti Cellar and Marty Clubb of L'Ecole No. 41. At this point, McKibben had increased his vineyard holdings to 200 acres. In 1998, Norm officially started Pepper Bridge Winery. Today, Pepper Bridge Winery is a benchmark property in Walla Walla and Norm is an icon of the industry. He manages and consults for more than 600 acres of the top vineyard sites in Walla Walla; Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills and Les Collines. Norm also has introduced state of the art irrigation systems, soil moisture temperature monitoring equipment and sustainable farming techniques. Norm is a big believer in sustainable viticulture. All of his vineyards are certified sustainable by VINEA, the Walla Walla Valley's Sustainable Trust, and LIVE, an Oregon-based sustainable viticulture organization. They are also certified Salmon Safe and are monitored by the IOBC, the international body responsible for setting sustainability standards. In 1998, the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers honored Norm as "Grape Grower of the Year." That same year, he was appointed chair of the Washington Wine Commission and served in that position until retiring from the organization in 2001. If there is a Maverick of the Walla Walla wine producers, it would be Norm. — 5 years ago

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Estate Red Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2017

Absolutely phenomenal! — 5 months ago

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Figlia Walla Walla Valley Red Blend 2018

Literally translated as ‘daughter’ in Italian, the 2018 ‘Figlia’ is a seductive blend of Petit Verdot and Merlot all sourced from the Figgins Estate Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. Aged in French oak for 23 months before bottling, this inky colored wine shows classic green bell pepper tones from the Petit Verdot, alongside pencil lead, blackberry coulis and creme de cassis tones that all meld in the glass. The palate is deep and inviting, with a massive degree of concentration but plenty of bright, mouth-watering acidity. Layers of blueberry pie, blackberry compote, mocha, creosote and exotic spices come together on the palate. The novelty here is really impressive. Intense and evocative, this is like nothing made in Washington State. Gorgeous in its youth, be sure to give the 2018 ‘Figlia’ a two hour decant if savoring in its infancy. Drink 2021-2040- 96 — 2 years ago

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Leonetti Cellar

Columbia Valley Merlot 2015

David T

Gorgeous cherry aromatics, sweet soils, soft baking spices, vanilla, coffee grounds, soft liqueur notes and red roses & violets. On the palate, ripe gorgeous blackberries, dark cherries, plum notes, black raspberries, raspberries, strawberries, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, love the minerality, fresh acidity and a beautiful cherry finish. This will get better with 7-10 years in the bottle but it's really hard not to enjoy now. Merlot at its best! Photos of; Gary and Nancy Figgins home, stainless cellar fermenting tanks, branded logo barrel, and Amy Figgins hosting our tasting in their tasting room. Thanks to Amy and her cousin Jason (Viticulturist) for sharing all your time & knowledge. — 5 years ago

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Leonetti Cellar

Walla Walla Valley Merlot 2008

Chris Figgins sure can make a great wine. This one is drinking very well at 8yrs old. — 6 years ago


Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Delicious Chris Figgins wine. — 2 years ago

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Leonetti Cellar

Walla Walla Valley Sangiovese 2014

The 2014 Sangiovese from Leonetti was Sourced from the Seven Hills, Loess, Mill Creek Upland and Serra Pedace vineyards, and incudes a small percentage of Aglianico (5%). This absolutely stunning Sangiovese opens with intense aromatics of red cherries, raspberries, cigar box and rose petals. The palate has wonderful minerality and shows impressive mid-palate weight, with flavors of dark cherry, red raspberries, pipe tobacco, milk chocolate, mint and pencil shavings that expand effortlessly. The astringency is absolutely wonderful, as is the long, mineral and dark fruit driven finish. This wine will cellar exceedingly well for a decade or more as this is a tremendous showing by Chris Figgins who has carefully crafted one of the most compelling examples new world Sangiovese that you will find. Drink 2019-2029- 94 — 3 years ago

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@Dr. Owen Bargreen Dr. Nice post Cheers 🍷
Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard

Had the 2010 last week and it was great!
Jason Brater

Jason Brater

Great review of great wine!

Toil Oregon

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

Toil Oregon (of Figgins Family Wine Estates) has hit the make with this fine Pinot Noir Rose, just in time for spring/summer and the foods we make when the sun (re)emerges. Willamette Valley knows Pinot. — 6 years ago

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