Isenhower Cellars

Isenhower Cellars

Á Bloc Malbec 2015

Dense purple red, highly extracted pigment, some sediment in suspension. Butter, purple fruit and flowers in nose, blackberry, thyme, sage, slight cigar box. Velvety blackberry texture and flavor in mouth, slightly bitter and alcoholic on finish initially. After 30 minutes, chewy tar finish emerges with moderate astringency and a touch of menthol. A serious robust wine, but that Washington State fruit flavors and herbal nose sneak through. 106 cases produced — a month ago

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Trixie

A nice sounding Malbec. Cheers!🍷

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Snipes Mountain Viognier 2015

Last bottle. Bright yellow, excellent clarity. Stone fruit and white floral notes in nose. Peach, apricot, lemon and floral flavors, creamy finish with some skin astringency. A peachy, slightly dusty and floral aftertaste. Rounded mouthfeel, bone dry. Real length in the peach flavor after 60 minutes. As protean a Viognier as you are likely to run across in the first hour after opening, then the stone fruit and full assortment of citrus (lemon, Meyer lemon, grapefruit) emerges. Fruit flavor profile has changed since my last tasting 2.5 years earlier. Give it time to open. Who knew you could age Viognier? — 3 months ago

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Wallula Vineyard Mourvedre 2015

Second tasting. Dense purple red, moderately extracted pigment. Weedy black currant notes in nose. In mouth black currant, butterscotch, mint and later cherry flavors emerges. Seed tannins in finish need time to aerate. Cherry cough syrup aftertaste. 148 cases made. Nice wine, well made, great varietal and local character. — 4 months ago

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Yakima Valley Cabernet Franc Rosé 2017

Pale salmon pink with a tinge of orange, excellent clarity. White pepper and floral notes in nose, strawberry and citrus flavors, light to moderate skin astringency and minerality on finish, white pepper and slightly creamy aftertaste. — a month ago

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Yakima Valley Vin Gris Pinot Gris 2018

Salmon pink with orange iridescence; make of that what you like. Excellent clarity. This is Isenhower’s sole “orange wine”, so I’m assessing this in that context. Fruity, stone fruit and floral notes in nose. Maybe peach and honey notes in flavor, but there’s some undefinable note there with depth. (Mint? Herb? Or only peach?) Tart, slightly bitter peach peel flavor, moderate skin astringency. Almost dry but fruity. Good acidity and roundedness of mouthfeel alongside that assertive yet narrow (by tannin weight) range of skin astringency. I have mixed feelings about this wine but admire the craft behind its construction. This wine is pushing what a Pinot Gris can be in this style. I’d compare it with past vintages of Cameron’s orange wines (out of Oregon). I’m still learning about orange wines and developing my own sense of what a “superior” orange wine might taste like. This one helps me think about how I should think about that question, and where the “boundaries” ought to be... — 2 months ago

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Trixie

A refreshing wine from your description. Petty color. 🥂
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Strangely, it’s not really refreshing like a rosé or white wine, but more like a red wine with less heaviness, lower alcohol than a red, less color, but almost the same tannins. An orange wine is like a “noir de blanc”, a red wine made from white grapes. A bit strange to taste, at first. I’m still searching for the ones I like best. Cameron and Love and Squalor are the two best I’ve had out of Oregon. This is close (WA state). I’ve had an Italian and a French orange wine but just need to try more... Think of the category as a light fruity mouthful of tannins, so “not refreshing”, really, but fun

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El Conquistador Columbia Valley Tempranillo Blend 2015

Revisiting this vintage, four months since the last tasting. Purple-red, dense, moderately extracted pigment. Black currant, leather, herbal and spearmint notes in nose. Tart cherry and spearmint in the mouth, white pepper, black pepper and fine grained tannins in finish. Lactic aftertaste. Needs time to open. Moderate skin astringency emerges after one hour, cherry-plum flavor with length after two. — 5 months ago

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Yakima Valley Roussanne 2016

Found an extra bottle of this vintage tucked away, so revisiting it. Previous tasting notes largely hold; lees character on finish has faded somewhat but flavor profile, acidity and rounded mouthfeel still intact, well balanced and crafted. I love this stuff, fruity but dry, refined, great for sipping but should hold up to food. Citric-lemon component intensifies after 30 minutes, so its use as a food wine improves markedly with decanting or patience. Still, it’s a great wine to sip for those first 30 minutes, even with less intense citric acid and lemon flavor. — a month ago

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Golden Paintbrush Yakima Valley Marsanne 2015

Last bottle of vintage. Pale yellow, excellent clarity. Floral and dust notes in nose. Rounded mouthfeel, bright, great balance of acidity, complex flavor profile - citrus, stone fruit, melon. Mineral, lemon (and after 60 minutes) leesy finish. This has aged well over past two years since my previous tasting. — 2 months ago

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Restoration White Yakima Valley Roussanne 2017

Yakima Valley, Olsen Ranch Vineyard. 100 cases made. Pale yellow, excellent clarity. Floral, funk and sulfite notes in nose. Stone fruit flavors with creamy lemon finish, some skin astringency and mild seed bitterness. Dry, nice rounded mouthfeel, aftertaste of lemon and honeydew. Elegant sipping wine with its fruit, but just enough acidity to stand up to food. — 3 months ago

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Jongleur Petit Verdot 2015

Jongleur Petit Verdot red table wine, Columbia Valley, Dionysus Vineyards, 292 cases made. Dense purple red, highly extracted pigment. Butter, black currant and spearmint notes in nose initially. Black currant flavor with lots of chewy tannins, with a slightly salty black licorice finish. Allow 30 minutes to open; nuanced, lightly flavored but depth of fruit, good acidity, an undercurrent of anise, fruit and floral character, but well integrated. Moderate skin astringency. — 4 months ago

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Trixie

Delicious! Cheers!