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Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2017

Bolt to Wines Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2017, California

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, plums, wood, licorice, alcohol, light vanilla, light barnyard, peppercorn, spices, earth, light vegetables, tobacco and chocolates.

Full bodied and soft with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, sweet cherries, vanilla, earth, wood, spices, vegetables, herbs, peppercorn, chocolates and tobacco.

Medium finish with soft tannins, peppercorn and cherries.

This is a nice surprise. A very tasty Pinot Noir from Santa Rita Hills in California. Not really drinking like a Pinot Noir, though. Drinks more like a Washington Syrah.

Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel, and a spicy and tangy finish. Nicely balanced with nice complexity.

Good by itself as a sipping wine. A Pinot Noir not for the Pinot Noir drinker. Very unique.

Much better after 2 hours of airtime, although good right out of the bottle.

Made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 3 days ago

P, Ted and 7 others liked this

Chateau Ste. Michelle

Canoe Ridge Estate Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

I’ve had some chateau st Michelle wines in the past that were pretty pedestrian. This was very a very solid cab, with dramatic fruit but more subtlety. Would-have been even better with a decant, but still very good. Would buy again. — 12 days ago

Intrinsic Wine Co.

Horseheaven Hills Red Blend 2017

Tasty Cabernet Franc / Malbec blend. Smooth with nice fruit notes. — 6 days ago

Robin Miller
with Robin

Soos Creek

Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2008

This wine was GREAT for an hour. Then it fell apart. In 99.9% of scenarios it would be gone before it fell apart. — 8 days ago

P, Shay and 9 others liked this

Andrew Will

Sorella Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

Eric S

Nice bright red and black fruit. 70/20/10ish Cab/Merlot/CF. Plenty of life left. — 9 days ago

Shay, Brandon and 24 others liked this

Sinclair Estate Vineyards

Pentatonic Columbia Valley Red Blend 2013

It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's one from Washington State.

Deep ruby in color with a wide reddish /brick rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black currants, wood, vanilla, cola, earth, licorice, spices, coffee, pencil lead, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco and metals.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, wood, earth, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, bitter herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead and dark chocolates.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Merlot based Bordeaux Blend from Washington State. Easy drinking and tangy.

This 7 year old is Nicely balanced with mild complexity and is peaking now. Elegant, gracious and soft.

Good by itself or with food and good right out of the bottle.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

I paired it with cheeses and fresh vegetables.

A blend of 53% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. A very small production of only 19 barrels.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 9 hours ago

Alex, Ron and 7 others liked this


Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

What an enjoyable wine. Great on its own. Great with food. — a day ago

Alexandria Nicole

Destiny Ridge Vineyards Destiny

Luxurious body. Allspice and smoke on the nose. Not much I’m the front of the palate but a tart mineral note. But then the tongue gets wrapped up by a thick blanket of velvety tannins. This wine rocks at the mid palate. Then it ends with a few high notes that are almost shrill in their tartness, but which act as a counterpoint to the heaviness of the warm fuzzy tannins. This wine would be great if the wine maker could figure out how to bring a little more fruit on the front. Even so, it’s eminently drinkable. So there’s comfort food— I would call this comfort wine. — 6 days ago

Maryhill Winery

Mckinley Springs Vineyard Petit Verdot 2012

Been on a petit verdot kick lately. 2012 was an “easy” year to get ripe PV and this one is not overripe. The beefy tannic structure is just what I would expect. Black plum, subtle blackberry notes, some mocha and oaky notes are most prevalent. It is a solid, but not stellar example of what WA state can do with the fruit. A good side by side for something of higher caliber or a second bottle. Price point for the varietal is also a good deal. — 14 days ago

Cherish HartJen Masar
with Cherish and Jen
"Odedi" and Anthony liked this

W.T. Vintners

Washington Red Rhone Blend Boushey Vineyard 2016

Jeff knocked it out of the park again with this vintage. This true GSM blend has all the right pepper and fruit notes. Such a lovely balance. — 12 days ago

Shay, Paul and 4 others liked this