Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley

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...
— 6 days ago

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Sleight Of Hand Cellars

Upland Vineyard The Sorceress Grenache 2015

Visited the winery in Walla Walla and this wine is a winner with full strawberry aromatics and solid acidity. Can use more time in the bottle but is hard to resist drinking now. Well made from quality fruit. — 25 days ago

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! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 14 days ago

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@Daniel P. Drake Cheers 🍷

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. — 3 years ago

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Sheridan Vineyard

Cabernet Franc 2014

Lovely, light, but full bodied. The kind of wine you should have in your house to impress a guest. Would be happy with this under $30. — 10 days ago

Sheridan Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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2014 L’Orage Cabernet Sauvignon — 3 days ago

Long Shadows Wineries

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. — 5 days ago

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

Kobayashi Winery

Red Willow Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2016

Main event. Tasting pour at Kobayashi Winery release party in Seattle. Travis Allen is killing it in just his third release. Gorgeous WA Cab Franc. — 6 days ago

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K Vintners

Art Den Hoed Yakima Valley Viognier 2015

So much funk... ripe white peaches, lychee, honeydew, honeysuckle. Full bodied with a really nice creamy texture. My guys Charles Smith and Brennon Leighton kill it once again. — 17 days ago

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Long Shadows Wineries

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)....it 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 .... 😆) — 4 days ago

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*rubs hands together and laughs maniacally* You know you loved it, Mark!
Mark Flesher

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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.