Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley

Sheridan Vineyard

L'Orage Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

Amazing! This is so not Napa... fruit? yes, but not sweet. structured, but so well integrated. there is a vegetal component, however it comes off as savory and only adds to the amazing complexity, earthiness but so much more! Is this just Yakima Valley fruit? — 6 days ago


Boushey Vineyard Arnaut Yakima Valley Syrah

Yes Yakima! Big ol Syrah — 10 days ago

Kimberly, Shawn and 2 others liked this

Isenhower Cellars

Dutchman Vineyard Syrah 2013

Dense purple red in color. Herbal and cassis notes in nose. Spearmint, butter, dried cherry (and later plum) blackberry, cassis and cola flavors in mouth. Fine seed tannin in finish. Complex, lovely "fruit and herb" varietal expression — a month ago

Trixie, Phil and 1 other liked this

Owen Roe

Yakima Valley Red Wine

Beautiful wine this. Blackberry, plum, blueberry, delicious dark chocolate, cedar oak, violets and faint whispers of green herbs. Tannins are fine and ripe, really shapely. Acidity fresh and well integrated. — 19 days ago

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Kerloo Cellars

Upland Vineyard Snipes Mountain Grenache 2012

Man, what a treat this was. Thank you Ryan and team for sharing and pouring. My favorite wine of the night- pretty raspberry/ruby color. This wine is integrated and smooth. Acid, oak, fruit all work together to produce a complex, interesting, and highly drinkable wine. Only available for this vintage in magnum, grab some if you can! — 13 days ago

Mullan Road Cellars

Columbia Valley Red Blend 2014

Let's end the weekend with a bang, with this delicious red blend.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Great nose of dark fruits, blackberries, figs, raisins, cooked plums, cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, peppercorn, spices and graphite.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, black cherries, chocolates, smoke, licorice, oak, vanilla, earth, leather, coke, coffee, peppercorn, spices and light vegetables.

Medium plus in finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice surprise. A great red blend from Washington State. Showing great balance and mouthfeel. Spicy and still hot at the back of the throat with a nice finish.

Drinking nicely now, and will get even better in the next 5 years.

Good by itself or with food like BBQ steak. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up.

Robert Parker 91 points.

A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec. Aged in French and American Oak barrels. 146 barrels produced.

This is a delight.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 13 days ago

Phil, Kirk and 17 others liked this

Quilceda Creek

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Jesse Pender

In amazing shape for 13 years old. Tannins were firm and plentiful. Seems like I missed the sweet spot on this wine and might have been better to drink at 10 years or younger. — 6 days ago

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Bob McDonald

Bob McDonald

@Jesse Pender Thanks for the tip. I have a couple of these 2005 and the odd older one. Sounds like I need to pop sooner rather than later.
Jesse Pender

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Sure they will still age and hold up just fine. I typically just prefer to drink wines at their peak rather than in the older graceful age.

Novelty Hill

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Novelty Hill borrows from the ancient Latin phrase In Novale Novello, “in virgin ground I plant young vines,” for its name. I didn’t realize that there aren’t vines on the actual Novelty Hill in Washington (located about 5 miles east of Redmond). Oh well, so much for my Hill vs Hill face-off with Pritchard Hill’s Bryant Family. This 2014 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon talks some serious smack, and even brings a serious punch, but that would have been Go-Karts vs Formula One. That said, this is one hell of a Go-Kart. In the low $20s, my first comparison is to Charles Smith’s Substance Cs, and this blows the doors off that wine, and more than justifies its slightly higher price-point. Jumps out of the glass with black cherry, cassis, mocha, licorice, and a heavily spiced cranberry potpourri, while still managing to weave in a savory undertone that emphasizes the noticeable balance. Washington offers extraordinary value across the board, but this is a value even by Washington standards. 92+ — 3 days ago

Jason, "Odedi" and 20 others liked this


Wow. And I really like Cs!
Isaac Pirolo

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@TheSkip Seek this out. I’m curious what you’d think about it.
Bill Bender

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Me too @TheSkip meeee toooooo! C’s are the best.

Andrew Will

Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc 2015

A northwestern Cabernet Franc to pair with our second Nor'easter in less than a week...

A lovely wine, great nose of dusty blackberry with pencil shavings, no green notes at all. The palate has solid varietal profile, dark chocolate, raspberry, strawberry (light), medium-light acid with mid level tannins. For $33 this is a great bottle, showing wonderful after only a 30 minute decant.
— 10 days ago

Shay, Shawn and 30 others liked this
David T

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Another weekend of Nor’easter. Yikes. Get out that shovel. Load up on food and good wine settle in.
Severn Goodwin

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This is a snowblower storm, about 10" out there already, forecast predicts 16-22", still snowing hard, but I'm doubtful we'll get that much. Weatherman doesn't have a good track record this season in my opinion. Plenty of wine here, no one will go thirsty.
David T

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Ouch! Stay safe & warm.