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IDWineryWine NameAVAVintage$RatingNotesRegionTypeMain VarietalPublication DateSettingPurchased/ ProvidedTemp (if not standard)Hyperlink
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3237La CremaPinot NoirWillamette Valley2012$30*** 1/2Sourced from ten different vineyards across the Willamette Valley, it’s a moderately aromatic wine with complex notes of orange zest, black tea, cola, cherry, and pencil lead. The palate is medium-plus bodied, full flavored with slightly dry wood tannins and a spice filled finish. 100% Pinot Noir. Aged nine months in French oak (25% new). 13.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.ORRedPinot Noir12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3236Kramer VineyardsCelebrate Rose of Pinot NoirYamhill-Carlton2013$24**Medium pink in color with notes of watermelon, raspberry, and spice. It’s dry and crisp with fruit and herb flavors. 10.3% alcohol. 0.5% Residual Sugar. 65 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.ORRosePinot Noir12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3235Kramer VineyardsCelebrate Müeller-ThurgauYamhill-Carlton2013$22**An aromatic wine with notes of ripe peach, pineapple, and high toned citrus. It drinks off dry with sweet fruit flavors, trailing off on the finish. 11% alcohol. 1.5% Residual Sugar. 325 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.ORWhiteMüeller-Thurgau12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3234Kramer VineyardsCelebrate Pinot GrisYamhill-Carlton2013$22***An aromatic wine with notes of Asian pear, citrus rind, and spice. It drinks off dry with melon flavors and a crisp, biscuity finish. 12.5% alcohol. 0.6% Residual Sugar. 99 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.ORWhitePinot Gris12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3233Anam Cara CellarsPinot Noir Nicholas EstateChehalem Mountains2011$32****Quite light in color and aroma with notes of moss, cherry, and cola with touches of barrel spices running from cinnamon to smoke. The palate is elegant and almost completely transparent in style – perhaps too much so for some tastes - while still retaining some juiciness to the mouthwatering fruit flavors. 100% Pinot Noir. 33% Dijon 114, 27% Dijon 115, 15% Pommard, 14% Dijon 777, and 11% Dijon 667 clones. Aged in French oak (21% new). 12.4% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.ORRedPinot Noir12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3232Anam Cara Cellars Pinot Noir Mark IVChehalem Mountains2009$65****Coming from the warm 2009 vintage, it’s somewhat riper in style but still retains its restraint and freshness with appealing aromas and flavors of mint, cherry, and cola speckled with barrel spices, with the charm here equal parts feel and flavor. In a sweet spot at present. Drink now. 100% Pinot Noir. 75% Dijon 777, 15% Dijon 114, 6% Pommard, and 4% Dijon 115 clones. Aged 11 months in French oak (22% new). 14.0% alcohol. 55 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.ORRedPinot Noir12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3231Anam Cara CellarsPinot Noir Heather's VineyardChehalem Mountains2009$65****A moderately aromatic wine with vanilla, cocoa, cola, bark, cherries, and mushroom. The palate is medium-plus bodied with seamless, textured fruit flavors. 100% Pinot Noir. Dijon Clone 114. Aged in French oak (22% one year old, 78% two year old). 14.0% alcohol. 55 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.ORRedPinot Noir12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3230Anam Cara CellarsReserve Estate Pinot NoirChehalem Mountains2011$45***A brooding wine with cinnamon, baking spices, cola, pine needle, and sweet herbs. The palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied with unresolved, tightly wound tannins and cleansing acidity. 100% Pinot Noir. 26% Dijon 777, 22% Pommard, 23 % Dijon 115, 17% Dijon 114, and 12% Dijon 667 clones. Aged in French oak (37% new). 12.5% alcohol. 420 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.ORRedPinot Noir12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3229Anam Cara CellarsPinot Noir WädenswilChehalem Mountains2011$55****An aromatically pleasing wine with notes of sarsaparilla, coffee, wet moss, and cherry. The palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied and glides along with seamless flavors and an lingering finish. Tannins still need a bit of time to stretch their legs. Best after 2015. 12.2% alcohol. 95 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.ORRedPinot Noir12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3228Anam Cara CellarsPinot Noir Vineyard SelectionChehalem Mountains2011$24****Pale in color. Lightly aromatic with notes of dark strawberry, cherry, mint, forest floor, and baking spices. The palate is ethereally light with mouthwatering acidity and a pretty sense of balance that carries through the finish. 12% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.ORRedPinot Noir12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3227Anam Cara CellarsRiesling Nicholas EstateChehalem Mountains2012$22*** 1/2A moderately aromatic wine with citrus zest, white peach, jasmine, and mineral notes. It drinks off dry with good tension with the sugar and acids and a lingering finish. 100% Riesling. 2.2% Residual Sugar. 7.1 g/L TA. 10.8% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.ORWhiteRiesling12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3226Anam Cara CellarsDry Riesling Nicholas EstateChehalem Mountains2012$22***An aromatic and appealing wine with lemon zest, white grapefruit, and abundant mineral notes. As labeled, the palate is dry with puckering acidity. The concentration isn’t all there for it to stand alone but it perks up dinner quite nicely. 100% Riesling. 1.2% Residual Sugar. 9.16 g/L TA. 11.8% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.ORWhiteRiesling12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3225Stoller Family EstateReserve Pinot NoirWillamette Valley2010$45****Brings notes of cola, raspberry, baking spices, and thistle. It’s medium bodied with a lot of richness to the fruit flavors while still displaying pleasing subtleties and elegance. 100% Pinot Noir. Aged 10 months in French oak (40% new). 13.5% alcohol. 3,290 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.ORRedPinot Noir12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3224Stoller Family EstatePinot NoirDundee Hills2012$30****Dark in color, it’s brightly aromatic with notes of dark raspberry, pomegranate, kirsch, and plum. It’s full bodied and fruit-filled, bringing some heft to the tannins that should smooth out with some additional time in the bottle. 100% Pinot Noir. Aged in French oak (30% new). 13.8% alcohol. 7,050 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.ORRedPinot Noir12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3223ErathPrince Hill Pinot NoirDundee Hills2011$50**** 1/2Moderately aromatic with an assortment of barrel spices, licorice, sarsaparilla, dark coffee, and cherry. The palate is juicy, light, and elegant in style with a long, tart finish. 100% Pinot Noir. 71% Pommard, 22% 115, 5% 113, and 2% 667 clones. Aged 12 months in French oak (40% new). 12.5% alcohol. 988 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.ORRedPinot Noir12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3222ErathLeland Pinot NoirWillamette Valley2011$50****Pale in color. A lightly aromatic wine with notes of vanilla, woodspice, sarsaparilla, cranberry, and cherry. The palate is juicy with a light, airy feel with abundant fruit and barrel flavors along with exquisite acid balance that stretches out the flavors. 100% Pinot Noir. Aged 12 months in French oak (40% new). 12.5% alcohol. 527 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.ORRedPinot Noir12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3221ErathPinot NoirOregon2012$19*** 1/2A moderately aromatic wine with notes of dried strawberries, fresh cranberries, pomegranate, and plum along with a kiss of vanilla. The palate is medium bodied, fresh and fruit filled with a pleasing sense of purity. 13.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.ORRedPinot Noir12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3220Columbia WineryComposition Red BlendColumbia Valley2012$17***A vibrantly fruit filled wine with cherry and raspberry, licorice, and fresh herbs. The flavors are supple and soft in feel backed by firm, chalky tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. 13.3% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. RecommendedWARedRed Blend12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3219Columbia WineryCabernet SauvignonColumbia Valley2012$17***A moderately aromatic wine with black cherry, wood spice, herbs, and pencil lead. The palate is packed tightly with chewy, rustic, black tea tannins along with herb, cherry, and plum flavors. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah, 10% Malbec, and 3% Merlot. 13.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.WARedCabernet Sauvignon12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3218Columbia WineryMerlotColumbia Valley2012$17***A moderately aromatic wine with red fruit, herbs, plum, and wet stone. The palate drinks young, needing a full day to settle into its chewy tannins and mouthwatering fruit flavors. 85% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% other varieties. 13.9% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.WARedMerlot12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3217Columbia WineryChardonnayColumbia Valley2012$15*** 1/2A moderately aromatic, fresh, and appealing wine with melon, apple, and spice. The palate is full bodied with a textured, rich feel and a lingering finish. 13.8% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.WAWhiteChardonnay12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3216Columbia WinerySmall Lot RieslingColumbia Valley2013$26***An aromatically expressive wine with notes of jasmine, flowers, apricot, and tropical fruit. The palate drinks just off dry with a rich feel to the fruit flavors that carries through the finish. 13.1% alcohol. 568 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WAWhiteRiesling12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3215Columbia WinerySmall Lot ViognierColumbia Valley2013$26***An aromatic wine with abundant notes of honeysuckle, ripe peach, and nectarine. The palate drinks a hair off dry with full bodied fruit flavors and a finish with lingering floral notes. 98% Viognier and 2% other varieties. 13.9% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.WAWhiteViognier12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3214Silverback VineyardsReserve SyrahColumbia Valley2011$240**** 1/2Made all from free run juice and almost impenetrable when first cracked, it opens to reveal smoke, mulberry, raspberry, cream, graphite, and spice. The elegant fruit flavors flesh out after a day of being open. 100% Syrah. Aged 15 months in 500L puncheon. 15% alcohol. 55 cases produced.WARedSyrah12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3213Silverback VineyardsSyrahColumbia Valley2010$80****Locked up tight as a drum at present with woodspice, stewed boysenberry, freshly ground currant, and a light smokiness. It’s precise and detailed with a soft, supple elegance and texture. Lingers long on the finish. Aged 25 months in second fill French oak. 14.8% alcohol. 149 cases produced.WARedSyrah12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3212Silverback VineyardsSangioveseColumbia Valley2010$55*** 1/2Closed up aromatically at present, it leads with barrel spices of coffee and spice followed by berry and sour cherry. The palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied, elegant in style with good acidity. The wood flavors are quite prominent but there is a pleasing seamlessness to the palate. 87% Sangiovese, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Syrah. Aged 24 months in American oak puncheons. 14.2% alcohol. 185 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedSangiovese12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3211somme des partiesA Stream Diverted SyrahWalla Walla Valley2012$34** 1/2This wine is aromatically reticent with notes of dark fruit, mineral, fig, and licorice. It’s medium bodied with a silky, restrained feel to the fruit flavors and a slightly sharp uptick on the finish. 98% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Patina Vineyard. Aged in French oak (33% new). 14.1% alcohol.WARedSyrah12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3210somme des partiesThe Philosopher’s Companion Red WineColumbia Valley2012$32***This is a moderately aromatic wine with fresh herbs, savory notes, cherry, vanillin, woodspice, and licorice. It’s medium bodied with firm but well integrated tannins along with mouthwatering acids. Leans a touch green but still provides plenty of interest. 80% Tinta Cao, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Syrah. Red Heaven Vineyard. 14.1% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.WARedTinta Cao12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3209somme des partiesDown in the Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 90% Syrah 10%Columbia Valley2012$38**** This is a moderately aromatic wine with notes of assorted dried herbs along with black and red fruit. The palate shows a pleasing mix of fruit and savory flavors showing good depth without getting overburdened with the oak in the background and bright acids drawing out the flavors. An impressive offering. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah. Elephant Mountain Vineyard. Aged 20 months in French oak (50% new). 14.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.WARedRed Blend12/30/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/todays-fresh-sheet-reviews-of-new-and.html
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3208Maison Bleue Le Midi Grenache Boushey VineyardYakima Valley2011$45*****Light in color, it’s an aromatic dazzler with a complex array of pomegranate, plum, dried herbs, white pepper, huckleberry, and orange peel. The palate is deft in style with exquisite concentration and texture with a fruit-filled finish that lingers effortlessly. A classic wine that is among the finest examples of the variety I have had from the state. 100% Grenache. 50% whole cluster. Aged 13 months in four to five year old French oak. 14.5% alcohol. 320 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedGrenache12/29/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3207Maison Bleue Liberté Syrah Boushey VineyardYakima Valley2011$50*****This is a moderately aromatic, brooding wine with notes of dark plum, kirsch, pomegranate, ash, herbs, citrus peel, and peppery spices. The palate is silky and supple in feel while retaining density and richness of flavor. 100% Syrah. Approximately 25% whole cluster. Aged 13 months in 450L puncheons (20% new). 14.1% alcohol. 250 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedSyrah12/29/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3206DelmasSyrahWalla Walla Valley2012$65*****A new benchmark for this winery that shows more fruit than is often seen on Rocks wines. It brings complex notes of huckleberry, plum, smoke, chocolate, flowers, and orange peel. The palate is rich with exquisite, seamless blue fruit flavors with smoked meat accents showing a vibrant texture that leads to a hyperextended finish. A very pretty, very precise, and shamelessly appealing offering of Rocks fruit. 92.5% Syrah, 7.5% Viognier. Aged in French oak (50% new). 14% alcohol. 75 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedSyrah12/29/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3205Woodward CanyonOld Vines Cabernet SauvignonWashington State2011$99*****An aromatic wine with abundant notes of dark roasted coffee, toast, cherry, barrel notes, and bittersweet chocolate. The palate is rich and opulent, made in a hedonistic style, drinking like a candy bar with rich, concentrated coffee, cherry, and chocolate flavors. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and 5% Syrah. Champoux (46%), Sagemoor (40%), and Woodward Canyon Estate vineyards. 14.4% alcohol. 433 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedCabernet Sauvignon12/29/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3204Woodward CanyonEstate ReserveWalla Walla Valley2011$79**** 1/2A moderately aromatic wine with notes of mortared herbs, cherry, and milk chocolate. The palate is opulent in style, surprisingly rich considering the coolness of the vintage with sweet coffee and chocolate flavors with the oak playing a prominent part in the show. 95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard. 14.5% alcohol. 308 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedCabernet Franc12/29/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3203Woodward CanyonArtist Series #21 Cabernet SauvignonWashington State2012$59*** 1/2 A moderately aromatic wine with notes of toast, barrel spices, herbs, chocolate, and dark brewed coffee. The palate is rich and sumptuous, made in a hedonistic style supported by chalky tannins. Needs time to come into its own. Best after 2016. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, and 4% Syrah. Woodward Canyon Estate, Champoux, Spring Creek, Mirage, Discovery, Sagemoor, Andrews, Summit View, and Les Collines vineyards. 14.6% alcohol. 4,019 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedCabernet Sauvignon12/29/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3202Woodward CanyonMerlotColumbia Valley2011$52*****A moderately aromatic wine with toasty barrel spices, herbs, mocha, cherry liqueur, and red fruit. The palate is full bodied with concentrated, seamless red fruit flavors, well balanced tannins and a long, lingering finish. A classically Washington bottle of Merlot with all of the deliciousness that comes with it. 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Weinbau (96%) and Woodward Canyon Estate vineyards. Aged 19 months in French oak. 14.3% alcohol. 476 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedMerlot12/29/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3201Woodward CanyonEstate Grown Sauvignon BlancWalla Walla Valley2013$26***A blend of four different clones from the winery’s estate vineyard, this warm vintage wine shows abundant notes of pear along with pineapple, toast, and mint. The palate is full bodied with a creamy, rich feel. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. 14.1% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.WAWhiteSauvignon Blanc12/29/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3200AbejaCabernet SauvignonColumbia Valley2011$45****This is a moderately aromatic, appealing wine with notes of fresh brewed coffee, buttery barrel spices, vanilla, fresh herbs, cocoa, and cherry. The palate is medium bodied with abundant coffee notes, silky smooth cherry and herb flavors, and a vanilla filled finish. A pretty wine with the oak playing a significant part in the show. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. Heather Hill, Bacchus, Dionysus, Weinbau, and Kiona Heart of the Hill vineyards. Aged 22 months in French oak (60% new). 14.5% alcohol. 1,740 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedCabernet Sauvignon12/29/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3199AbejaEstate Grown SyrahWalla Walla Valley2012$40**** 1/2This is an aromatically appealing wine with floral notes along with an assortment of berries, char, coffee, and smoked meat. The palate is medium-plus bodied with palate coating fruit and savory flavors and bitters on the finish. Still has some edges sticking out. Give an additional six to twelve months. 97% Syrah, 3% Viognier. Mill Creek Vineyard. Aged 14.5 months in French oak (35% new). 14.7% alcohol. 182 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedSyrah12/29/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3198AbejaEstate Grown ViognierWalla Walla Valley2013$30***This is a richly aromatic wine with notes of peach, sliced pear, and fresh flowers. The palate is medium-plus bodied, lightly creamy in feel with a warm finish. 100% Viognier. Mill Creek Vineyard. Aged 4.5 months in neutral French oak. 14.5% alcohol. 148 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WAWhiteViognier12/29/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3197Cayuse VineyardsImpulsivo Tempranillo En Chamberlain VineyardWalla Walla Valley2010$85*****This wine pops aromatically with notes of tropical fruit, exotic spices, citrus, and red fruit. It’s intensely rich and flavorful displaying more tannic heft than in a number of previous vintages. 100% Tempranillo. 165 cases produced.WARedTempranillo12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3196Cayuse VineyardsSyrah Armada VineyardWalla Walla Valley2010$90*****A distinctive wine with notes of dried herbs, crushed stone, smoke, blood, iron, meat, and tapenade along with a floral accent. It’s silky soft in feel showing great depth, intensity, and persistence with an extended finish that goes on as long as you care to count. 100% Syrah. 488 cases produced.WARedSyrah12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3195Cayuse VineyardsBionic Frog SyrahWalla Walla Valley2010$95*****This is a brooding wine that displays outrageous minerality, smoke, dried herbs, olive, peat, earth, and smoked meat. It shows a dazzling display of richness, depth and intensity of flavors and an almost tangible sense of energy. 100% Syrah. 14.8% alcohol. 360 cases produced.WARedSyrah12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3194Cayuse VineyardsSyrah En Chamberlain VineyardWalla Walla Valley2010$80***** This is an aromatically vibrant, wildly expressive wine with notes of smoke, ash, embers, olive, mineral, mushroom, and umami. It explodes with mineral and savory notes that lead to a near endless finish. A very special wine at the absolute upper reaches of quality. May have the longest life ahead of it of any of the 2010s. 100% Syrah. 14.7% alcohol. 316 cases produced.WARedSyrah12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3193Cayuse VineyardsSyrah En Cerise VineyardWalla Walla Valley2010$80*****Pops aromatically with complex notes of charcuterie, burnt embers, mineral, tar, crushed rock, smoke, and a kiss of citrus. It’s layered and intense with great depth of flavors – a hedonist’s delight on the upper reaches of the quality scale. 100% Syrah. 14.8% alcohol. 305 cases produced.WARedSyrah12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3192Cayuse VineyardsSyrah Cailloux VineyardWalla Walla Valley2010$80*****An aromatically distinctive wine with abundant notes of black pepper, mineral, olive, dried herbs, and crushed stone. The palate is outrageously flavorful with shimmering intensity, grabbing hold of you and simply refusing to let go. 100% Syrah. 14.8% alcohol. 730 cases produced.WARedSyrah12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3191Cayuse VineyardsThe Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon En Chamberlain VineyardWalla Walla Valley2010$90*****An aromatically brooding wine with notes of high toned mortared herbs, cherry, blackberry, olive, and mineral. The palate shows a lot of elegance with a supple feel with dried flower flavors, soft, sultry tannins, and exquisite length. A classic example of Rocks Cabernet Sauvignon. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. 244 cases produced.WARedCabernet Sauvignon12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3190Cayuse VineyardsThe Lovers Walla Walla Valley2010$90**** 1/2An aromatically locked up wine with notes of blackberry, rhubarb, and peppery spices. The palate shows more fruit than is often seen on the winery’s offerings backed by fine grained tannins. Stick it in the cellar or give it a long decant. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Syrah. 14.3% alcohol. 176 cases produced.WARedRed Blend12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3189Cayuse VineyardsCamaspeloWalla Walla Valley2010$80**** 1/2Dark in color with notes of elderberry, high toned herbs, blackberry, smoke, and peppery spice. The palate has chewy tannins with persistent, focused fruit and savory flavors that linger on the finish. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. 14.6% alcohol. 329 cases produced.WARedBordeaux-style Blend12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3188Cayuse VineyardsFlying Pig Red WineWalla Walla Valley2010$85*****This wine brings pungent floral notes, high toned herbs, and dusty earth. The palate shows a surprisingly amount of fruit flavors for a Rocks wine with good depth and concentration and exceptional length. 50% Cabernet Franc, 37% Merlot, and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. 14.6% alcohol. 187 cases produced.WARedBordeaux-style Blend12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3187Cayuse VineyardsGod Only Knows Grenache Armada VineyardWalla Walla Valley2010$90***** A perfumed wine full of floral notes, peat, crushed strawberries, olive brine, and smoked meat. The palate is packed to the brim with textured savory flavors, showing both an ethereal lightness as well as intensity. 100% Grenache. 14.4% alcohol. 491 cases produced.WARedGrenache12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3186No GirlsSyrah La Paciencia VineyardWalla Walla Valley2010$65*****This is initially an aromatically brooding wine with notes of smoked meat, mineral, peppery spices, and flowers. The palate has great richness, depth and texture along with extraordinary length. Give additional time in the cellar or a long decant. 100% Syrah. 14.8% alcohol. 199 cases produced.WARedSyrah12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3185No GirlsGrenache La Paciencia VineyardWalla Walla Valley2010$65*****A perfumed wine with opulent aromas of floral notes, peat, mineral, crushed rock, and olive brine. It’s full of savory flavors simultaneously showing intensity, delicacy, and restraint. 100% Grenache. 14.4% alcohol. 236 cases produced.WARedGrenache12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3184Cayuse VineyardsEdith Grenache Rose Walla Walla Valley2011$45****Very pale in color, almost looking like a white wine. It brings abundant aromas of mineral and oyster shell. The palate is supple and restrained, showing abundant minerality with the enjoyment as much about feel as flavor. 100% Grenache. 12.5% alcohol. 136 cases produced.WARoseGrenache12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3183Cayuse VineyardsViognier Cailloux VineyardWalla Walla Valley2011$70**** 1/2A perfumed wine with abundant notes of peach and mineral. The palate is sultry and mineral laden with a light, textured feel. 100% Viognier. 59 cases produced.WAWhiteViognier12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3182Cayuse VineyardsImpulsivo Tempranillo Walla Walla Valley2008NA*****This is an aromatically brooding wine with notes of coffee, exotic spices, and papaya. The palate is seamless with fruit, mineral, and savory flavors with great length and beautifully integrated tannins. Still quite youthful. Hold.WARedTempranillo12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3181Cayuse VineyardsBionic Frog SyrahWalla Walla Valley2007NA*****A vibrant, intensely aromatic wine with notes of smoke, bacon fat, raw meat, ash, orange peel, and fire pit. It displays an outrageous inner mouth perfume with great depth and texture with fruit and savory flavors that persist on the long, mineral filled finish. Pushes high into the top levels of quality. While almost completely irresistible now, this wine is still nowhere near its peak. Hold. 14.9% alcohol.WARedSyrah12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3180Cayuse VineyardsGod Only Knows Grenache Armada VineyardWalla Walla Valley2006NA*****The second vintage of this wine, it leaps out of the glass with complex, expressive notes of flowers, black olive, peat, smoke, mineral, earthy funk, and sea breeze. It’s chock full of persistent, palate-shaking savory flavors that lead to a hyper-extended finish. A shockingly good wine. Drink or hold. 15.2% alcoholWARedSyrah12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3179Cayuse VineyardsWallah Wallah Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Special #1Walla Walla Valley2005NA*****A perfumed wine in full bloom with notes of flowers, tar, burnt embers, peat, smoked meat, truffle, sea salt, olive, and umami, showing great complexity with a seemingly endless list of aromatic descriptors. It displays incredible texture but also shows lightness, intensity, depth, and length. A heart stopper that hits every single high note. 100% Syrah. 144 magnums produced. Bottle number 89/144.WARedSyrah12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3178Cayuse VineyardsCamaspeloWalla Walla Valley2002NA*****This is an expressive wine with notes of tapenade, cherry, mineral, and spice showing a pleasing mixture of secondary and tertiary notes. The palate is a beautiful mixture of fruit and savory flavors with a supple, soft feel. Still seeming quite youthful. Drink or hold. 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. 14.2% alcohol.WARedBordeaux-style Blend12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3177Cayuse VineyardsSyrah Cailloux VineyardWalla Walla Valley2000NA**** 1/2A full fifteen years old, this wine – which comes from fourth leaf fruit – appropriately shows some age with tertiary notes of leather and spice along with raw meat and a salty brine. The palate is supple in feel, with fruit and mineral flavors playing beautifully off of each other. In a very pretty spot right now. Drink. 14.5% alcohol.WARedSyrah12/29/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/walla-walla-valley-report-2014.html
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3176Force MajeureCollaboration Series Syrah Force Majeure VineyardRed Mountain2011NA**** 1/2A unique wine – not quite like anything I’ve had from elsewhere in Washington – with notes of brown stems, crushed rock, mortared herbs, and brooding fruit. The palate is richly flavored while retaining a lot of elegance with a zip of acidity and a long, drawn out finish. A fascinating wine that should only reveal more charms with a bit of time in the cellar. 100% Syrah. 14.3% alcohol. 75 cases produced. Ross Mickel winemaker. Sample provided by winery. Sampled at 66 degrees.WARedSyrah12/23/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/the-evolution-of-force-majeure.html
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3175Force MajeureCollaboration Series Cabernet Sauvignon Force Majeure VineyardRed Mountain2011$75*****The winery’s second vineyard designated wine comes from fourth leaf fruit. It's a moderately aromatic wine with macerated dark cherries, golden raisins, and black licorice along with barrel spices and mineral notes. The palate is rich and layered with tightly wound fruit flavors, well integrated tannins and a lingering finish. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in French oak (100% new). 14.7% alcohol. 200 cases produced. Chris Gorman winemaker. Sample provided by winery. Sampled at 66 degrees.WARedCabernet Sauvignon12/23/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/the-evolution-of-force-majeure.html
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3174Force MajeureCollaboration Series VI Red Wine Ciel du Cheval VineyardRed Mountain2011$50**** 1/2This wine is aromatically perfumed with notes of peppery spices and herbs with an underlayer of red fruit. The palate is deliciously fresh and pure with a real sense of vibrancy. 56% Mourvèdre, 38% Syrah, 6% Grenache. Aged in concrete and 500L French oak puncheons. 14.8% alcohol. 280 cases produced. James Mantone winemaker. Sample provided by winery. Sampled at 66 degrees.WARedRed Blend12/23/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/the-evolution-of-force-majeure.html
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3173Force MajeureCollaboration Series V Red Wine Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain2011$80*** 1/2This is a moderately aromatic wine with notes of meat, slightly dried dark fruit and cranberry. The palate is compact in feel with abundant dark cherry flavors. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged 20 months in French oak (100% new). 15.3% alcohol. 120 cases produced. Chris Gorman winemaker.WARedCabernet Sauvignon12/23/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/the-evolution-of-force-majeure.html
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3172Force MajeureCollaboration Series IV Red Wine Ciel du Cheval VineyardRed Mountain2010NA**** 1/2This is an aromatically reserved wine with notes of dried cranberries, cherries, and medicine cabinet. The palate is rich, concentrated and flavorful with a lingering finish. 75% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged in French and American oak (50% new). Carolyn Lakewold winemaker.WARedBordeaux-style Blend12/23/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/the-evolution-of-force-majeure.html
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3171Force MajeureCollaboration Series III Red Wine Ciel du Cheval VineyardRed Mountain2011$60**** 1/2This wine is dark in color with notes of mocha, French oak spices, char, and coffee with the barrel notes initially taking the lead in front of brooding dark fruit. The palate is rich, textured and voluptuous with coffee flavors throughout. 100% Syrah. Aged in French oak (33% new). 14.7% alcohol. 220 cases produced. Mike Macmorran winemaker.WARedSyrah12/23/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/the-evolution-of-force-majeure.html
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3170Force MajeureCollaboration Series II Red Wine Ciel du Cheval VineyardRed Mountain2011$58**** 1/2Dark in color. This wine is locked up at present with notes of mocha powder, toast, spice, crushed flowers, berry, and pencil lead. It’s textured, polished, and palate coating in feel with a lingering finish. 96% Syrah, 2% Viognier, 2% Roussanne. Aged in French oak (33% new). 14.3% alcohol. 180 cases produced. Ross Mickel winemaker.WARedSyrah12/23/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/the-evolution-of-force-majeure.html
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3169Force MajeureCollaboration Series I Red Wine Ciel du Cheval VineyardRed Mountain2011$60*****This is a moderately aromatic wine with high toned herbal notes, flowers, moist soil, black currant, and licorice. The palate is exquisitely textured showing great depth and intensity but still a fine sense of restraint. A knockout of a wine with a long life ahead of it. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot, 12% Merlot. Aged in French oak (70% new). 14.2% alcohol. 200 cases produced. Ben Smith winemaker.WARedBordeaux-style Blend12/23/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/the-evolution-of-force-majeure.html
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3168Force MajeureCollaboration Series ViognierRed Mountain2012$35*** 1/2This is an aromatically appealing wine with notes of stone fruit, mineral, crushed granite, and flowers. It’s full bodied but far from over the top with abundant stone fruit flavors and a warm finish. 100% Viognier. Force Majeure (70%) and Ciel du Cheval vineyards. Aged in concrete (75%) and neutral French oak. 14.3% alcohol. 145 cases produced. Mike Macmorran winemaker.WAWhiteViognier12/23/2014PublicNAhttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/the-evolution-of-force-majeure.html
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3167Two VinesGewurztraminerWashington State2013$6**An aromatic wine with notes of rose petal, pear, and grapefruit. It tingles the palate with lightly spritzy, medium sweet tangerine flavors. 100% Gewurztraminer. 11.5% alcohol. 20,000 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WAWhiteGewurztraminer12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3166Three Rivers WineryRieslingColumbia Valley2013$15**Lightly aromatic with notes of Bosc pear and stone fruit. The palate is off dry with stone fruit flavors. 12.0% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.WAWhiteRiesling12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3165SnoqualmieWhistle Stop Red BlendColumbia Valley2012$10**A moderately aromatic wine with notes of mocha, cherry, and vanillin. The palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied with gritty tannins. 13.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.WARedRed Blend12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3164SnoqualmieChardonnayColumbia Valley2012$13** Lightly aromatic with notes of apple and ale. The palate is dry with apple flavors. On the low end of this section of the scale. 13.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.WAWhiteChardonnay12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3163Pacific RimGewurztraminer Twin VineyardsYakima Valley2013$15** A brightly aromatic wine with notes of rose petal, lychee, lavender, and mandarin orange peel. The palate is medium bodied, on the sweeter side of off dry with a lightly oily feel. 12.9% alcohol. 3,000 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WAWhiteGewurztraminer12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3162ErathPinot BlancOregon2013$14**Lightly aromatic with herbs and citrus. The palate is medium bodied with banana flavors, finishing a bit short. 13.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.ORWhitePinot Blanc12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3161Two Vines Sauvignon BlancWashington State2013$6** 1/2 A moderately aromatic wine with tropical notes of papaya and pineapple along with herbs. The palate is dry and medium bodied but doesn’t quite have the concentration or acidity to stand it up. 89% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Semillon. 13.5% alcohol. 19,500 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WAWhiteSauvignon Blanc12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3160Two Vines ChardonnayWashington State2012$6** 1/2Lightly aromatic with notes of peach and apple. The palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a creamy feel. 86% Chardonnay, 14% Pinot Gris. 13.5% alcohol. 205,000 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. RecommendedWAWhiteChardonnay12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3159SnoqualmieMerlotColumbia Valley2012$10** 1/2A moderately aromatic wine with notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, and red fruit. The palate is medium bodied with tart, sharp edged acids and chewy tannins. 97% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot. Aged 11 months in American oak (12% new) and French oak staves (25% new). 13.5% alcohol. 9,000 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedMerlot12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3158SnoqualmieGewurztraminerColumbia Valley2013$13** 1/2An aromatic wine with notes of rose petal and lychee. The palate is off dry and perfumed with a rounded feel. 100% Gewurztraminer. 2.10 Residual Sugar. 12.0% alcohol. 2,200 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WAWhiteGewurztraminer12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3157SnoqualmieCabernet SauvignonColumbia Valley2012$13** 1/2A moderately aromatic wine with high toned notes of vanilla along with dried cherry, cough syrup, and pencil shavings. The palate is medium bodied with slightly astringent tannins, tart acids, and abundant fruit leather flavors. Aged 16 months in American oak (12% new). 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot. 14.0% alcohol. 4,000 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedCabernet Sauvignon12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3156Pacifc RimGruner Veltliner Spring Creek Vineyard Yakima Valley2013$15** 1/2A moderately aromatic wine with notes of pear and overripe red apple. The palate drinks quite dry with abundant pepper flavors, finishing slightly bitter. 12.9% alcohol. 300 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WAWhitieGruner Veltliner12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3155Three Rivers WinerySteel ChardonnayColumbia Valley2013$14***A moderately aromatic wine with abundant notes of apple, melon, and pear. The palate is medium bodied with a slightly viscous feel. A very enjoyable representation of the style at a great price. 100% Chardonnay. Weinbau, Bacchus, and Sagemoor vineyards. Aged 4 months in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation. 13.50% alcohol. 4,626 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. RecommendedWAWhiteChardonnay12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3154Pacific RimChenin Blanc Hahn Hill VineyardYakima Valley2013$15***An aromatic offering of this variety that hails from the oldest Chenin Blanc plantings in the state (1968). It has notes of flowers, peach, overripe cantaloupe, and a tinny note. The palate drinks off dry with abundant pink grapefruit and pith flavors that linger on the finish. 12.9% alcohol. 2,500 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WAWhiteChenin Blanc12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3153MichelleExtra DryColumbia ValleyNV$14***A moderately aromatic wine with abundant tropical notes and spice along with citrus rind. The palate is sweet with a frothy feel. 63% Chardonnay, 19% Pinot Noir, and 18% Pinot Gris. 11.0% alcohol. 25,000 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WASparklingWhite Blend12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3152MichelleBrut RoseColumbia ValleyNV$14***A moderately aromatic wine with raspberry and yeast notes. The palate drinks off dry, looking for a bit more acid to clean up the finish. 93% Pinot Noir, 7% Pinot Meunier. 11.5% alcohol. 15,000 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WASparklingPinot Noir12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3151MichelleBrutColumbia ValleyNV$14***An aromatic sparkler marked by the underside of a pineapple and other tropical notes along with yeast accents. The palate drinks off dry, finishing sweeter. 63% Chardonnay, 19% Pinot Noir, and 18% Pinot Gris. 11.5% alcohol. 175,000 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WASparklingWhite Blend12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3150ErathPinot GrisOregon2013$14***This is a moderately aromatic wine with notes of wet seashells, citrus, and whiffs of tropical fruit. The palate is medium-plus bodied with tart, racy acidity. Pair it with seafood. Stainless steel fermented with no malolactic fermentation. 13.0% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. RecommendedORWhitePinot Gris12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3149EufloriaAromatic BlendWashington State2013$14***Correctly labeled, this is an aromatic wine with notes of spice, peach, and honeysuckle. It drinks off dry with pleasing stone fruit and spice flavors leading to a crisp finish. 12% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. RecommendedWAWhiteWhite Blend12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3148Buried CaneCaberner SauvignonColumbia Valley2012$14***An aromatic offering of Cabernet with notes of black currant, dark plum, dried tobacco, a whiff of vanilla, and herbs. On the palate – as in the aromas – there’s surprisingly little new oak influence given the percentage listed. It’s all very pretty, very varietal Cabernet Sauvignon flavors with just a bit of heft to the tannins and seemingly just a trace of residual sugar lifting the back end. Aged 10 months in French (70%) and American oak (60% new). 13.9% alcohol. 4,769 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedCabernet Sauvignon12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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314714 HandsMerlotColumbia Valley2012$12***Moderately aromatic with notes of toast, dark coffee, and dark raspberries. The palate is medium bodied with sweet coffee flavors and soft tannins. 92% Merlot, 8% other varieties. 13.5% alcohol. 290,000 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedMerlot12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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314614 HandsHot to Trot White BlendWashington State2012$10***Moderately aromatic with notes of peach, apple, and pear. The palate drinks a hair off dry with abundant pear flavors. Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Semillon. 13.0% alcohol. 140,000 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. RecommendedWAWhiteWhite Blend12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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314514 HandsHot to TrotColumbia Valley2012$10***Moderately aromatic with notes of char, coffee, vanilla, and dark cherry. The palate drinks a hair off dry with abundant cherry and coffee flavors. Predominantly Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. 13.5% alcohol. 564,500 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. RecommendedWARedRed Blend12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3144Pacific RimDry Riesling Selenium VineyardYakima Valley2013$15*** 1/2A single vineyard Riesling made from the Riesling Geisenheim clone 239, it’s a medium-plus aromatic wine with abundant notes of tangerine, herbs, and jasmine. As labeled, the palate is dry with a broad feel and tart racy acidity, finishing with citrus rind flavors. Drinks best at a cool 45 degrees. 12.9% alcohol. 5,500 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WAWhiteRiesling12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3143Columbia CrestGrand Estates Red BlendColumbia Valley2011$15*** 1/2Lightly aromatic with high toned notes of spice, chocolate, and dark fruit. The palate has rich dark fruit flavors and abundant coffeee and chocolate flavors. 61% Merlot, 27% Syrah, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% other. 13.5% alcohol. 7,500 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedRed Blend12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3142A to ZChardonnayOregon2012$14*** 1/2This is a lightly aromatic wine with notes of grapefruit and mineral sitting in front of light tropical notes. The palate is medium bodied, fruit filled with citrus and banana notes with crisp, tart acidity. Sample provided by winery.ORWhiteChardonnay12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3141Columbia CrestGrand Estates Cabernet SauvignonColumbia Valley2012$12****This is a moderately aromatic wine with notes of chocolate, cherry, berry, and mocha. The palate is medium bodied and richly flavored with fruit and coffee notes. 98% Cabernet, 2% Merlot. Aged 16 months in new oak (33% new). 13.5% alcohol. 234,500 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.WARedCabernet Sauvignon12/9/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-wines-under-15-final-chapter.html
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3140Full Pull & FriendsCabernet SauvignonColumbia Valley2007$34*****The 2007 vintage in Washington was one for the ages and what a glorious look back at it this bottle is. It’s redolent with cherry, cassis, coffee, mocha, and woodspice accented by herb and earth tones. The palate is power packed, incredibly rich, and dense – a multiple swallow wine if ever there were one – with a long, lingering, richly flavored finish, with extended time in barrel and bottle playing a prominent part in the show. This wine punches well above its weight class and is drinking beautifully now but still with a long life ahead of it. NB: Throwing some sediment. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. 14.9% alcohol. 168 cases produced.WARedCabernet Sauvignon12/8/2014PrivateSamplehttp://www.wawinereport.com/2014/12/five-years-of-full-pull.html
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