Alexandria Nicole Cellars Mackay Duck Press Red

If you like a full-bodied red wine with steak, the 2007 Mackay Duck Press Red by Alexandria Nicole Cellars is for you. This rich, robust red was barrel-aged for 22 months and just released in September. There’s no need to cellar it – it is oh-so drinkable right now. The 2007 Duck Press Red was blended by ANC winemaker and co-owner Jarrod Boyle and the wine afficionados at Mackay Restaurants to pour at El Gaucho and Waterfront Seafood… Continue reading

A Taste of Red

…available at the winery. One of this year’s highlights was a barrel-tasting of the amazing 2006 Milestone Red, Columbia Valley. We absolutely loved this wine and were disappointed that it won’t be bottled and available for purchase for another year! We also tasted 2003 Cabernet Franc, 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2001 Milestone Merlot, 2005 Sangiovese and 2002 Syrah, all from Red Willow Vineyard, which we had an opportunity to visit a few… Continue reading

Another Successful Taste Washington

…d, Columbia Valley Betz Family Winery 2011 Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Buty Winery 2011 Rediviva of the Stones Red Blend, Walla Walla Valley Cooper Wine Company 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain Fall Line Winery 2011 Red Willow Red Blend, Yakima Valley Fidelitas 2010 Ciel du Cheval Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain FIGGINS 2010 Estate Red Bordeaux Blend, Walla Walla Valley Force Majeure Vineyards 2010 Cabernet… Continue reading

Col Solare – Red Mountain at its Finest

Our visit to Col Solare was a highlight of our autumn trip to Red Mountain — not only for the tasting of its excellent namesake blend, but also for the experience at the vineyard and tasting room. Because Col Solare is more than a wine – it’s the epitome of one of Washington’s best-known wine regions. Thanks to Wendi Warner and Gracie Doyle at Col Solare, we had a private tour of the state-of-the-art estate winery on the… Continue reading

Fidelitas Cabernet Heaven

…such as Charlie Hoppes and what do you get? A slice of Fidelitas heaven in a glass. Or two. On a recent trip to Red Mountain, we stopped at Fidelitas Wines, had a great chat (as always) with Charlie and tasted through his stellar line-up of red wines. As usual, we loved them all. But two in particular resonated with our palates. 2009 Fidelitas Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval Vineyard A beautiful rich red color with aromas of cherry… Continue reading

Que Syrah, Syrah

Columbia Winery just released its 2004 Syrah, Red Willow Vineyard, South Chapel Block. Big name, and  a potentially big Syrah. Red Willow is located in the northwestern corner of the Yakima Valley Appellation. There are no other vineyards within 20 miles; it is fairly warm; and located at a high elevation. Red Willow had an exceptional year, and the result is a structured Syrah accented with a touch of raspberries and hints of smoke, and a long… Continue reading

Two Washington Reds for a Special Occasion (or Because You Can)

We were fortuate to have two special occasions in the last two weeks, so we opened a special bottle of red wine to celebrate on each evening. Both were 2010 Cabernet Sauvignons from Red Mountain: Force Majeure Collaboration Series and Obelisco Estate Electrum. These are two stellar Washington wines that both have the WOW factor! Force Majeure 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Collaboration Series, Force Majeure Vineyard, Red Mountain This Red Mountain bea… Continue reading

Bramble Bump Red

Bramble Bump is a hill covered in berries in Woodinville, where JM Cellars is located. So it seems appropriate that the winery owners, John and Peggy Bigelow, named a red wine after this special place. 2006 Bramble Bump Red is a great red blend for everyday drinking. This recent release follows the successful 2005 vintage, named by Seattle Magazine in March as the “Best Bordeaux Blend Under $20.00.” (The 2006 Bramble Bump Red is $22…. Continue reading

Love Tempranillo? Head to Fall Line in Seattle Now!

…; Fall Line’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo are joined by four unique blends – Yakima Valley Boushey Vineyard Bordeaux-style blend (91 points), Red Mountain Artz Bordeaux-style blend (90 points), Yakima Valley Exhibition Red, and Yakima Valley Red Willow Bordeaux-style blend – to round out the 2009 lineup. You can taste Fall Line wines and join Tim at West Seattle Cellars on Dec. 3 or at his Georgetown winery for a holiday tastin… Continue reading

WWD: Hedges Three Vineyards 2004

…ork and had a wonderful Bordeaux. So when I came home for dinner, I was ready for an excellent Washington state red blend to have with dinner. (WWD=wine with dinner, if you’re new to this blog.) So we dug out a bottle of Three Vineyards, Red Mountain, 2004 from Hedges Family Estates. It was the last bottle from a half-case that we picked up during our trip to eastern Washington almost a year ago. Not surprisingly, it was even better with ag… Continue reading