Yakima Valley AVA Wine

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Yakima Valley, within the Columbia Valley district, became Washington State’s first official AVA in 1983. Wine-making in the valley can be traced back to the early days of the pioneers in the 1860s, but its commercial success didn’t hit until much later. In the 1930s, oenologist Dr. Walter Clore of Washington State University Research Center, established experimental vineyards in the valley. In the 1960s, Charles Nagel is credited with starting the Washington Wine Project focusing on Yakima Valley grapes that were grown by Clore. By the early 1980s, Covey Run and Hogue Cellars had achieved commercial success just before the AVA was designated. Today, Yakima Valley has the most concentrated vine plantings in the state, making up a large percentage of its wine production and grape-sourcing.
The cool-climate region is largely protected by a rain shadow formed by the Cascade Mountains. The Yakima river and its tributaries and canals provide the needed irrigation for the wineries Read more »

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  • Grenache

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Sparkman Cellars

    Sparkman Cellars is a family intent on creating a rich, soulful life around Washington's remarka...

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

    Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard is located on internationally recognized Red Mountain in ...

  • Saintpaulia Vintners

    Saintpaulia Vintners was built in 1993 on land adjacent to an 80,000 square foot commercial green...

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  • Soos Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 2003


    A vast array of aromas develops with aeration, starting with beef jerky, iron, rosemary and black pepper and continuing on with grilled wild game and burning Cuban cigar. Smartly structured with a light tannic grip and refreshing acidity, this wine has a way to go. Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW

  • Andrew Will Red Bordeaux Blend Washington Sorella 2007


    This highly perfumed, deeply fruited Bordeaux blend possesses the seamless fruit-structure integration that I have come to expect from Washington. The tannins are silky and the acidity bright, keeping the expansive breadth on the palate and significant extraction in check. Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW

  • Laurelhurst Cellars Red Blend Columbia Valley Azorica 2008


    50% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Boushey Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA.50% Syrah from the Ranch at the end of the Road & Songbird Vineyards on Red Mountain (AVA).On first opening the nose shows licorice, dark currants cherry and creamy earthy all spice notes. The palate is bold with black cherry and all spices with a cedar & menthol spice t... Read More

    Wine review by luchavino

  • Mark Ryan Sémillon Red Mountain Fancy Pants Late Harvest 2008


    Just the right amount of sweetness. Light and fresh with great acidity to keep it from being cloying. Very pleasant. Honeysuckle, jasmine and lavender honey. Delicious!96 pts.8/12/11 at Tasting Room Read More

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  • Mark Ryan Syrah Blend Red Mountain Wild Eyed 2009


    Tight nose. Pretty floral, violets, red and blue fruit. Good mineral tones. Nice wine! Smooth.93 pts.8/12/11 at tasting room Read More

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  • Mark Ryan Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Water Witch Klipsun Vineyard 2008


    Rich and opulent nose with eucalyptus and cherry, red and black currant and black plum. Some acid astringency on the palate. Straw and dominated by red fruit. Nice.90 pts.8/12/11 at Tasting Room Read More

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  • Mark Ryan Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Long Haul 2008


    Nice red fruit and fresh straw on the nose. Slight floral aromas. Delicate red berry fruit on the palate with flowers and straw. Nice and smooth. Very tasty!93 pts.8/12/11 at Tasting Room Read More

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  • Mark Ryan Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Dead Horse 2008


    Nose of lush minty red berry fruit. It's bold and lush and the aromas are velvety. Lush and smooth on the palate with supple fruit over polished, mellow tannins. Some nice floral notes. Good structure. Nice wine!94 pts.8/12/11 at Tasting Room Read More

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  • Delille Cellars Chaleur Estate 2008


    Nose of black cherry, plum, graphite, vanilla and fresh sage, with white pepper. Flavors follow along with thyme and bittersweet chocolate and espresso powder. Understated acid and more fruit driven style. Good structure though and nicely layered. Elegant wine.95 pts.8/12/11 at Tasting Room Read More

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  • Terra Blanca Signature Series Block 8 Syrah United States-Washington State-Yakima Valley-Red Mountain 2007


    A powerhouse dominated by cherries and cranberries, toasty oak bringing up the rear. A fine example of Red Mountains character. What a year for Syrah in this growing region! Impressively, this wine was double Gold Medal winner at the Seattle Wine Awards and I can see why!Wineshout.com Read More

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