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

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  • Cadence Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 2005

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    After a double decant and an hour opened in bottle, the 2005 Cadence Ciel du Cheval showed a mix of sour cranberry, black cherry with dark chocolate and slate dust. Upon first sip, my palate was assaulted by massive waves of rich raspberry fruit, which started out jammy but turned fresh as it left flavors of mint and clove behind. The finish was... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Efeste Syrah Red Mountain Ceidleigh 2007

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    This wine rocks .. really a top tier syrah.. You need to have a palate to enjoy it fully though Read More

    Wine review by omark


  • Efeste Syrah Red Mountain Ceidleigh 2007

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    Wine review by omark


  • Waterbrook Merlot Red Mountain 2009

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    Wine review by smcbride1422


  • Lachini Il Mulinello Red Blend Klipsun Vyd. Red Mt 2006

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    At six years old this wine is still quite young and closed off owing to some serious red mountain structure. After a day, the wine opened to show red currants, clove, pencil lead, and chocolate. High but fine tannins with decent acidity. Definitely one for the cellar. Read More

    Wine review by 842795Matt Walker 842795 Matt Walker


  • Seven Hills "Ciel du Cheval" Red Mountain 2008

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    This shows some faintly herbal notes on the nose and maybe even a touch of something vegetal accenting the light red fruits. Yes, there is something almost weedy here and even a little minty to boot, but at the same time there is a sweetness and freshness to the fruit. A little closed at first, this takes plenty of time to open. Though it never ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Hollywood Hill Vineyards Syrah Red Mountain 2009

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  • Delille Cellars Doyenne Metier Blanc White Usa Washington Red Mountain Viognier Roussanne 2010

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    love this. rose petals and orange blossoms toasty oak. nice balance and aromatic.Starting today my mission is to try more Viogniers. Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora


  • Cadence Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 2007

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    From one of the most famous vineyards in WA (and for good reason). The wine was tightly wound, still a bit young but showing beautifully already after some needed decanting. Blueberries and indian spcies in the nose as well as a bit of Franc funkiness (in a good way), the tannins are significant giving this wine great aging potential. For now... Read More

    Wine review by 842795Matt Walker 842795 Matt Walker


  • Cadence Tapteil Vineyard Red Mountain 2006

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    I'm a big fan of cadence, there stuff is usually reasonably priced on all their wines show power and grace. This wine is probably the best example of that, think iron fist in a velvet glove. Lots of black and blue fruits on the nose, the palette shows lots of dense layers of fruit, wood, and spice. Highly structured and kept fresh by decent a... Read More

    Wine review by 842795Matt Walker 842795 Matt Walker


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