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is arguably Washington’s most well-defined and distinctive viticultural area. In large part this is due to its geography. It is a moderately steep slope (not much of a mountain, really) facing southwest as it rises above a sharp bend in the Yakima River, at the eastern edge of the Yakima Valley. The AVA totals 4,040 acres, with just 700 under vine. It is home to two of Washington’s most prestigious vineyards — Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun — which provide grapes for dozens of the state’s most sought-after boutique wines. In addition, wineries such as Quilceda Creek, DeLille Cellars and Cadence have recently planted their own estate vineyards on the mountain.

Red Mountain is one of the hottest sites in the state, and ripens Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and a wide variety of Rhone grapes such as Syrah exceptionally well. The sandy loam soil is high in calcium and alkaline, which is reflected in the quality of the grapes that grow here. Until recently, growth was impossible due to a moratorium on well Read more »

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  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Red Mountain View all

  • 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...

  • Page Cellars

    The journey started in 2000 when Jim and Rothelle Page brought their vision into focus with the d...

  • Sparkman Cellars

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

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Red Mountain on Snooth

  • MJET - Here's a list of wines that are currently out there (out of ... ... "Tapteil Vineyard" Red Mountain Bordeaux Blend***2012 Cadence "Ciel du Cheval Vineyard" Red Mountain Bordeaux Blend***2012 Smith-Madrone Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon2012 Frog's Leap "Estate" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon***2012 Keenan Napa Valley Cabernet... Read More

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  • I've taken the liberty of posting a portion of Kermit Lynch's most recent newsletter. It's a piece Jim Harrison wrote for them nearly a decade ago on wine's significance in his life, and there are several specific examples of food and wine matching.Harrison died recently and I mourned him as another of the greats who have passed this decade. Lot... Read More

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  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to his roots and old school production methods for these small lot wines.    The EssentialsFor this first release, Once & Future wines will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We have no idea what the demand might be for these wines, but the volumes are small tha... Read More

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  • Hogue Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Genesis 2003

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • A tasty Zinfandel is always welcome in our house.  We recently enjoyed a 2012 Repris Zinfandel from their Moon Mountain Vineyard.Tonight was quite a pleasurable experience.  First we dined at a new (to us) restaurant in the district called Scion.  It was decent but nothing to write home about (good enough to write in the forum though); I tried a... Read More

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  • I'm in the Kiona and Skylite fan club too.  Both make excellent ... ... ... has a large vineyard on Red Mountain so most of their wine is made from estate grown grapes.  All their wines are great no matter where the grapes come fro Read More

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  • Two of my favorite Yakima wineries are Gilbert Cellars and Treveri ... you be able to visit Red Mountain?Here are a few Columbia Gorge wineries I would recommend:AnicheCorMaryhillMemalooseSyncliineLooking forward to hearing about your trip!  Read More

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  • Kiona Syrah Red Mountain Reserve NV

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    Wine review by pnordholm


  • I've ridden Mulholland Drive many times on several Honda motorcycles, the last of which was my Honda Nighthawk S (700 cc) from 1984.  That is a great mountain road near Malibu, CA.  Those were the days.But we've moved along, into modern times.  I ride a 2005 Harley Fatboy now and even a 2014 Harley touring bike.  I drink quality red and white wi... Read More

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  • This one caught my eye. Not pinot noir, but gamay a la Loire via Oregon and Ian Cauble. Color me interested... Leah Jorgensen Cellars, Tour Rain, Red Blend Oregon 2014 Just when the same old stand-by classics prompt us to yawn in boredom, an interesting wine of such purity, personality and historic roots comes along to throttle our se... Read More

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