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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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  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

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  • Saintpaulia Vintners

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

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

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

  • 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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  • Keenan's Zinfandel is made up of grapes grown primarily on Keenan's Spring Mountain District estate. The Estate Zinfandel imparts structure, ripe black fruit and complex earthy nu- ances. Zinfandel grown in Calistoga makes up the remainder of the blend and supplies spice and briary red fruit aromas. Read More

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  • Mark - Red Mountain District wines from Washington are the same way - good you brought that up. Read More

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  • I second rckr's comments.Merlot has been traditionally described as being "softer" than Cabernet Sauvignon.  Generalizations, however, are reliably unreliable.  For example, my experience with any red wine from Napa's Spring Mountain District is that they are all very tannic.  A blind tasting of a Merlot from Spring Mountain next to a Cabernet S... Read More

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  • Keenan Winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve, Merlot Napa Valley, Carneros Merlot, Mailbox Reserve Merlot, Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain, Syrah Napa Valley , Zinfandel Napa Valley, Mernet proprietary red blend, Chardonnay Napa Valley and Summer Blend (white blend).  On the estate, the winery grow... Read More

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  • We hosted another high-end wine dinner last night with our neighbors Rick & Debbie coming over.  They are the ones that got us started in this tasty wine thing, and they recommended Duckhorn and Barnett wineries in Napa Valley to us when we did our first wine trip to Napa several years ago.  We started at 6 PM with rain coming down (I was planni... Read More

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  • Al, I find most red wines, regardless of the maker, from Spring Mountain District to be noticeably tannic.  Maybe Keenan is the most obvious.  My research is limited to just a few bottles each year.Keenan has two Merlot bottlings--Carneros and Napa Valley.The Carneros bottling is closer to your expectation for Merlot--a softer wine with "sweeter... Read More

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  • From Antonio Galloni... He did rate it 91pts so he does see the value of letting it settle down over time.  Stonestreet 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon MonolithAlexander Valley, SonomaRed wine from United StatesDrinking window: 2018 - 2025The appropriately-named 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Monolith is a true powerhouse. Huge beams of tannin lurk in the back... Read More

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  • DM - I really enjoy wine pairing dinners and we've attended a few good ones.  Even on that cruise around the Baltic Sea we had a most excellent wine dinner.  Recent acquisitions from Sunday, 15 Oct 2017:  The 2015 release of Boxwood Winery reds and the 2014 release of the RdV 'Lost Mountain' red wine ($125 each and we got six). Read More

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  • RC - The white wine came first (basically the wines are shown in order of their ... up was the Duckhorn cab from Red Mountain - paired with the soup.  Following that was the Barolo with the cod, our main dish.  The Faust cab was paired with dessert, along with an ending shot of vodka.  Basically a bottle of wine each, consumed within five hours... Read More

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