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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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Viognier

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • 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...

  • Sparkman Cellars

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

  • Page Cellars

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

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Red Mountain on Snooth

  • My WTSO order arrived at UPS today (2013 Ross Andrew Winery Cabernet Sauvignon ... Cabernet Sauvignon from the Red Mountain AVA of Washington State.  I love the taste and at about $23 a bottle, I think it is an excellent deal (free shipping too).  Hopefully I can save one bottle for a longer evaluation period.  I do like i Read More

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  • Just saw this offer from Chambers Street. Have had earlier vintages of this label (both whites and reds, though more of the whites with raclette, etc.) when snowboarding in Chamonix and Val d'Isère, and it's (very) good stuff. Downed copious amounts of the whites during lunch and immediately après-ski--great thirst quenchers, while also being ve... Read More

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  • Well, WTSO talked me into this Red Mountain AVA Cabernet Sauvignon for about $23 a bottle.  I just ordered four bottles to get the free shipping.  I hope it's tasty, and doesn't get cooked in transit. Read More

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  • Had this regular and favorite yesterday: 2013 Soos Creek-Red Mountain. Wonderful nose, black-red fruit, good acidity, tannins present but not intrusive, medium body with a medium finish. A very tasty Washington wine and one of our currrent favorites from the region.   Read More

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  • EM - Yes, lots of older riders have their bikes shipped out to some place near ... Margaux, and a 2012 Hedges Red Mountain bottle.  The first one is a $100 wine, the last three are $30 wines.  We started with just tasting the four wines right out of the bottle.  The 2009 Repris was determined the best with that start.  Then we decanted the two... Read More

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  • Nice one RC.  I hope it lasts a month in your cellar....Our Duckhorn ... ... ... Canvasback (wines from Red Mountain AVA in Washington state) were picked up today.  I'm really looking forward to drinking them, but I shall wait a bi Read More

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  • Gorman Winery Cabernet-Syrah Blend Red Mountain the Evil Twin 2006

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    Delicious, full bodied and good finish. Read More

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  • Jack, we love the Washington red blends from the Columbia Valley.  We discovered the Red Mountain AVA on our March trip to Washington and Oregon; ended up joining Long Shadows winery in Walla Walla.Today I picked up our May allocation from Medlock Ames.  Some nice reds here, along with Chardonnay. Read More

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  • The Urban Winery scene in Seattle is booming.  The movement began with six ... red wines from Walla Walla, Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hills AVAs.  Bold, rich and enticing without being overwhelming.  Greg and Dave typically have up to 8 wines open for tasting the second Saturday of each month.Cloudlift  White and Red wines that are made to b... Read More

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  • P.S.  The Seattle Urban Wineries are all open on the 2nd Saturday of each ... - dark and lush reds from Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills and Walla Walla, Charles Smith - Multiple Syrahs from Walla Walla and his Chardonnay project named Sixto.Cheer Read More

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