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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Red Mountain View all

  • 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...

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

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

  • 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

  • Ian Cauble often has interesting wines at his Somm Select site. Today's offering really hit home for me, since I've had it several times locally, and have hiked, climbed, driven, dived, sailed and boated the coast he describes many times before. Fell in love with the area, including Furore (named after the 'furor' of the waves on the rocks), lon... Read More

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  • I've said it here many times before, RBA.  I love red wines from Spring Mountain DIstrict.  I'll bet that was a good one. Read More

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  • We've all bought a bottle of wine that turned out to be a bad procurement decision.  Perhaps you sampled one to many in a tasting room and everything was splendid at the time, or better yet - you were in a big hurry to get a bottle at the last minute for a dinner party and wanted to try something different.  Well, here's your chance to warn your... Read More

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  • A little stop at Seasons52 Thursday afternoon for the 'Flights & Flats' special where you get three tastings plus a glass of your favorite one along with a flat bread for around $20.  Here we see the waiter pouring me a glass of the Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon and then a little Key Lime Pie desert to go with it.After a company party during... Read More

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  • J. Bookwalter Red Blend Red Mountain Protagonist 2011

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    enjoyed at tasting room in Woodinville. big and bold. syrah and Bordeaux characters are distinct. Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora


  • Arborbrook Vineyards Klipsun Vineyards M.L.H. Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by anchca


  • Snowman, welcome to Snooth.  We look forward to hearing about your wine adventures.As you might expect, the question you have asked does not have a simple answer.  Let me just ramble (sounds better than pontificate) here a bit.Wines are different.  That alone eliminates the opportunity for a simple one-size-fits-all answer.  As friend DVogler st... Read More

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  • While you guys were being quite funny and creating interesting postings, I was enjoying a 2006 Medlock Ames (Alexander Valley) Bell Mountain red wine with my Marie Calendar's Beef Pot Pie.  Now there is a most excellent pairing.  This wine had lots of fruit and smooth tannins.  I only drank half the bottle however.   Read More

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  • Mark Ryan Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Long Haul 2010

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    Wine review by anchca


  • Just got home after having dinner following the tasting. Met up with Mr and Mrs eMark who were in town for the NASCAR race at Sears Point over the weekend. Foxall was a gametime scratch due to a nagging injury so my better half stepped in in his place. Mrs eMark was happy to have another woman to chat with. My overall take was it was OK. There w... Read More

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