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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...

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  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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Red Mountain on Snooth

  • Auclair 96 Cedars Red Blend 2011

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    Lovely red blend of merlot, cab sauv and Pettit Verdot. Dark berry flavors with a subtle spicy finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • J. Bookwalter Red Blend Red Mountain Protagonist 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Dave Mooty


  • With this wine I'm giving a shout out to:The various reports that we have been getting from the Spring Mountain District, lately.RBA's appreciation (I think) of labels that are painted on the bottle.The brief conversation we had recently on blends vs. varietal bottlings.I assume that it is not apprent.  So, I'll explain that this is a Bordeaux b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Today, while still in progress, is a busy one.  We started off at noon with a blind tasting at RdV Vineyards, the only Virginia winery we are members of.  I think this is the second or third blind tasting we've attended and they are quite exceptional.  The idea is that RdV puts a few of their wines against some other higher-end wines of similar ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • JD - Oregon Nebbiolo reminds me of Cana's Feast.  They are an Oregon ... ... from Ciel du Cheval on Red Mountain. And DM, I agree - the vineyard and grower also has a lot to do with the quality of the wine.  Ciel du Cheval is one of the top vineyards in Washingto Read More

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  • DM - I'm not sure about Nebbiolo in Walla Walla.  The region seems to ... ... I have had comes from Red Mountain vineyards.  Which is interesting, because when you look up "Hot Washington AVA" in the dictionary you find a picture of Red Mountain!  The quality Nebbiolo could have a lot to do with the wine maker.  Primary example is the Holmes ... Read More

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  • For a marketplace perspective, here's a recent offering from BPWine. FWIW, their prices tend to be quite competitive. Hopefully their tabular formatting translates to Snooth-speak... Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain -- 2008  (3)WA96+   $335.00  Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain -- 2009  (3)WA98   $375.00  Abreu Cabernet Sauvigno... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon


  • DM, let me start with your #2  Cult Napa Cabs.This thread got my curiosity going as to the most expensive Cali cabs - who they are and how much they cost. This is a wine-searcher article last updated this month showing the names and average bottle price over several vintages. Have to say that I have not had a taste of a single one of these wines... Read More

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  • Boy, today was just filled with activities.  First we stopped again at Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton VA to pick up a special order wine, then we headed over to Occoquan VA to enjoy lunch at The Bottle Stop, a wine bar that we've been to several times.  Following that it was back home for a few hours and then we went out to dinner and finall... Read More

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