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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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Viognier

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

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 ...

  • 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...

  • Saintpaulia Vintners

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

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  • Delille Cellars Chaleur Estate 2006


    Tasted again 8/5/09 and liked it a bit more this time. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • I'm Chad Carns, author of The Gourmet Bachelor - Global Flavor, Local ... Tea, ... Tea, Molasses7R.T.W.Hedges, "Red Mountain Reserve," Columbia 19 Read More

    Forum post in the topic 1990 Hermitage, 1976 Cabernet...

  • To everyone that's been following these posts, this was the final leg of our journey. I really hope these posts were helpful and enjoyable. I know I had a great time reliving it all through my notes. And so unto the wineries...Trespass not a big fan of Cab Franc, or so I thought... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa Tasting Part 3 (Trespass...

  • In my last post, I wrote about the dilemma I am facing in naming my personal wine project.  I said that I am 99% sure of what that name would be.  And before I unveil it here and my reasons why, let it be said that this is no press release in the vein of Snooths Wine Pairing application.  Kudos to the team for another quality extension of the br... Read More

    Forum post in the topic An Ode to Wine Drinking History

  • Delille Cellars Chaleur Estate 2006


    For a sauv blanc and semillion blend, this was very dry and woody. Very toasty. Much like white Graves, but I found it to be slightly less appealing. Not bad, just not fantastic in my opinion. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • J. Bookwalter Protagonist Red Mountain Blend 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by ht4matthew

  • Kiona Lemberger Red Mountain 2005


    Kiona produced the first commercial varietal Lemberger in the US in 1980, and we are still doing it better than anyone else. Rich red wine aromas with nuances of Cabernet or Merlot are present, but with a spicy background thats not easy to identify at first tasting. Wonderful and well-defined aromas of blackberries and cloves emerge with more ex... Read More

    Wine review by 202089JJKiona 202089 JJKiona

  • Kiona Zinfandel Reserve Red Mountain 2006


    Zinfandel is not widely planted in Washington. Favorable location and diligent ... from grapes grown high on Red Mountain, Kiona's Zinfandel is rich, dark, spicy, and fun. Awards for Kiona's Estate Zinfandel, 2006SILVERFlorida State Fair SILVERGrand Harvest Awards, CASILVERNorthwest Wine Summit, Timberline, ORSILVERWest Coast Wine Competition,... Read More

    Wine review by 202089JJKiona 202089 JJKiona

  • Kiona Zinfandel Red Mountain the Big Kiona 2005


    Aptly named, Big Kiona is a late harvest port-style Zinfandel. The 2005 vintage won a gold medal at the Taster's Guild in Michigan. Naturally fermented to almost 17% alcohol. Read More

    Wine review by 202089JJKiona 202089 JJKiona

  • Efeste Syrah Red Mountain Ceidleigh 2006


    This wine is one of the best I've tasted in a very long time. Read More

    Wine review by PGriffy

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