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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...

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...

  • 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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  • Cadence Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 2006

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    Wine review by wheredawine


  • Cadence Tapteil Vineyard Red Mountain 2006

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    Wine review by wheredawine


  • Cadence Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Coda 2006

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    Wine review by wheredawine


  • I met with my first Tuesday of the month tasting group yesterday to blind taste a particularly compelling array of mostly 1994, with a smattering of 1995. Napa Cabs. Arguable one of the best vintages of the decade, with the only real competition coming from 1991, a vintage I in fact prefer to 1994, this was going to be interesting.By 1994 the cu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mid-ninties Napa Cabernets...


  • After much anticipation Snooths OTBN was apon us! We were meeting in the wonderfully elegant Deco Room at North Square Restaurant here in New York City to celebrate, well, celebrating! That is, of course, the point of OTBN. Begun a decade ago precisely in order to give people the reason to celebrate and open that special bottle that had always s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Open That Bottle Night 2009...


  • Gorman Winery the Big Sissy 2006

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    delicious full bodied 90% syrah 10% cabernet. fruit bomb with a long spicy finish Read More

    Wine review by andrewandfriends


  • Gorman Winery Syrah Red Mountain the Pixie 2006

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    OK, this is a wine I am hesitant to write about. Gorman Winery is a small ... ... ... Washington Syrah from Red Mountain. Dark red, but bright. Red fruit, velvety mouth-feel, pepper spice, maybe licorice. About $52 where I bought it. Tasted February 13, 200 Read More

    Wine review by jschmeling


  • Cadence Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Tapteil 2005

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    The Cadence is a great Washington wine Bordeaux varietal blend, 36% Cabernet ... Petit Verdot. It's from the Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval vineyard. It was a deep, dark, garnet red. It's nose was red fruit primarily, and the flavors were well integrated. It's interesting because there are many notes there, but they are so well integrated it was ... Read More

    Wine review by jschmeling


  • Last night was an excellent event, thanks to everyone that was involved and attended. This thread is to create a consolidated list of the wines that were poured. I'll fill in what I recorded, and hope others will jump in and flesh it out:WILSON DANIELS WINES:- Schramsberg Cremant (Vintage?) - URL to come- 2005 Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Kritt Pin... Read More

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  • Hogue Cellars Pinot Grigio Columbia Valley 2008

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    Very fresh wine just harvested and bottled. Stone fruit and melon with good acidity. Drink now. I really liked this wine. Very approachable. Read More

    Wine review by chefvangarde


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