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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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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  • Titus, we get these "Can anybody give me any info on this wine that I found. . . ."  Cutting to the chase, I'm not sure I can be helpful.Can you tell if "Martin Ray's" is printed on the label of that one bottle, or do you think it was signed by Martin Ray?If it is an actual signature, I'd have to believe that there are collectors--wine buffs, bo... Read More

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  • Red Mountain is an AVA and it is AWESEOME!  Horse Heaven Hills has some very similar characteristics to Red Mountain.  Red Mtn has more minerality and earthiness.  Both are pretty warm.  I believe that Red Mountain is one of the warmest AVAs in Washington. Read More

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  • LUCHA -  bESIDES H3 I like the Red Mountain area - seems that their wines are more robust.  What are your thoughts on the AVA? Or is it not an AVA yet?It was a quiet night here the tundra.  Some pork with fixings and this:One more bottle left of this very under the radar wine. A friend of mine gave me a heads up on this when got back from France... Read More

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  • Man, definitely a lot of new bottles to try thanks to this list. I'm really curious about the Ancillary Cellars Pinot Noir that JONDERRY posted.For me, wine of t he year goes to this 2014 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee. A really well balanced blend with an accelerating finish. Another worth mentioning is this Juan Gil Jumilla red. I've loved just abo... Read More

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  • OK, here is one that was delivered a few weeks ago. Keenan has two Merlot bottlings--This one, "Carneros," with fruit primarily sourced from the Carneros and, then, filled out with some estate grown fruit from Spring Mountain. A "Napa Valley" bottling which is, more or less, complementary--i.e., fruit primarily source from the Spring Mountain es... Read More

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  • I bought this wine a couple years ago at the winery.  Later, that evening, Mrs. EMark and I had dinner at a very secret place with two very cool guys.  I gave them each a bottle of Lagrein that I'd also purchased that day at another winery.  They are probably wishing that I'd given them this. It's not exactly a secret that I like red wines from ... Read More

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  • RBA-Happy B-lated B-day to Sandra. Best wishes.We opened a 2012 medlock Ames Cabernet Sauvignon-Bell Mountain on Saturday. Decanted for 20 minutes. Should have been more like 90 minutes as the wine continued to get better. Red-blue fruit, a little minerality as the wine continued to open up, medium body and a medium finish. Tannins were firm but... Read More

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  • We picked up our fall allocation at the RdV Vineyards release party this afternoon.  You could not have ordered a more perfect weather; sunny with a high around 68 F, slight breeze.  The vineyard is about an hour from our house, out in Delaplane, Virginia.  They served all the wine you wanted to drink, along with a nice spread of food, for $65 e... Read More

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  • I'm in Phlly on business but one must allocate play time. Met up my buddy Matt Denny of Becklyn Cellars at a BYOB restaurant called Will. Great dinner fun wines good time hanging with a good friend. We started with one of Matt's wines a 2014 Becklyn Sauvignon Blanc. Crisp, refreshing, nice balance of fruit vs acidity. I think I still have one of... Read More

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  • OK, since several people made some kind comments, I'll add this to my previous post about the Keenan and that CF.First, yes, it is a very good wine.Several people here, know that I am a Keenan cheerleader.  I confess that I am a member of their club.  So, twice a year they send me a four-bottle package.  Keenan is, mostly, a red wine producer, b... Read More

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