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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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • 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...

  • 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...

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Red Mountain on Snooth

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • I'm sure you all have them, those prized bottles that you're saving for just the right occasion. I have a shelf in my wine fridge labeled "special". Of course, special times do come around but not often enough so I decided we'd start having top shelf Saturday. Maybe once a month or even once every other month. I'm not talking about opening the m... Read More

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  • Oh crap.  I'm really liking this one:And the now-converted-over-to-red-wine-drinking Mrs. EMark also really likes it.I was turned on to this wine by you-know-who and bought two bottles off their mailing list last fall.  At  $60/bottle it's not cheap for us pensioners.However, I was hooked on the first sip.  I like the slight hit of cassis on ent... Read More

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  • Greek wine tonight.  This 2013 Agiorgitiko Mountain Fish dry red wine is actually decent.  I was expecting it to not be as dry as it is, based on the alcohol content of 13.5%.  Hell if I know what we will pair this with tonight when my sweetie pie comes home from work to make dinner.  I'm hoping for pasta and some sausage I might grill.  We'll see. Read More

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