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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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  • 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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Red Mountain on Snooth

  • 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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  • Time for a hardware upgrade pal. I can see it just fine!It may actually be time for a brainware upgrade.Al, I find most Spring Mountain red wines to be quite tannic.  In fact, I'm the guy that usually says I like wines that leave splinters in my mouth.  This one just did not seem to have any other characteristic that either complemented or mitig... Read More

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  • v v, I have never tried an Insignia.  I do have one bottle in my inventory--from the somewhat maligned 1997 vintage.  As I suspect you might be aware, on, I believe, the "Watcha drinking. . . ." thread I have been periodically reporting on my experiences with 1997 Cabs.  (The last couple were very good.)  I am now down to the Insignia and a Dunn... Read More

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  • Greg, don't even read this!Yesterday I hosted a pinot noir event.  It was a blind tasting of three BC and one California.  Talk about getting out of the box.  For me this is tantamount to cross-dressing.  It started because Chester introduced me to the Kettle Valley "Hayman" reserve Pinot last year.  I really liked it, so when I found one (83 ca... Read More

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  • Finally made it up to Stony Hill for a tasting, and came away impressed. First off, the view up there on Spring Mountain is worth the trip alone, definitely up there with my favorite views in Napa, overlooking Howell Mountain. It was definitely interesting to try their Chardonnay, which doesn't go through malolactic fermentation (blocked!), but ... Read More

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  • Rockwell Brown Red Mountain 2010

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  • Well, it's Sunday evening and time for dinner after spending 6 hours doing volunteer work for Fancy Cats at the Ides of Bark event in Grist Mill Park, VA.  This is right near Mount Vernon, where George Washington built his home.  Tonight Sandra used her pasta maker to make fresh pasta and I managed to pop the cork on a lovely bottle of Paraduxx ... Read More

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  • Good on you for giving the box a shot.  There are actually a few good winemakers trying it out.  But we need tasting notes!GregT would probably argue that PN should have lots of Syrah, right up until there's no room left for the PN.  I had a wine from Chamisal/Domaine Aflred years ago called Da Red that was a blend of the two.  It was fine for t... Read More

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