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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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  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

Popular Wineries in Red Mountain View all

  • 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...

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

    Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard is located on internationally recognized Red Mountain in ...

  • 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

  • Canoe Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Taylor 2011


    Power and complexity on the nose, along with great complexity to the herbal spice, subtle fruit and noticeable backing spice aromas. This is big, rich, and chewy yet soft and supple. A bit low on acid perhaps but with great, transparent red currant and red cherry in a supple style. After an early hint of candied sweetness this turns firm and... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • There goes another paycheck. ******     "These are vineyard wines. Our responsibility is to safeguard the wine during its passage from vineyard to bottle and to protect it from too much wine-making" - Stephen Lagier & Carole Meredith. WOW! Protecting the wine from TOO MUCH WINE-MAKING! Think about that!   Dear Oenophile,   Let's begin with their... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Uh oh!

  • I've posted some notes on this producers wines in the Whatcha drinking thread but figured he deserved his own thread. Robin Akhurst is the winemaker for Envy Wines in Calistoga and asst to Mike Smith of Myraid. I met Robin a couple years ago through Mike and really like him and his approach to winemaking. Nice guy, humble, passionate, hard worki... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Producer alert - Apsara Cellars

  • Last night we finished off a couple bottles that we had opened up on Sunday evening. I really need to pare down my purchases a bit and start focusing on the wines  and winemakers that are hitting the mark for me right now. Two of those are. Mike Smith of Ancillary Cellars and Ryan/Megan Glaab of RYME Cellars.RYME "Hers" Las Brisas Vyd Vermentino... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Did anybody go berserk on Berserker Day over on the Wine Berserkers ... the ... the first and last in the Red Mountain AV Read More

    Forum post in the topic Berserker Day

  • Here is another excellent Washington wine to go in search of!  Cadence ... ... and the attraction of Red Mountain AVA.  I might be slightly biased, Cadence wines are awesome and I think you will enjoy reading my profile on Ben : Read More

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  • Seven Hills Ciel du Cheval 2010


    The wine is a lovely deep purple color in the glass with limited opacity. The nose is a lovely blend of green grass, balsamic, cedar and cocoa powder. The taste is quite lovely, with some subtle fruit up front that's enveloped with some complex flavors of anise, lavender and minerality. The finish is long, smooth and with a velvety mouthfeel tha... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • We enjoyed New Year's Eve at a friend's house.  The Board Track ... the Red Willow vineyard on Red Mountain along with some Mourvedre and (more) Syrah from the Olsen Estate vineyard in Yakim Read More

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  • Andrew Will Ciel du Chaval 2007


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    Wine review by tpcello7

  • Thanks, OT and Fox for your comments.  I have to say that the TV Syrah had the characteristics of your #1 profile, Fox, more than the other two.  With the exception that it did not have much tannin.  Now, my experience with Spring Mountain red wines is that the tannin hits pretty quickly.  Even with my meal (grilled tuna), OT, I felt it was an i... Read More

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