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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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Red Mountain View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Red Mountain on Snooth

  • Mark Ryan Syrah Blend Red Mountain Wild Eyed 2009

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    Tight nose. Pretty floral, violets, red and blue fruit. Good mineral tones. Nice wine! Smooth.93 pts.8/12/11 at tasting room Read More

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  • Mark Ryan Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Water Witch Klipsun Vineyard 2008

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    Rich and opulent nose with eucalyptus and cherry, red and black currant and black plum. Some acid astringency on the palate. Straw and dominated by red fruit. Nice.90 pts.8/12/11 at Tasting Room Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Mark Ryan Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Long Haul 2008

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    Nice red fruit and fresh straw on the nose. Slight floral aromas. Delicate red berry fruit on the palate with flowers and straw. Nice and smooth. Very tasty!93 pts.8/12/11 at Tasting Room Read More

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  • Mark Ryan Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Dead Horse 2008

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    Nose of lush minty red berry fruit. It's bold and lush and the aromas are velvety. Lush and smooth on the palate with supple fruit over polished, mellow tannins. Some nice floral notes. Good structure. Nice wine!94 pts.8/12/11 at Tasting Room Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Delille Cellars Chaleur Estate 2008

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    Nose of black cherry, plum, graphite, vanilla and fresh sage, with white pepper. Flavors follow along with thyme and bittersweet chocolate and espresso powder. Understated acid and more fruit driven style. Good structure though and nicely layered. Elegant wine.95 pts.8/12/11 at Tasting Room Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Terra Blanca Signature Series Block 8 Syrah United States-Washington State-Yakima Valley-Red Mountain 2007

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    A powerhouse dominated by cherries and cranberries, toasty oak bringing up the ... the rear. A fine example of Red Mountains character. What a year for Syrah in this growing region! Impressively, this wine was double Gold Medal winner at the Seattle Wine Awards and I can see why!Wineshout.c Read More

    Wine review by Wineshout


  • Terra Blanca Onyx 2008

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    Dark fruits and cherry. Satiny smooth. Solid tannins and good acidity. A hint of the oak monster mucking about. Good quality-price ratio. The ONYX, a Seattle Wine Awards Gold Medal winner, is winemaker Keith Pilgrims signature Bordeaux blend, which the winery says is a snapshot of the vineyard.Wineshout.com Read More

    Wine review by Wineshout


  • Seven Hills Ciel du Cheval 2009

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    The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, as you would expect from such a blend. The nose presents some lovely black cherry and plum, along with some cinnamon and floral notes. There is also a sweetness in the nose, almost candy-like, which is offset by the aroma of licorice and just a hint of cedar. The taste is a true delight, with a love... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Nota Bene Cellars Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 2007

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    Nota Bene proves that you don't have to spend $50 for a wine from one of Washington's greatest vineyards. Big, and bold the wine has deep fruit and mando tannic structure, much more than I had expected for a $25 bottle. It shows all the refinement this vineyard is known for. A true value. Read More

    Wine review by 842795Matt Walker 842795 Matt Walker


  • Andrew Will Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 2007

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    Andrew Will is definitely a benchmark winery for this region and Ciel du Cheval a benchmark vineyard. Together the make a wonderful example of a "Right Bank" style Bordeaux Blend. Words like sharp, focused and precise come to mind when drinking this wine. It's wine in HD. Cab Franc brings his herby, minerally soul to the party counterpointed... Read More

    Wine review by 842795Matt Walker 842795 Matt Walker


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