Walla Walla Valley Wine

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Walla Walla is a wine region within Columbia Valley that straddles both Oregon and Washington. Wine-making began in the mid-1800s, when an influx of pioneers, many of them Italian immigrants, who first settled in the area for the burgeoning fur trade and the Idaho gold rush. Though the commercial wine industry didn’t catch on in the region until the 1950s when the Pesciallo family established Blue Mountain Vineyards, the first in the region since the Prohibition. 

By the 1970s, wine-makers could see the potential for greatness thanks to climate conditions conducive to long growing seasons. The Cascade Mountain forms a natural rain shadow that protects the region, resulting in hot days and cool nights. There are a variety of terroirs extending through the region from the Blue Mountains downward. Glacial melt from the time of the Ice Age has left a deposit of rich, grape-friendly silt in much of the growing region. Walla Walla was granted AVA status in 1984. 
 
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Varietals Produced in Walla Walla Valley View all

  • 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...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Walla Walla Valley View all

  • Sweet Valley Wines

    Our winemaker, Josh McDaniel’s, is an up and coming wine making guru for the new millennium. He c...

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

    Otis Kenyon Wine is a family owned and managed winery with deep historical ties to the Walla Wall...

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

  • Whitman Cellars

    Welcome to Whitman Cellars, crafters of traditional Bordeaux and Rhone style wines of balance and...

  • Beresan Winery

    Located in the world-renowned Walla Walla Valley appellation, Beresan Winery takes pride in produ...

  • Glen Fiona

    Established in 1994, Glen Fiona (Gaelic for "Valley of the Vine") was Walla Walla valley's firs...

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Walla Walla Valley on Snooth

  • L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Seven Hills Vineyard 2010

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    The wine is a beautiful rich ruby color in the glass, with a nice dark indigo at the center. The nose is quite inviting, with aromas of black cherry, green cedar, and a hint of fresh herbs. The taste is a rush of ripe fruit, blackberry, cherry and a hint of candied plum, which transition smoothly to some earthy elements of tar, toasted oak and... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Dama Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley/Walla Walla Valley Rouge 2009

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    The wine is a nice bright ruby color in the glass, with great clarity. The nose is a rich combination or black fruit, blackberry, cassis and a hint of prune overlaid with a nice bit of leather and earth. The taste is very pleasant, with some rich fruit notes or blackberry and cassis up front that transition effortlessly to some wonderful flavo... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Reininger Cima 2008

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    The wine is a beautiful bright ruby color in the glass, with great clarity. The nose is a sophisticated and layered presentation of ripe black fruit over some smoke which plays nicely off some mineral notes and a hint of leather, very reminiscent of a nice Tuscan blend. The taste a brief flash of ripe plum and tart cherry that subsides into so... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2010

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    The wine is a deep purple at the center, with a bright ruby along the edges. The nose is classic combination of rich leather, cocoa powder, a touch of green grass and some ripe cherry. The taste is a blast of cherry cola which transitions to some lovely mineral notes of basalt and limestone along with some green herbs midpalate. The finish is... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Syrah Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2002

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    The wine is a beautiful deep garnet color in the glass, with pretty good clarity despite its age. The nose is a blast of green grass and herbs which settles down to some lovely earthy notes of smoke and leather, overlaying some interesting mocha and cherry cola notes. The taste is divine, a blast of black cherry and cassis that quickly settles... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2001

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    Now bear in mind, I decanted this bottle for about an hour before tasting. The color is a lighter ruby, with just the faintest hint of auburn along the edges. The nose is a combination of sweet ripe fruit, blackberry, plum and a hint of raisin, along with some floral notes and tobacco. The taste is remarkably fruit forward, with some lovely s... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Seven Hills "Pentad" Walla Walla Valley Washington 2012

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    The wine itself is a beautiful dark ruby color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is a rich combination of leather, dark cherry, espresso and some floral notes. The taste is really exceptional, with some lovely ripe berry notes up front that transition beautifully to some lovely tart cherry and mocha notes midpalate. The finish is show... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Rasa Vineyards "Qed" Syrah 2007

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    Very peppery nose, not super complex, but very drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by SarahQ


  • MW, you mentioned Keenan above.  I have been one of their apostles for quite a few years because I believe they are (1) good and (2) fairly priced (which means that I can afford them).  I am bringing this up because, while you say you do not care for CA Merlot, I might suggest that you check out a Keenan version.  Keenan has two Merlot bottlings... Read More

    Forum post in the topic MWW


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Apogee Walla Walla Valley Pepper Bridge Vineyard 2009

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    Nice dry red with lots of tannin flavor. Opened up nicely with a roast leg of lamb. Read More

    Wine review by sfquixote


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