Wahluke Slope Wine

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Pronounced WAH-luke, the Wahluke Slope is an isolated, south-facing plateau bordered in the west and south by the winding Columbia River, to the north by the Saddle Mountains and the east by the Hanford Reach, a vast area of scrub-land surrounding the nuclear facility.

Despite its middle-of-nowhere location, there is a long grape-growing history here, centered around the tiny town of Mattawa. A German company, Langguth, planted hundreds of acres of Riesling in the early 1980s and made some very fine wines for a few years before abandoning the project. But others persisted, and today there are more than 5200 vineyard acres, many of which provide grapes to wineries across the state.

The Wahluke Slope, along with Red Mountain, is Washington’s warmest site, with heat units exceeding 3,000 year in and year out. The desert heat and abundance of water create the right conditions for large-scale production of fine wine grapes. Though well off the beaten tourist path (only one winery and two production facilities 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Vitis Ridge

    Vitis Ridge has five partners, including Glen Brunger, Chris and Sharon Deckelmann and Bruce and ...

  • Jones of Washington

    Over fifty years of farming experience in the Columbia basin has led to the breaking of new groun...

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  • JD - Excellent selection with the Gramercy!Here is what I will be bringing to ... ... Clifton Hill Vineyard, Wahluke Slope 97% Syrah 3% Viognier2009 Smasne Cellars Block 3 Syrah Lawrence Vineyard 94% Syrah 6% Viognier2012 Nefarious Cellars Estate Defiance Vineyard Syrah Lake Chelan AVADV - is that an SCTV reference Read More

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  • Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


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    Wine review by gmb468

  • Milbrandt Vineyards Mosaic Wahluke Slope Clifton Vineyards 2010


    67% Grenache, 27% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre. Cofermented Smells like the Grenache dark with deep aromas of Bon Mamon raspberry preserves and spicy herbs layered under chocolate oak. Very bright on entry, zesty and with good energy in the mouth, which is transparent and juicy showing nice spicy herb inflected red berry fruit and edgy little tannins. W... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Milbrandt Vineyards Vineyard Series Petit Sirah Wahluke Slope 2010


    Chocolate, plum, rose petal and white pepper come together on the nose. On entry this is clear, firm and young with a nice blend of richness, power and juicy transparency. There's a little meaty edge to this in the mouth and again while it's a touch simple it captures the fruit of the variety quite well without over doing it. Candied red cherry... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Milbrandt Vineyards Vineyard Series Primitivo Wahluke Slope Northridge Slope 2011


    Toasty wood spice, coconut and floral aromas show up on the nose along with some briary notes. In the mouth one finds very clear fruit on entry with fine ripe tannins and supporting acids that keep the wild strawberry and brambly blackberry flavors fresh and clear on the palate. Theres a nice bit of creamy and vanilla scented oak helping to fram... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Milbrandt Vineyards Vineyard Series Tempranillo Wahluke Slope 2010


    Lots of earth, tobacco, and black raspberry fruit, with plenty of underlying oak but it works well here and this seems to be where the house winemaking style is working best. This is bright, firm and focused with plenty of richness and depth to the lovely black raspberry fruit and classic tobacco and herb stem scents. The tannins are well manage... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Milbrandt Vineyards Vineyard Series Mourvedre Wahluke Slope Clifton Vineyards 2012


    Dark and similar in style with the Grenache more than varietally driven though this does show lots of brewed herbal tea, leather and slightly gamy meaty aromas. Lovely on entry, a touch soft perhaps but fresh and juicy enough with a fine blend of black cherry fruit, leather, and vaguely peppery and meat juicy flavors. Tannins are supple and the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Milbrandt Vineyards Vineyard Series Grenache Wahluke Slope 2010


    Dark and earthy and a bit oily on the nose with some noticeable oak notes underpinning aromas of brewed tea, carob and spicy garrigue. Moderately big and plump in the mouth with lovely fresh wild strawberry and spicy herb inflected raspberry fruit. A bit more serious than I expected with lovely complexity on the palate, and nice cut on the backe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Milbrandt Vineyards the Estates Cabernet Sauvognon Wahluke Slope 2011


    Fairly big on the nose showing assertive oak base notes, a little nutty and with a lot of nutella accents with some nice herbal framed and almost bell pepper inflected black currant fruits. Broad and a bit fleshy in the mouth but nicely balanced with an easy going personality. This shows some tea, thyme, and chocolate nuance early on the palate ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Milbrandt Estates Merlot Washington 2010


    Smokey and chocolaty on the nose with oak spice, dried herb, and burnt sugar notes adding some detail though this does veer towards chocolate pudding with some air. Smooth and a touch low acid in style but with enough acid to keep the flavors of black currant well focused. The oak is well integrated on the palate and tannins are nicely judged t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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