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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  • Sémillon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Jones of Washington

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

  • Vitis Ridge

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

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  • Milbrandt Vineyards Syrah the Estates Clifton Hill Vineyard 2013

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    Dark blackberry notes and cinnamon spice on the nose. Richly fruited in the mouth, this has loads of rich black currant and blackberry fruit, chewy tannins, warm baking spice and a touch of charred herb towards the finish with some black pepper and a hint of licorice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • We have a party for friends and neighbors every year, expecting about 30 for ... some Seven Falls Cabernet Wahluke Slope from WA. We do have a couple cab lovers coming that appreciate nicer wines so I have a Scherrer, a Croze and a Burly cab waiting in the wings. Here's to drinking well in the New Year! Read More

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  • Ryan Patrick Rock Island Red Wahluke Slope 2012

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    Complex creamy, vanilla notes on the nose with blackberry and black cherry fruit. More focussed on red fruit in the mouth, with loads of acidity, raspberry and cherry, cream and chocolate, espresso and toast. Towards the finish there is a tannic bite, cocoa and cinnamon, and a long smoky finish.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • K Vintners Syrah Wahluke Slope Milbrandt Vineyard 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by jillpickle


  • Duck Pond Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    Lush, and bright, with sweet black fruit, toast, vanilla,walnut and smoky oak flavors that are relatively soft with a light palate impression.I would buy more but, none around, I bought it at the Winery in 2010 Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Milbrandt Vineyards the Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope Washington 2012

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    A hint of mint chocolate on the nose of this wine alongside the black cherry fruit. In the mouth it's sharp and tart with red fruit flavors, mostly cherry alongside the black fruit and chocolate notes as well. Due to the cooler climate, this wine gets a bit of an herbal note to it as well, but the fruit certainly is dominant here. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Jammy blueberry flavors with firm tannins and a great finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • 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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    No written review

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Milbrandt Vineyards Mosaic Wahluke Slope Clifton Vineyards 2010

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    Wine review by mark


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