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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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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...

  • Balsamroot Winery & Vineyard

    Visit our small boutique winery on the north shore of Lake Chelan in picturesque Manson, Washingt...

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  • Gilbert Cellars Allobroges 2009


    Refreshing, with tight tannins around a core of fresh berry and toast. Read More

    Wine review by kujolorenth

  • Barnard Griffin Merlot Columbia Valley 2008


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    Wine review by mark

  • Powers Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope Reserve Coyote Vineyard 2009


    The color of this wine is a deep, opaque purple color that eases into some bright ruby along the edges. The nose is a lovely combination of cedar, dark chocolate, anise and fresh ground black pepper. The taste is a veritable explosion of ripe black fruit up front, ripe plum, blackberries and cherry, but not nearly as sweet as some of the more ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley 2006


    Dark boysenberry hue, aromas of blueberries, currants and mocha; chewy flavor notes of black plum and olive with integrated, rich tannins over a focused finish. A nice cab franc! Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth

  • Eliseo Silva Syrah' 2006


    Medium body, hints of currant, tobacco, nice depth and silky finish. Read More

    Wine review by dnf

  • I am so behind, but went here summer of 2011 with some friends.  We ... ... ... Canoe Ridge Cabernet2006 Wahluke Slope Syrah2008 Ethos Reserve Merlot2007 Cold Creek Merlot    This was our favorite!!Our next full day we started at a must-see, in Delille.  Everything they do, I enjoy.  Here, we tasted their:2010 Doyenne Roussanne2010 Chaleur Est... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Woodinville, WA Tastings

  • Bergevin Lane Chardonnay Wahluke Slope Linen 2009


    Scoring an 85 point Best Buy from the Wine Enthusiast this easy-drinking wine ... ... wine originated at the Wahluke Slope in Central Washington state. One of the warmest grape-growing climates in the state it is best-known for producing the Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that Washington earned its wine chops on. The 2009 vintage was a ... Read More

    Wine review by terroir360

  • Gilbert Cellars Wahluke Slope Syrah 2006


    Carmel flavor with hint of cherry, better with age Read More

    Wine review by Yvette Lippert

  • Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley 2010


    spicy cherry with oak. i don't know how to describe it but I like the way the tannins don't pucker your mouth or glue to your palatte but are definitely there, but are smooth and balanced. I guess that is what they mean by "structured" Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora

  • Duck Pond Red Blend Wahluke Slope Red Blend 2009


    Fairly oak at first sniff but lurking under the veneer of wood lies some attractive herbal notes and spicy, fresh black fruits. Bright and rather taut on entry with lovely black plum skin fruit that plays off the nuanced oak spice of the palate. Blackberries and black currants join in on the mid-palate with some dusty cinnamon notes, and a feath... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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