Yakima County Wine

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Yakima Valley, within the Columbia Valley district, became Washington State’s first official AVA in 1983. Wine-making in the valley can be traced back to the early days of the pioneers in the 1860s, but its commercial success didn’t hit until much later. In the 1930s, oenologist Dr. Walter Clore of Washington State University Research Center, established experimental vineyards in the valley. In the 1960s, Charles Nagel is credited with starting the Washington Wine Project focusing on Yakima Valley grapes that were grown by Clore. By the early 1980s, Covey Run and Hogue Cellars had achieved commercial success just before the AVA was designated. Today, Yakima Valley has the most concentrated vine plantings in the state, making up a large percentage of its wine production and grape-sourcing.
 
The cool-climate region is largely protected by a rain shadow formed by the Cascade Mountains. The Yakima river and its tributaries and canals provide the needed irrigation for the wineries 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...

  • 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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  • Hogue Cellars Pinot Grigio Columbia Valley 2009

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    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Cadence Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 2007

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    Wine review by drsint


  • Cadence Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 2007

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    Wine review by drsint


  • Kiona Lemberger Red Mountain 2010

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Seven Hills Ciel du Cheval 2009

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    Rather subtle yet complex on the nose with layers of herbs, medicinal spices flecked with dollops of oak spice and vanilla all over a base of firm fresh black currant fruit. The fine balance here makes this feel a bit smaller and more open that it proves to be. There's plenty to like here with layers of currant and cherry fruit topped with savo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Terra Blanca Onyx 2008

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    Mint, dried berry fruit and strawberries in cream greets the nose along with notes of toasted nuts and leather. Lots of red cherry fruit pops on the entry here along with some spicy earth, toasted nut, and sagey herb notes. This is broad and wide open today, expansive on the palate and transparent with fruit that is decidedly in the red end of t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Soos Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 2003

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    A vast array of aromas develops with aeration, starting with beef jerky, iron, rosemary and black pepper and continuing on with grilled wild game and burning Cuban cigar. Smartly structured with a light tannic grip and refreshing acidity, this wine has a way to go. Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Andrew Will Red Bordeaux Blend Washington Sorella 2007

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    This highly perfumed, deeply fruited Bordeaux blend possesses the seamless fruit-structure integration that I have come to expect from Washington. The tannins are silky and the acidity bright, keeping the expansive breadth on the palate and significant extraction in check. Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Laurelhurst Cellars Red Blend Columbia Valley Azorica 2008

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    50% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Boushey Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA.50% Syrah from the Ranch at the end of the Road & Songbird Vineyards on Red Mountain (AVA).On first opening the nose shows licorice, dark currants cherry and creamy earthy all spice notes. The palate is bold with black cherry and all spices with a cedar & menthol spice t... Read More

    Wine review by luchavino


  • Mark Ryan Sémillon Red Mountain Fancy Pants Late Harvest 2008

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    Just the right amount of sweetness. Light and fresh with great acidity to keep it from being cloying. Very pleasant. Honeysuckle, jasmine and lavender honey. Delicious!96 pts.8/12/11 at Tasting Room Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


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