Rattlesnake Hills Wine

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This is the most recent region in Washington State to acquire AVA status, though not without controversy. As does Red Mountain, Rattlesnake Hills falls entirely within the Yakima Valley AVA. However, it lacks the clear-cut geographic definition of Red Mountain, and some vineyards that are actually located in the Rattlesnake Hills are not included in the AVA. As legally defined, the Rattlesnake Hills AVA encompasses a ridge top on the northern edge of the Yakima Valley, running east to west along with the Yakima River. Vineyards are set on ridges and terraces above the valley floor — generally between 850 and 2000 feet in elevation — and benefit from good air drainage, hence, protection from frost.

The overall climate of the AVA is typical of the Yakima Valley; cooler to the west and warmer as you move east. Warm summer days and cool evening temperatures help to preserve acidity in the grapes. Proponents also mention that the Rattlesnake Hills themselves provide winter protection from icy Arctic blasts Read more »

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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

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  • Ryan Patrick Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Elephant Mountain Vineyard Rattlesnake Hills 2013


    Soft floral aromas and cinnamon spice on top of ripe red fruit notes of cherry and raspberry with a slight green note. A bit darker in the mouth, turning towards black fruit notes of black cherry and black currant, strong tannins wash in and grip the palate with fierce acidity, dark chocolate and dried plum and a finish of bluMoniker Pinot Noir ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Yeah vinOvinO, I bit too. An eclectic mix I think.Cabot Vineyards - Aged Zins 6pk - 2ea 2007 Zinfandel Tributary, 2009 Zinfandel Tributary, 2009 Klamath Cuvée Ladd Cellars - Mixed 3pk - 2012 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, 2012 Moore Ranch RRV Pinot Noir, 2010 Moore Ranch RRV Pinot NoirVeleta Wines - Reservas Trio - 2ea  2010 Veleta Noladós, 2009 Ve... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • I try to do something "different" for the weekend.  That usually ... the Dineen Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA. There was a killer case deal on this wine a year or so back where I was able to get it for about $8 / bottle.  For me, that was a total score because I think this is the best wine Palouse makes (even thought it is not the most ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wednesday Wines (aka hump day...

  • Day 3:EpochGroup vote: yesNotable wines:  2010 Estate Blend (GSM), 2012 Epoch WhiteFor my palate, these were probably my favorite wines of the day.  And I think I’m going to go out on a limb and say my favorite setting, too.  It doesn’t have the views of the hills.  It’s more the feeling of being tucked in the forest.  With the cutest bathrooms ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Lingprof's Unofficial Guide...

  • Tamarack Cellars Red Blend Columbia Valley Firehouse Red 2008


    love this chocolate cherry. luscious red fruits and slightly toasty. Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora

  • Kennedy Shah Vie En Rouge 2010


    Smooth short finish with slight smoke and Oak on the pallet.Easy to drink without food but works well with cheese Read More

    Wine review by winehound69

  • Cedar River Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2009


    The nose shows earth, tobasco spice and dark fruit. The palate is dark and brooding with dark fruit, sandal wood and pepper with a tart peppery dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by luchavino

  • Tamarack Cellars Red Blend Columbia Valley Firehouse Red 2008


    Warm, spicy and a bit hot on the nose with chocolate shavings and cigar box notes accenting red raspberry and strawberry fruit. Soft on entry and nicely filled out with boisterous fruit and oak flavors in the big yet still transparent frame. This offers up nice, slightly jammy, slightly chewy fruit in a fun to drink style that finishes a touch c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Hyatt Zilla Gorilla 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Anvil Wine Works Rattlesnake Hills Estate Grown Merlot 2007


    We had this wine on the Waterways boat cruise on Lake Washington in Seattle. It was delicious. Read More

    Wine review by beau h

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