Yakima Valley 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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  • 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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  • McCrea Cellars

    We've pioneered Rhône varietals in Washington for over two decades. In partnership with several d...

  • Greenbank Cellars

    Greenbank Cellars winery is located on a 5-acre parcel that used to be the homestead of the Day F...

  • MacCallum Family Cellars

    MacCallum Family Cellars is the fulfillment of two-decades worth of passion and years of dreaming...

  • Paradisos del Sol

    Wine should be very pure and natural. The only thing synthetic about our wine is the plastic cork...

  • Willow Crest Winery

    Willow Crest Winery was founded in 1995 by David J. Minick, a longtime grape grower in the Yakima...

  • Bonair Winery

    Bonair Winery is situated in the Rattlesnake Hills of the Yakima Valley, Washington State's forem...

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Yakima Valley on Snooth

  • Kiona Vineyards Red Mountain Ava Lemberger 2017

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    The 2017 Lemberger from Kiona is spot on for the usual flavour profile and acidity, the difference being a denser, fruitier and slightly less bracing mouth feel. The wine is black - a result of the searing summer heat in the Yakima area no doubt, but one notices the lighter body and food-friendly acidity right away. Finish is short to medium, ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Betz Family Winery Cote la Rousse Syrah Red Mountain 2012

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    I confess to having never had this wine before, but its reputation was equally strong in the mind, so expectations were equally strong. The wine is dark - even along the glass rim... opaque black cherry. Cola, cherry and used coffee grounds with just a meaty hint of raw bacon greet the nose. Very sophisticated. Entry is elegant, balanced and p... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Efeste Upright 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Gorman Winery Cabernet-Syrah Blend Red Mountain the Evil Twin 2006

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    Delicious, full bodied and good finish. Read More

    Wine review by michaelwine


  • Os Winery Bsh Yakima Valley 2013

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    Dark berry, plum and black currant aromas turn a bit herbal on the nose showing a cooler side before releasing a bit of baking spice. Creamy textured on entry, this develops nicely on the palate with bold flavors of black currant, black cherry and well balance oak, deepening in richness towards the finish and releasing light black olive and dark... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Too bad for fellow Snoothers,  as this wine sold exclusively at Whole ... ... ... Hills and Willard in the Yakima Valley. A light hand with oak allows for a nose of black cherry, red currant and cola with whiffs of anise and tar. There’s pleasing balance to its lighter structure that’s focused on Montmorency cherry and blueberry, leading to a ... Read More

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  • I'm on a Syrah streak right now.  All from Washington...2010 Red ... ... from Red Willow Vineyard in Yakima Valley.  Thirteen, Fourteen and Fifteen (will be bottled next week).  The thirteen was my favorite.2012 Showing character as our weather started warming up.  Hazlenut, blueberry and light pepper note Read More

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  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Olsen Brothers Vineyard Yakima Valley 2015

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    Eucalyptus and ripe apple are a bit chemical but are glazed with honeyed notes. Juicy, plump and soft in the mouth, this brings good peach and apple notes but does veer towards a chemical note again towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Revelry Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2007

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    Lively oak bouquet Lovely taste Read More

    Wine review by martce


  • Hogue Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Genesis 2003

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    Wine review by gmb468


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