Cougar Crest Winery

5095295980 50 Frenchtown Road
Walla Walla, WA 99362
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COUGAR CREST ESTATE WINERY was established at the Walla Walla Airport in 2001 by Deborah and David Hansen. Owners of 50 acres of vineyard, all in the Walla Walla Appellation, they have sold wine grapes to other wineries for years. The move into making wine has been a natural progression for two people with strong backgrounds in science and a love of fine wine. The University of California at Davis offered many winemaking classes that both David and Deborah attended. The first vintage was 900 cases and will be sold across the Northwest. The 2002 vintage will be 4000 cases and sales will expand into other states. The 2002 vintage also brought the release of our first white wine, Viognier. – Description from Kursulla

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  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Grenache

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  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • 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...

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  • Cougar Crest Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2007

    Snoothrank:

    The wine is a beautiful ruby color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is full of rich dark fruit, blackberries, plum and cherry over some rich leather and oak. The taste is a classic Walla Walla Syrah, with rich fruit up front, blackberry, ripe plum that transitions to some cherry cola, dark chocolate and mineral notes mid palate. The lon... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Cougar Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2008

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    Blackberry essence, earthy, spice laden.Nice texture. Great color Read More

    Wine review by livecat69


  • Cougar Crest Syrah Walla Walla Valley Reserve 2006

    Snoothrank:

    Now for the wine, a beautiful ruby color in the glass, just as you would expect from a nice Syrah. The nose is an interesting combination of ripe blackberry, tart cherry, smoke and some herb notes, perhaps it's a bit of tarragon that I'm picking up, The taste is classic Walla Walla Syrah, with flavors of tart cherry, blackberry, leather and an... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • An interesting article --http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/01/dining/kevin-pogue-seeks-washington-states-top-terroir.htmlI've yet to try any wines from Walla Walla -- simply not available here -- but keep reading about them. It's on my to-do list for if I ever visit the US. But it's particularly interesting to see they're taking terroir more seriou... Read More

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  • Hello gang,Im turning to the best group of people to go to for wine and travel advice! Im heading up to Portland, Oregon then driving up to Seattle, Washington and then 45 mins away from Walla walla at a friends after Christmas for New Years!I know North Willamette is right by Portland so was wondering if there are places any Snoothers recommend... Read More

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  • Cougar Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by helmstreet


  • Cougar Crest Red Blend Walla Walla Valley Dedication Five 2008

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    Another day, another wine from Walla Walla! Tonight I am enjoying a bottle of 2008 Cougar Crest Dedication Five Columbia Valley Red Wine that I picked up from my summer vacation adventure to Walla Walla! Cougar Crest (come on now seriously, with the friends I have, how could I not stop at a place with "cougar" in the name?) has a tasting room ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • So I just go back from my 2-week road trip driving cross country to visit my favorite wine region, Walla Walla!  Now to be fair, I enjoyed wine on the way out and on the way back.  I stopped in northwest Missouri to try some wines made from the Norton grape, which is the official grape of the state, as well as some wines in the Snake River Valle... Read More

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  • Planning a trip to Walla Walla this summer. Any recommendations for wineries to visit, restaurants to try, other things to see etc? Read More

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  • Cougar Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Estate Grown 2003

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    Mike found this wine - very smooth and silky on the tongue. Read More

    Wine review by sandypants


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