Red Mountain turns more red and green

By on February 12, 2017

There are so many vivid Washington vineyard images from which to choose, but this stunning scene of dusk overlooking Red Mountain vineyards, captured from the deck of Col Solare, is our choice for Duval’s vineyard image of the year. (Photo by Richard Duval Images)

In recent years, Red Mountain has turned more red – and more green.

The bench at the eastern end of the Yakima Valley  is one of the warmest regions of the vast and arid Columbia Valley and has developed into one of the premium grape growing regions in the Pacific Northwest.

In the past couple of years, a lot of planting has converted vast tracts of sagebrush into lush vineyards, thanks in no small part to an irrigation project that has brought precious water to Red Mountain.

And almost all of the grapes have been red varieties – almost 95 percent of the vineyards go to making red wine – perfectly suited for Red Mountains climate and soil.

Here are a dozen red wines from Red Mountain that we have tasted recently. Ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.

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Articles credited to Great Northwest Wine are authored by Eric Degerman and other contributors. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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