All posts by Great Northwest Wine

  • Saviah Cellars 2008 Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley, $35

    McClellan Vineyard figured into a number of the top wines from Wine Press Northwest’s 2009 “Bordeaux Gems” judging. Fruit of that quality in the hands of someone as talented at Richard Funk produces something as marvelous as...

    • Posted January 26, 2013
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  • Sweet Cheeks Winery 2011 Vintage Riesling, Oregon, $14

    Best Buy! Estate vineyards first planted in 1978 at the southern end of the Willamette Valley, south of Eugene, Ore., make up most of this blend definitely appeals to the tasting room crowd. It’s hugely tropical from...

    • Posted January 26, 2013
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  • Waterbrook Winery 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $12

    Best Buy! This large-production, historic winery in Walla Walla produces a fruit-forward, yet bone-dry Sauvignon Blanc that should pair quite well with ceviche. The nose leads with bake pears, lemon custard, pineapple, honeydew melon, gooseberry and chalkboard...

    • Posted January 26, 2013
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  • SuLei Cellars 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $18

    Walla Walla Valley vintner Tanya Woodley, winemaker of Wine Press Northwest’s 2012 Washington Winery to Watch, produces a rather fascinating version of Sauvignon Blanc using grapes from Spring Creek Vineyard near Benton City, Wash. It brings a...

    • Posted January 26, 2013
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  • Ghost Hill Cellars 2011 Bayliss-Bower Vineyard Pinot Noir Blanc, Yamhill-Carlton, $25

    This is the fifth generation of the Bayliss family to farm this 200+ acre property near Carlton, Ore., which seems to suit Pinot Noir, and winemaker Rebecca Pittock-Shouldis turned some of their fruit into one of the...

    • Posted January 26, 2013
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  • Pondera Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $28

    This small-production winery in Woodinville, Wash., launched with the 2005 vintage, and winemaker Shane Howard has produced one superb wine after another. For this delicious Cabernet Franc, he turned to Dineen Vineyards in the Rattlesnake Hills, adding...

    • Posted January 26, 2013
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  • Delfino Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Umpqua Valley, $26

    Linda Donovan, one of Southern Oregon’s top hired guns, knows how to manage tannins, shown by her Platinum-winning Tempranillo last fall. This Cabernet Sauvignon for Jim and Terri Delfino, from the same vintage, shows remarkable balance, finesse...

    • Posted January 26, 2013
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  • Andrew Will Cellars 2009 Sorella, Horse Heaven Hills

    Here is owner/winemaker Chris Camarda’s best wine. Using estate grapes from Champoux Vineyards that average 33 years in age, it is a blend heavy on Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), along with Merlot (23%), Cabernet Franc (7%) and Petit...

    • Posted December 19, 2012
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  • Andrew Will Cellars 2009 Champoux Vineyard Red

    Owner/winemaker Chris Camarda is one of four winery owners (along with Quilceda Creek, Powers and Woodward Canyon) who are partners with Paul Champoux of what is arguably the top vineyard in Washington. Using grapes from vines with...

    • Posted December 17, 2012
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  • Andrew Will Cellars 2009 Two Blondes Vineyard Red, Yakima Valley

    Andrew Will owner Chris Camarda named this Yakima Valley vineyard after his late wife, Annie, and his silent partner’s wife, both blondes. The winery, not far from the Yakima Valley town of Zillah, was planted in 2000...

    • Posted December 14, 2012
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