All posts by Great Northwest Wine

  • Angel Vine 2010 Primitivo, Columbia Valley, $20

    For the second straight vintage, this Carlton, Ore., winemaker pulls down our top rating for his work with Primitivo from Washington. The nose is loaded with blackberry, black currant and milk chocolate aromas, and there’s delicious assertion...

    • Posted March 27, 2013
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  • Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2009 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $25

    One of Oregon’s most consistent producers of Pinot Noir comes through again. This assemblage of Pommard and Wadenswil clones planted in 1986 creates aromas of cherry pie, strawberry Mike & Ike candy, Granny Smith apple, pencil shavings...

    • Posted March 27, 2013
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  • Kitzke Cellars 2009 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $29

    This young winery on Candy Mountain near Richland, Wash., continues to improve, and their latest Cab Franc is a good example of that. It may not appeal to hardcore Francophiles because there are very few herbaceous tones,...

    • Posted March 26, 2013
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  • Apex Cellars 2010 The Catalyst, Columbia Valley, $15

    Best Buy! Apex is a longtime Yakima Valley winery now owned by Precept Wine in Seattle. This is a magnificent wine for both quality and price. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (30%), Malbec...

    • Posted March 26, 2013
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  • Angel Vine 2010 Alder Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $20

    Owner/winemaker Edward Fus operates Angel Vine in tiny Carlton, Ore., a Yamhill County town that has developed into the wine capital of Oregon in the past decade. Unlike many others in his neighborhood, however, Fus brings in...

    • Posted March 26, 2013
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  • Waterbrook 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $12

    Best Buy! This is the lowest-priced Malbec we’ve seen using Washington grapes since the Bordeaux grape began its rise to prominence in the state. It is a tasty example and a good introduction to the variety. It opens with...

    • Posted March 25, 2013
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  • Bergevin Lane 2010 Dreamweaver Stone Tree Vineyard Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $28

    This well-established Walla Walla Valley winery reached into the warm Wahluke Slope and one of the state’s top vineyards to acquire the grapes for this delicious example of Washington Malbec. It leads with aromas of black cherry,...

    • Posted March 25, 2013
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  • Hightower Cellars 2008 Red Mountain Red, Red Mountain, $50

    Winemakers Tim and Kelly Hightower used grapes from E&E Shaw as well as their estate Out of Line Vineyard to craft this delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. It reveals aromas of...

    • Posted March 24, 2013
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  • Sawtooth Estate Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $14

    Best Buy! Sawtooth is one of Idaho’s largest and oldest wineries. It was the only winery Precept in Seattle owned when it started the company in 2003, and Sawtooth continues to be one of its strongest produces...

    • Posted March 24, 2013
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  • Airfield Estates 2011 Vineyard Salute Ruby Rosé, Yakima Valley, $14

    Best Buy! The Miller clan is growing superb grapes north of the Yakima Valley town of Prosser, and Marcus Miller is crafting wines that are not only delicious but also wonderfully affordable. This rosé uses Sangiovese grape...

    • Posted March 23, 2013
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