All posts by Great Northwest Wine

  • 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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  • Andrew Will Cellars 2009 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red, Red Mountain

    Chris Camarda launched Andrew Will in 1989 in Seattle, then later moved it to Vashon Island, a short ferry ride from the West Seattle neighborhood of Fauntleroy. Today, there are three wineries on Vashon. Camarada began buying...

    • Posted December 13, 2012
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