Category Archives: Washington State

EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Columbia Crest | H3 | Merlot | Horse Heaven Hills AVA | Washington State | 2010 | $15

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From the Horse Heaven Hills appellation — an expanse of  high, dry, rolling hills and vineyards that hug the Columbia River Gorge in southeastern Washington State — comes this savory and finessed Merlot.  It offers aromas that hint of pungent red berries, black pepper, and bitters followed by flavors suggesting … Continue reading

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SUMMER WINE PICK: Kamiak | Rock Lake Red | Columbia Valley | Washington State | 2009 | $15 | Highly Recommended

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Now that summer has begun, so has our intrepid search for high quality, reasonably priced, crowd pleasing backyard barbeque wines.  To get us started, here’s a sure bet from Washington State — a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (42%), Merlot (29%), Syrah (24%), … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Chateau Ste Michelle | Indian Wells Red Blend | Columbia Valley | Washington State | 2010 | $20

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Here’s a smooth, velvety red blend from Washington State’s largest wine producer. It’s an intriguing blend dominated by Merlot (60%) and Syrah (28%), with complementary splashes of Cabernet Sauvignon (6%), Grenache (3%), Malbec (2%), Cinsault (.5%) and Mourvedre (.5%). It … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Obelisco Estate | Merlot | Reserve | Red Mountain | Washington | 2009 | $45 | 92 pts

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Aromas: cinnamon and spice; cherry; plum; hint of vanilla Character: medium-bodied & lively; old world style; light to medium tannins & acidity; toasty oak Flavors: true to aroma, with deep red berries, spice, earth tones and cedar Food Pairing:  tomato-based pasta dishes; pizza; lamb   Obelisco … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Chateau Ste. Michelle | Indian Wells | Cabernet Sauvignon | Washington State | Columbia Valley | 2008 | $18 | 87 pts

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Aromas:  candied plum; vanilla; spice Character:  dry; full-bodied; moderate tannins and acidity; oaky Flavors:  blackberry; cured tobacco; dark chocolate; raspberry jam Food Pairing:  sharp cheeses; steak; hearty dishes   In my perennial search for high-quality “everyday” wines, I somehow keep coming back … Continue reading

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