Category: Washington State Red Wine

J. Bookwalter Winery Foreshadow Columbia Valley Merlot 2012, Washington State

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a nicely aged one from Washington State.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish/brick rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, earth and herbs.

Full bodied spicy and smooth with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, earth, dark coffee, wet leaves and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins.

This 9 year old Merlot from Columbia Valley is very tasty now. Showing nice complexity with a soft, smooth mouthfeel.

Spicy and elegant. Tangy and interesting. Tastes like an aged California Cabernet.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

Good right out of the bottle and better with some air time.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 92% Merlot, 5% Syrah and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.

Fidelitas Wines Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Washington State

Inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Nice nose of black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light vegetables, pencil lead, coffee, earth, herbs and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, tobacco, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, leather, earth, dark coffee, pencil lead, bitter herbs, green vegetables, beef jerky and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Fruit forward with a Bordeaux feel. Spicy and interesting. I really enjoyed the nose here.

Good right out of the bottle, and gets earthier as it opens up. Much better after 2 hours of airtime. Would be interesting to try it in 3 to 5 years.

A good food wine that will pair nicely with lamb dishes. Paired well with the Brie cheese.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged for 22 months in French oak barrels (93% new).

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.

Canoe Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington State

This 10 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State is a nice surprise. Doesn’t show its age at all, at this point.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate and good with food.

After a couple of hours of airtime it shows, red and black fruits with earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, bell pepper, vegetables, herbs, graphite and black coffee.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy pomegranates.

Wine Enthusiasts 87 Points.

A little off balance, but has nice structure with a nice mouthfeel.

I’ve had it before, but at a younger age. Now it feels like a California Merlot, actually. Very interesting to try these kind of wines.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

Aged in French oak barrels (30% new).

13.9% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$22.

Fidelitas Wines Quintessence Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Red Mountain, Washington State

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a beautiful one from Washington State.

A pretty color of dark ruby with a short reddish rim.

On the nose blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, raisins, dried figs, vanilla, cedar, chocolates, mocha, bell pepper, vegetables, black pepper and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and pretty legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, earth, oak, spices, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, light vegetables and pencil lead.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain in Washington State.

Already showing nice complexity, although it is still young and needs 3 years to mature properly. Will be good in the next 10 years.

Needs time to open up properly. I gave it 90 minutes, which is when the tannins showed up and brought in nice structure, and a nice mouthfeel.

Rich and delicious. Spicy and good by itself or with food.

This Single Vineyard is fruit forward and extremely dry, which is a unique combination. As it opens up it becomes earthier.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Really nice with the fatty Italian salami, and will pair very nicely with a big piece of steak.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in 50% new French Oak barrels.

15.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$70.

Long Shadows Vintners Chester Kidder 2016 Columbia Valley, Washington State

Inky in color with a short purplish rim.

On the nose plums, black currants, blackberries, cedar, licorice, light alcohol, vanilla, light earth, chocolates, espresso, wildflowers, violets, tobacco and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cherries, cedar, licorice, spices, peppercorn, coke, black olives, coffee, chocolates, tobacco and beef jerky.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a beautiful red blend from Washington State. Nicely balanced and good by itself, as a sipping wine. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

This 4 year old is still young and will age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years, but already delicious.

Showing a really interesting nose. Tasty, rich and elegant.

Better after a couple of hours of airtime, but good right out of the bottle, too.

A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah and 12% Petit Verdot. Aged for 30 months in (80% new) French oak barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.

L’Ecole No. 41 Winery Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Washington State

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one from Washington State.

Dark inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black plums, black cherries, spices, licorice, vanilla, light vegetables, oak, herbs, earth, eucalyptus, dark chocolates, espresso, light alcohol and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, stewed cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, vegetables, coffee, peppercorn, earth, black tea and bitter herbs.

Medium length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Rich and tangy. Fruit forward with an old-world feel. Interesting and tasty.

Right out of the bottle it is showing grippy tannins. Needs 3 hours in a decanter to open up properly and soften the tannins a bit.

Still young and would age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Great with the brie cheese. A great food wine.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Walla Walla Valley were aged in French oak barrels (40% new) for 22 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$39.

Otis Kenyon Wines Merlot 2014 Walla Walla Valley, Washington

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a nice one from Washington State.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black cherries, light wood, spices, coffee, dark chocolates, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, light oak, spices, vanilla, licorice, light vegetables, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Walla Walla Valley. This 6 year old is spicy and tangy. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Better after a couple of hours of airtime, but good right out of the bottle too.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats, cheeses, and light appetizers.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$32.

Spring Valley Vineyard Nina Lee Syrah 2016 Walla Walla Valley, Washington State

Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, black currants, light oak, licorice, spices, vegetables, light bell pepper, barnyard, light earth, tobacco, chocolates, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, earth, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, vegetables, green herbs and beef jerky.

Nice finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very easy drinking Syrah from Washington State. Nice and engaging with nice balance.

Needs an hour in a decanter to open up properly, and remove some of the acidity.

Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. This 4 year old will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with brie cheese. Very tasty.

Wine Enthusiasts 92 points.

A blend of 94% Syrah and 6% Viognier. Aged in 20% French Oak barrels for 19 months (20% new).

14.1% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$60.

Long Shadows Vintners Pedestal Columbia Valley Merlot 2016, Washington State

Time for a good Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a delicious one from Washington State.

Deep purple in color with a short purplish rim.

Nose of black plums, cedar, chocolates, coffee, cooked cherries, leather, light vegetables, earth, licorice, black tea, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, chocolates, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Merlot from Columbia Valley. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel. Another delicious wine from Michel Rolland.

Still young, but already tasty. Drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle, but better after an hour of airtime, as the complexity comes in. Showing nice complexity already.

Wine Enthusiast 89 points.

Tangy and interesting. A Delicious wine.

A blend of 75% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Aged for 22 months in (85% new) French Oak barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

L’Ecole No 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2017, Washington State

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a nice one from Columbia Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a nice reddish rim.

Light nose of blueberries, black plums, cedar, light vanilla, earth, chocolates, pencil lead and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coke, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Washington State. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good by itself and with food. Nicely balanced and tangy.

Still young, but already enjoyable. Would be Interesting to see how this evolves in the next couple of years.

I’ve had the 2012 vintage a couple of years ago and I like this vintage better.

Wine Enthusiasts 92 points.

Needed 90 minutes in the decanter to open up properly, so give it time.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Really nice with the extra fatty Brie cheese.

A blend of 81% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged for 18 months in Oak barrels (30% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$24.