Category: Washington Red Blend

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.

Sheridan Vineyard L’ Orage Red Wine 2003 Yakima Valley, Washington State

Dark ruby in color with a nice brick rim.

On the nose light blueberries, black currants, cooked cherries, dried fruits, raisins, cedar, light vanilla, earth, vegetables, dark coffee, dark chocolates, leather, tobacco leaf, smoke, cola, pencil lead, black pepper, wet leaves and black tea. Wonderful and complex.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, raspberries, ripened blueberries, raisins, dried figs, tobacco, earth, spices, wood, vanilla, cloves, coffee, vinaigrette, light vegetables, green olives and herbs.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cranberries.

This is a wonderful 17 year old Red Blend from Yakima Valley. Showing so much complexity, with nice balance and mouthfeel. Elegant, delicious, mature, and tangy on the finish.

Thank you Paul for sharing.

Needs time to open up properly and show the complexity, and great all by itself.

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points.

I had the 2015 vintage a year ago and it was a delicious treat as well, although not as complex.

This is a wine that needs to be had with good friends and talked about. No need to mess it up with food.

A blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$60 (current vintage).

Tranche Estate Pape Estate 2017 Columbia Valley, Washington State

Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, bing cherries, sweet strawberries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, dried figs, tobacco leaf, earth, leather, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

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

Long spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Syrah based Rhone blend from Columbia Valley. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but better as it opens up and shows the tannins and structure. Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

Fruit forward with nice complexity. A good quality wine. Spicy, tasty and tangy.

I paired it with a beautiful view, but was even better with the Brie cheese.

A blend of 51% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 19% Grenache. Aged for 22 months in French oak barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$35.

Sinclair Estate Vineyards Columbia Valley Pentatonic Red Wine 2013, Washington State

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

Deep ruby in color with a wide reddish /brick rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black currants, wood, vanilla, cola, earth, licorice, spices, coffee, pencil lead, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco and metals.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, wood, earth, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, bitter herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead and dark chocolates.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Merlot based Bordeaux Blend from Washington State. Easy drinking and tangy.

This 7 year old is Nicely balanced with mild complexity and is peaking now. Elegant, gracious and soft.

Good by itself or with food and good right out of the bottle.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

I paired it with cheeses and fresh vegetables.

A blend of 53% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. A very small production of only 19 barrels.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$40.

Chateau Ste Michelle Indian River Red Blend 2015, Columbia Valley, Washington State

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, black cherries, strawberries, figs, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, pencil lead, beef jerky, light chocolates and peppercorn. A very nice nose.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light coffee and black pepper.

Tangy finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Washington red blend is very enjoyable. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Easy drinking, fruity and tasty.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 60 minutes of airtime. Will be better in a year or two, as it becomes more complex.

A good wine to sip on by the porch, and good for parties too. Just delicious.

A blend of 46% Syrah, 32% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 6% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre, 2% Viognier and 2% Cinsaut. Aged for 20 months in 51% New French and American oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$18.

Canoe Ridge Vineyard Red Blend 2015 Columbia Valley, Washington State

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, peppercorn, chocolates and light barnyard.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, wood, vanilla, cloves, green vegetables, dark coffee, chocolates, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a simple Red Blend from Columbia Valley. Fruit forward with light earth notes. Very drinkable though.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes).

13.9% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$17.

Mark Ryan Winery The Dissident 2012 Columbia Valley, Washington State

For International Merlot day I’m going with a Bordeaux blend from Columbia Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Soft nose of blueberries, plums, wood, licorice, oak, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, vinaigrette, forest floor, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, bitter herbs, black tea and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, green herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, vegetables, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a nice surprise. A great Bordeaux Blend from Washington State. Well balanced and earthy with a nice mouthfeel and a tangy ending, that I really liked.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (90 minutes).

Might have been better a year or two ago, even though, this was a great vintage and it’s showing great complexity.

Thank you Scott for sharing.

I paired it with cheeses, meats and light appetizers.

A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 12% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
A production of 95 barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$35.

Columbia Winery Columbia Valley Red Blend 2016, Washington State

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, sweet cherries, plums, licorice, light oak, vanilla, spices, leather, earth, smoke, vegetables, bitter herbs, fresh parsley and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, wood, cloves, vanilla, tobacco, chocolates, cocoa, spices, espresso, cola, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

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

This is an above-average Red Blend from Columbia Valley in Washington State. Well-balanced with nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes).

A good everyday wine. Good by itself or with food. I paired it with soft and hard cheeses.

A blend of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

85 points.

$15.

Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Les Chevaux Red Blend 2014, Washington State

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Very fruity nose of blackberries, black cherries, raisins, figs, wood, light vanilla, licorice, coffee, mocha, milk chocolates, earth and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry to off dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coffee, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

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

This is a nice red blend from Washington State. Balanced with mild complexity. Has some residual sugar, and might be too sweet for some. I had it chilled, and that was better.

Good right out of the bottle, but better after 90 minutes in a decanter. This won’t last too long, so if you have this 4 year old blend, drink up.

A blend of 63% Syrah, 33% Merlot and 4% Viognier.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$14.

Airfield Estates Bombshell Red Vineyard Salute 2011 Yakima Valley, Washington State

Dirty Ruby in color with a reddish rim.

On the nose, blueberries, currants, oak, cloves, raspberries, spices, vinaigrette, tobacco, bitter herbs, earth, vegetables and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, tart cherries, cranberries, raspberries, wood, licorice, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather, smoke and vegetables.

Medium on the finish with no tannins and tart cranberries.

This Washington Red Blend is over the hill for some time now. Unbalanced and simple with a soft mouthfeel. As it opens up it becomes even more tart.

A blend of 57% Syrah, 16% Malbec, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Sangiovese, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.

13.1% alcohol by volume.

78 points.

$20.