Tag: Walla Walla Valley

Horsepower Vineyards High Contrast Vineyard Syrah 2018, Walla Walla Valley

This is a great quality Syrah from Washington State. Very stinky, in a good way. I had it blind and called it just by smelling it.

Harsh on the palate with black fruits, oak, spices, vanilla, peppercorn, wet leaves, earth, olives, mushrooms, vegetables, tobacco and espresso.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity. Very rich and extracted.

Dry and fruit forward with great complexity.

Thank you Barry for sharing.

Took 3 hours to open up, and it may  not have been enough time.

Still extremely young and would be better in 5 years. Will age nicely in the next 25 years. A 95+ point wine in 10 years.

I paired it with heavy appetizers.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$200.

L’Ecole No. 41 Winery Yakima Valley Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2020, Washington State



Pale lemon in color with a golden hue.

Nice gentle nose of flowers, citrus, tangerines, honey, white peaches, green apples, almonds, light spices and white pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with ripened green apples, spices, bitter herbs, black pepper and earth.

Tangy finish with bitter almonds.

This is a nice Chenin Blanc from Washington State. Easy drinking with a nice buttery mouthfeel. A New World wine with a touch of France.

Good by itself or with food.
Good right out of the bottle, and gets earthier as it opens up.

A good everyday wine and good for parties or the pool.

I paired it with a grilled octopus and Australian prawn on a bed of squid ink Pappardelle.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$17.

L’Ecole No 41 Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Walla Walla Valley, Washington State



Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Soft nose of blueberries, black plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, eucalyptus, tobacco, dark coffee, earth, herbs, spices, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

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

Tangy finish with green tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley is starting to drink nicely now. Showing a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity, with some green notes, that show up as it opens up.

Needs time to open up properly. I gave it 90 minutes, but it might needs even longer.

Still young, but showing good potential. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Really nice with the double cream Brie cheese with wild mushrooms.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (35% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$39.

L’Ecole No 41 Winery Frenchtown 2019, Columbia Valley, Washington State



Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black currants, oak, spices, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, light alcohol, blueberries, light earth, pencil lead, coffee, chocolates and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

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

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a young red blend from Columbia Valley. Fruit forward with a nice mouthfeel.

A good everyday wine to sip on by the porch. Easy drinking, tangy and interesting.

Good now, and will be better in a couple of years. Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 45% Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Syrah and Grenache. Aged for 9 months in neutral oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$22.

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.

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.