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Wine Enthusiast Reviews for June 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for June 2017. Wines are listed alphabetically by winery. Read additional information on how I review wines here. All of these reviews are freely available on-line at the Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide. There is also a freely available Wine Enthusiast Tasting Guide app. See previous Wine Enthusiast reviews re-published in this space here. Search Wine Enthusiast's on-line database here.

188 wines reviewed in the June issue of Wine Enthusiast. They include two high quality wines from Avennia (Avennia 2014 Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley $3591 pointsAvennia 2014 Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley $4092 points).

The 2014 Bordeaux-style releases from Betz Family Winery do not disappoint, including the Betz Family 2014 Clos de Betz Red Blend Columbia Valley ($6092 points); Betz Family 2014 Père de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley ($7593 points); and Betz Family 2014 Heart of the Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain ($11093 points).

Covington Cellars offers up a strong set of releases (Covington 2012 Sangiovese Columbia Valley $2791 pointsCovington 2012 Petite Sirah Columbia Valley $4091 pointsCovington 2012 Ma Belle Olsen Vineyard Red Blend Yakima Valley $4592 points).

DeLille Cellars provides two age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignons (DeLille 2014 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $6993 pointsDeLille 2014 Shaw Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $6593 points) and also a standout version of its D2 Bordeaux-style blend (DeLille 2014 D2 Bordeaux-style Red Blend Columbia Valley $4893 points).

Gramercy Cellars continues its strong track record with its Gramercy 2014 Forgotten Hills Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley ($6092 points); Gramercy 2014 L’Idiot du Village Mourvèdre Columbia Valley ($4293 points); Gramercy 2014 Lagniappe Syrah Columbia Valley ($6092 points).

Sightglass Cellars, a new project from Sean Boyd (formerly of Woodinville Wine Cellars) starts out with a strong set of inaugural releases (Sightglass 2016 Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $2291 pointsSightglass 2014 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $4091 pointsSightglass 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $4592 points).

Structure Cellars impresses with its Structure 2014 Foundation Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley ($3891 points); Structure 2014 Foundation Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley ($3891 points); and Structure 2014 Foundation Syrah Columbia Valley ($3591 points).

Two Vintners continues to hit home runs, and one of the better values you’ll ever see in Washington wine is the Two Vintners 2014 Syrah Columbia Valley ($2193 points). Also check out the Two Vintners 2014 StoneTree Vineyard Zinfandel Wahluke Slope ($3091 points); Two Vintners 2014 Some Days Are Stones Stoney Vine Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley ($5093 points); Two Vintners 2014 Some Days Are Diamonds May’s Discovery Vineyard Syrah Horse Heaven Hills ($5092 points); and Two Vintners 2016 Boushey Vineyard Grenache Blanc Yakima Valley ($2591 points).

In terms of value wines, you can’t do much better that the Kiona 2014 Estate Bottled Lemberger Red Mountain ($1590 points). The Lone Birch 2014 Syrah Yakima Valley ($1389 points) is also a standout.

Enjoy!

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14 Hands 2014 Hot to Trot Red Blend Columbia Valley $10 87 points
Aromas of toast, char and black fruit are followed by lightly sweet blue and black fruit flavors. It goes down easy. Best Buy

14 Hands 2015 The Reserve Rosé of Grenache Horse Heaven Hills $24 86 points
This watermelon-colored wine brings aromas of strawberry and herb. It drinks dry with a fleshy feel to the fruit flavors, needing a bit more acidity to stand it up.

14 Hands 2014 The Reserve Grenache Horse Heaven Hills $30 88 points
Aromas of raspberry, vanilla and herb are followed by ripe lush fruit and barrel flavors. It brings a sense of hedonism while maintaining its balance.

14 Hands 2015 The Reserve Dry Gewürztraminer Horse Heaven Hills $22 85 points
Aromas of white flowers, lychee and grapefruit peel lead to dry fruit flavors that seem to lack concentration, with a bitter note on the finish.

14 Hands NV Brut Methode Champenoise Rosé Columbia Valley $15 87 points
Lemon peel, brioche and raspberry aromas take the lead on this pale pink wine. It drinks quite sweet for a brut but still delivers enjoyment with its raspberry flavors.

14 Hands 2015 Riesling Washington $10 87 points
Bright aromas of ripe peach, lime zest, flowers and canned pear lead to off-dry peach and apricot flavors. It brings a lot of appeal. Best Buy

14 Hands 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Washington $10 85 points
Reserved aromas of kiwi and banana lead to dry lightly styled grapefruit flavors. The concentration doesn’t seem all there. Best Buy

14 Hands 2015 Hot to Trot White Blend Columbia Valley $10 85 points
Aromas of Bosc pear and candle wax lead to off-dry fruit flavors. It brings some easy-drinking appeal but lacks a sense of clarity. Best Buy

14 Hands 2014 The Reserve Syrah Horse Heaven Hills $30 87 points
Smoke, char and dark fruit aromas are followed by full-bodied blackberry flavors. The tannins bring some grittiness that holds it back.

14 Hands 2014 The Reserve G-M-V Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills $30 87 points
Principally Grenache (55%) and Mourvèdre (43%) topped off with a pinch of Viognier, this wine brings barrel-forward aromas of vanilla, toast and char along with red fruit. The cherry and plum flavors are lush, full and creamy but they struggle to get beyond the oak treatment.

18401 Cellars 2014 Proprietary Bordeaux-style Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $75 91 points
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (36%) and Petit Verdot from the Seven Hills and Loess vineyards, aromas of dried high-toned herb, cocoa and barrel spice intermingle on a wine that has yet to fully reveal its charms. The palate offers cranberry and dark-cherry flavors that create an exquisite sense of freshness and balance.

18401 Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $75 92 points
This is 100% varietal, coming from the esteemed Seven Hills Vineyard. The wine offers nuanced aromas of cherry meats and an herbal top note. The cranberry and cherry flavors are elegant, soft and sumptuous, showing a compelling styling and an impeccable sense of balance that carries all the way through the finish. Cabernet has seldom seemed so pretty.

Abeja 2015 Chardonnay Washington $40 90 points
This wine brings crystal clear aromas of candy corn, summer squash, clarified butter, spice and whiffs of tropical fruit. The palate is elegant in style, showing nuance and detail to the straw flavors that lead to a warm finish.

Abeja 2013 Heather Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $62 90 points
This 100% varietal wine brings nuanced aromas of herb, pencil lead, vanilla bean and barrel spice. On the palate, it’s reserved with lightly grainy tannins and a tart cranberry-filled finish.

Abeja 2014 Merlot Columbia Valley $45 91 points
The aromas bring notes of dried herb, vanilla bean, wood spice and black cherry. The flavors are rich and luscious, supported by plump ripe tannins. The finish lingers.

Angel Vine 2013 Stonetree Vineyard Zinfandel Columbia Valley $24 88 points
Bright aromas of raspberry, herb, cigar box and dried cranberry are followed by full-bodied cranberry and raspberry flavors. It delivers enjoyment but seems a bit dried out.

Angel Vine 2015 The Cluster Fus Red Blend Columbia Valley $28 91 points
This wine is 80% Mourvèdre, 11% Zinfandel and 9% Primitivo. The aromas are bright and fresh, with notes of raspberry, red plum and spice. The flavors are pure and tart, bringing a real sense of vibrancy to the core cranberry flavor. Editor's Choice

Angel Vine 2013 The Hellion Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 87 points
This wine is a blend of Primitivo (46%), Petite Sirah (29%) and Zinfandel. Aromas of huckleberry, raspberry, herb and spice lead to sweet blue-fruit flavors that provide enjoyment.

Archeus 2014 Genesis Syrah Red Mountain $38 89 points
This wine all comes from Red Heaven Vineyard. Aromas of barrel spice, dark fruit and black licorice are followed by full-bodied black-fruit flavors backed by grainy tannins, with baking spice flavors lingering on the finish. It provides a lot of appeal.

Archeus 2013 Two Storms Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $54 87 points
A blend of fruit from up-and-coming Red Heaven and Scooteney Flats vineyards, this wine brings aromas of game, medicine cabinet and cherry. The fruit flavors are soft in feel, seeming somewhat dried out.

Armstrong Family 2015 Dineen Vineyard Riesling Yakima Valley $18 84 points
The aromas are surprisingly light considering the variety, with whiffs of both lime and peach. It drinks dry, with the variety difficult to discern.

Armstrong Family 2015 Lawrence Vineyards Viognier Columbia Valley $22 87 points
Lees, peach and cream aromas are followed by dry stone-fruit flavors. It runs a little hot.

Auclair 2014 96 Cedars Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 87 points
Aromas of barrel spice, dried green herb, dried fruit and game lead to quite sweet black-cherry flavors, with gamy notes on the finish. It seems a bit dried out.

Avennia 2014 Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley $35 91 points
This wine is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc. Aromas of plum, dried herb, cocoa and barrel spice are followed by reserved fruit and savory flavors. It shows a sense of poise and polish.

Avennia 2014 Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley $40 92 points
This wine is a blend of Grenache (45%), Mourvèdre (36%) and 19% Syrah. Reserved aromas of dark berry and herb lead to vibrant fruit flavors that display a lovely sense of texture and detail. The balance and combination of richness and restraint is exquisite, as is the finish. It impresses. Editor's Choice

Basel Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $36 87 points
Aromas of red fruit, cherry meat, herb and pencil lead are followed by full fruit flavors. It pulls up on the finish.

Basel Cellars 2013 Claret Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 88 points
This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot offers aromas of cranberry, cherry, mesquite, vanilla and herb. The fruit flavors are sleek and elegant, lingering on the finish.

Basel Cellars 2013 Inspired Red Blend Columbia Valley $46 86 points
A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this wine brings disjointed lightly volatile aromas of wood spice, vanilla and cherry. The plump cherry flavors are rounded out by woody barrel notes.

Basel Cellars 2013 Red Wine Malbec Columbia Valley $36 88 points
Herb, flower and exotic spice aromas lead to broad creamy-feeling fruit flavors that persist on the finish.

Basel Cellars 2013 Estate Double River Vineyard Merlot Walla Walla Valley $32 85 points
Aromas of herb and red fruit lead to dried out but lightly gamy fruit flavors.

Betz Family 2014 Clos de Betz Red Blend Columbia Valley $60 92 points
Merlot (71%) takes the lead on this blend followed by Cabernet Sauvignon (19%) and Petit Verdot. It opens with aromas of herb, plum, pencil lead, smoke and barrel spice. The palate packs a mouthful of red and black-fruit flavors, showing an impeccable sense of balance and styling, followed by an extended finish. Editor's Choice

Betz Family 2014 Père de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $75 93 points
Boysenberry, black fruit, bay leaf, plum and spice aromas are followed by intense but still well-balanced dark-fruit flavors. It stretches out on the finish, drinking extremely well now, but its best days are in front of it. Best from 2023–2030. Cellar Selection

Betz Family 2014 Heart of the Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $110 93 points
This aromatic brooder shows notes of dark cherry, barrel spice, pencil lead, vanilla and herb, along with a light floral note. The palate has nuance and detail with balance that is impressive. Give it some time in the cellar to strut its stuff. Best after 2023. Cellar Selection

Block Wines 2014 Ankleroller Block Stoney Vine Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $50 92 points
The aromas jump out of the glass, with notes of dried orange peel, fresh white flowers, herb, smoked meat, moist earth and potpourri. The palate is plush and lush with abundant fruit and savory flavors, with floral and gravel notes threaded throughout. It’s as much about feel as flavor. Editor's Choice

Block Wines 2015 Tauro Block Boushey Vineyard Semillon Yakima Valley $20 88 points
It’s rare to see Sémillon coming out of this esteemed vineyard. This somewhat unusual wine brings bright aromas of lime verbena, pear and herb that lead to lean dry, lightly smoky flavors backed by tart acidity.

Block Wines 2014 Discovery Vineyard Block 1 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $55 88 points
This wine comes from an up-and-coming vineyard site. Very varietal aromas of black cherry, herb and cedar give way to soft fruit flavors and lightly grainy tannins. The tart acidity keeps the interest high. Put it on the dinner table to see it at its best.

Bonair 2012 Chateau Puryear Vineyard Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc Rattlesnake Hills $15 90 points
Aromas of wood spice, herb and cherry lead to rich, palate-staining black-fruit flavors. It shows a lovely sense of balance. Best Buy

Bonair 2012 Chateau Puryear Vineyard Estate Bottled Malbec Rattlesnake Hills $24 90 points
A fascinating interpretation of this variety, this wine brings aromas of freshly peeled orange, sweet herb, flower and maraschino cherry. The flavors are fruit forward and plush, delivering loads of enjoyment with intriguing savory accents. It doesn’t seem entirely varietal but who cares?

Bonair 2013 Chateau Puryear Vineyard Estate Bottled Petit Verdot Rattlesnake Hills $24 88 points
Varietal offerings of Petit Verdot from this appellation are an extreme rarity. Aromas of violets, soil and slightly dried-out dark fruit are followed by full weighty fruit flavors with well-integrated tannins and lemon-twist flavors on the finish.

Bonair 2013 Chateau Puryear Vineyard Estate Bottled Merlot Rattlesnake Hills $24 88 points
Prominent aromas of toast, dried cranberry, herb and cherry lead to straight down the fairway to more cranberry flavor. It delivers a lot of appeal.

Bonair 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima Valley $13 86 points
The aromas start out barrel forward, with notes of vanilla and wood spice followed by dried cherry and herb. The flavors are extremely sweet, seeming slightly dried out.

Bonair 2013 Morrison Vineyard Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hills $40 86 points
Lightly volatile aromas of vanilla, barrel spice and cherry lead to dried-out cranberry flavors. It seems to show more age than it should.

Cedar River Cellars 2013 Ava’s Crush Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hills $33 83 points
The aromas bring notes of cocoa, green herb and purple fruit, seeming more evolved than its age might indicate, while also bringing along some volatility. The palate shows gamy fruit flavors that seem a bit dried out.

Cedar River Cellars 2014 Confluence Red Blend Columbia Valley $30 83 points
Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon each make up 45% of this wine, with the balance Malbec. It comes off as quite green, with notes of bell pepper and green herb, along with unusual mesquite flavors. The alcohol pokes through on both the aromas and palate.

Cloudlift Cellars 2014 Ascent Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley $28 88 points
This wine beguiles with its aromas of dark plum, huckleberry and spice. The palate is elegant in style, framed by coffee accents.

Cloudlift Cellars 2014 Stratus Petit Verdot Yakima Valley $32 89 points
Brooding aromas of vanilla, mocha and herb lead to a palate full of fresh acids and firm, but not unrelenting tannins. It’s an intriguing example of the variety.

Cloudlift Cellars 2014 Zephyr G-S-M Columbia Valley $34 89 points
Syrah (44%) takes the lead on this blend with the rest equally split between the two varieties. Aromas of flowers, blueberry, spice and herb are followed by ripe yet elegant flavors and a mocha-filled finish.

Cloudlift Cellars 2014 Halcyon Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $30 88 points
A good chunk of this wine comes from old-vine plantings at Bacchus Vineyard. Herb, barrel spice and mocha aromas lead to reserved cherry flavors, backed by lightly grainy tannins, with mocha flavors on the finish.

Cloudlift Cellars 2014 Panorama Merlot Columbia Valley $26 90 points
The cherry flavors are rich and broad in feel while the aromas are considerably less generous. If they both come together it could move up a notch or two.

Columbia Crest 2014 Grand Estates Red Blend Columbia Valley $12 88 points
Merlot and Cabernet Franc make up the majority of this blend. Aromas of blue fruit, herb, pencil lead and barrel spice are followed by smooth plum flavors. Milk chocolate notes persist on the finish. Best Buy

Columbia Crest 2015 Reserve Boushey Vineyard Grenache Blanc Yakima Valley $28 84 points
Light aromas of rose petal, herb and spice lead to dry, white grapefruit flavors that fall a bit flat.

Columbia Crest 2015 Reserve Zirkle Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills $24 84 points
This wine starts out a bit reduced before it opens to display aromas of kiwi, pineapple and pink grapefruit. The flavors drink dry and seem quite dilute.

Columbia Crest 2015 Reserve Chenin Blanc Horse Heaven Hills $26 87 points
Light aromas of white peach and flowers are followed by elegantly styled, off-dry stone-fruit flavors. It provides intrigue but doesn’t entirely deliver.

Columbia Crest 2015 Reserve Dry Art Den Hoed Vineyard Riesling Yakima Valley $28 87 points
Single-vineyard Rieslings are rare in the state, especially dry ones. This one offers aromas of green apple and lime zest that lead to dry citrus filled flavors.

Columbia Crest 2014 Crowdsourced Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $30 87 points
Decisions on the viticulture and winemaking for this wine were all crowdsourced by the winery. Light aromas of herb and barrel spice lead to plush, easy-drinking blue-fruit flavors that linger on the finish.

Columbia Crest 2014 H3 Merlot Horse Heaven Hills $15 88 points
The aromas on this wine are quite reticent but the palate delivers plenty of smooth, sensuous cherry and vanilla flavors. Dark chocolate notes persist on the finish.

Columbia Crest 2015 Grand Estates Unoaked Chardonnay Columbia Valley $12 86 points
Light aromas of apple and pear lead to broad dry flavors. It delivers easy-drinking appeal.

Columbia Crest 2014 Grand Estates Limited Release Gold Red Blend Columbia Valley $12 87 points
Merlot and Cabernet Franc make up the majority of this blend. Aromas of blue fruit, toast, chocolate and barrel spice are followed by smooth, polished fruit and barrel flavors that provide easy-drinking appeal. Best Buy

Columbia Crest 2014 Grand Estates Merlot Columbia Valley $12 87 points
Barrel spice notes are at the fore followed by milk chocolate and plum. The palate is easy drinking with milk chocolate and vanilla flavor backed by lightly grainy tannins. Best Buy

Covington 2012 Sangiovese Columbia Valley $27 91 points
Boushey Vineyard makes up two-thirds of this wine, with the rest coming from Seven Hills. Fruit-forward aromas of cranberry, cherry, plum and spice lead to a thoroughly charming fruit-laden palate that shows a lot of purity. It’s unabashed in its appeal.

Covington 2012 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $35 89 pointsThis 100% varietal wine comes from Dineen, Seven Hills, StoneTree and Olsen vineyards. The aromas are reserved, showing abundant savory notes along with a kiss of oak spice. The palate is elegant and soft, leaning into the variety’s savory side, with smoky notes on the finish.

Covington 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $60 89 points
With all of the fruit coming from Dineen Vineyard, this wine brings aromas of vanilla, herb, cherry and slightly dried-out fruit. It’s medium bodied, with cherry flavors on the finish.

Covington 2012 Petite Sirah Columbia Valley $40 91 points
A blend of fruit from Kiona and StoneTree vineyards, this wine shows aromas of smoke, incense, ground gravel and purple fruit. The palate is full bodied, with firm yet still well-refined tannins. It’s a beautiful example of the variety.

Covington 2012 Ma Belle Olsen Vineyard Red Blend Yakima Valley $45 92 points
This wine is 80% Grenache, with the balance equal parts Cinsault and Syrah. It brings very pretty perfumed aromas of dried flowers, herb, plum, olive and earth. The flavors show crystalline purity, completely captivating, with orange peel notes on the finish. It’s as much about feel as flavor. Editor's Choice

Covington 2013 Rough House Bordeaux-style Red Blend Columbia Valley $21 88 points
This wine is equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc, topped off with Petit Verdot (4%). Hailing from Dineen, Olsen, Stone Tree, Sheridan and Kiona vineyards, it offers aromas of herb, vanilla, and slightly raisinated-seeming fruit. Plush, rich flavors cap it off.

Coyote Canyon 2014 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Roussanne Horse Heaven Hills $18 85 points
The aromas are light, with notes of red apple, pear and lees. It drinks off dry, with the fruit seeming a bit overripe. The variety gets lost.

Coyote Canyon 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primitivo Horse Heaven Hills $25 85 points
The aromas smell disjointed, with notes of barrel spice, vanilla and maple syrup. The palate is quite sweet and ripe, with abundant baking-spice accents.

Coyote Canyon 2014 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Albariño Horse Heaven Hills $18 85 points
Aromas of pear, petroleum jelly and flowers lead medium-sweet stone and tropical-fruit flavors. It needs more acid to balance out all of the sugar.

Coyote Canyon 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Tempranillo Horse Heaven Hills $25 85 points
Maple and sweet spice aromas are followed by medium-bodied fruit and barrel flavors. Baking-spice flavors linger on the finish. The oak stands out.

Coyote Canyon 2012 G.W. Smith H/H Estate Reserve Malbec Horse Heaven Hills $38 83 points
Aromas of cocoa, blue fruit, herb and spice are followed by dried-out fruit flavors. Medicinal and game notes linger on the finish.

Coyote Canyon 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $25 83 points
The aromas start out quite reduced, providing significant distraction. The bell-pepper flavors are light and show a bit of age.

DeLille 2014 Doyenne Red Blend Yakima Valley $42 92 points
Equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the aromas start out quiet, with notes of cherry, wood spice and dark fruit. The flavors are reserved and polished, showing an exquisite sense of balance and a lingering finish.

DeLille 2015 Chaleur Estate Blanc White Blend Columbia Valley $39 89 points
This wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (73%) and Sémillon. Aromas of tropical fruit (that include kiwi and pineapple, along with toast and herb) lead to sleek spicy fruit flavors, with generous tropical flavors on the finish. It needs some time to settle in but shows a lovely sense of balance.

DeLille 2014 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $69 93 points
This 100% varietal wine is a blend of fruit from Grand Ciel (42%), Upchurch (31%), Ciel du Cheval (19%) and Klipsun vineyards. Wound-up aromas of black cherry and barrel spice are followed by pitch-black-fruit flavors, with the tannins combed to a fine sheen. It flat out impresses. Editor's Choice

DeLille 2014 Shaw Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $65 93 points
The aromas are brooding, with notes of plum, barrel spice, incense and black cherry. The palate is rich and concentrated with blackberry flavors, backed by firm tannins that need some time to settle in. It’s high on the hedonistic scale. Editor's Choice

DeLille 2014 Red Willow Vineyard Malbec Yakima Valley $49 89 points
Coming from an esteemed vineyard best known for its Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine offers beguiling, very varietal aromas of plum, fresh herb and spice. The palate is soft and silky, showing a lot of elegance, with plenty of barrel accents.

DeLille 2014 Merlot Yakima Valley $49 88 points
This 100% varietal wine offers predominant aromas of wood spice along with herb and dark fruit. The palate is medium bodied, showing a mixture of fruit and barrel.

DeLille 2015 Roussanne Red Mountain $35 88 points
The aromas are light, with notes of herb and stone fruit that don’t seem to have fully ripened. The palate is full and broad but seems to lack a sense of clarity.

DeLille 2014 Signature Syrah Yakima Valley $46 91 points
Aromas of dark fruit and wood spice lead to cranberry and cherry flavors. It shows a sense of poise.

DeLille 2014 Quintessence Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $55 92 points
Malbec makes up just over two-thirds of this blend, with the balance Cabernet. Aromas of bay leaf, plum, green herb and barrel spice are followed by sweet lush fruit flavors that bring a sense of layering and density. Give it some time to open up.

DeLille 2014 D2 Bordeaux-style Red Blend Columbia Valley $48 93 points
This wine is a blend of Merlot (58%), Cabernet Sauvignon (36%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot. Vibrant aromas of cherry meats, raspberry, dried herb and barrel spice are followed by a fruit-forward flavorful palate backed by firm tannins. It has a high yum factor.

DeLille 2014 Métier Red Blend Yakima Valley $42 92 points
Mourvèdre (40%) makes up the majority of this blend, followed by Grenache (37%), Syrah (19%) and Cinsault. It’s locked up at present with brooding aromas of iron, cherry and dark berries that are followed by power-packed fruit flavors that show a pleasing sense of balance. It’s bold but shows no shortage of detail.

Drumheller 2014 Merlot Columbia Valley $12 85 points
After starting out quite reduced on first pour, this wine reveals slightly sweet black-fruit flavors. A light grip of tannins provide support.

Drumheller 2014 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $12 86 points
Aromas of vanilla, char and toast lead to light creamy stone fruit and canned-corn flavors. It provides appeal but the oak seems overweighted.

Dumas Station 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $38 88 points
Aromas of dried cranberry, raspberry, vanilla, dill and spice are followed by velvety fruit and barrel flavors that show a lovely sense of balance. It provides plenty of interest but the barrel notes seem a bit too predominant.

Dumas Station 2014 Cowcatcher Red Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $24 87 points
Reserved aromas of cherry, cranberry, pencil lead and barrel spice lead to sweet fruit flavors back by lightly grainy tannins.

Dusted Valley 2015 Olsen Vineyard Chardonnay Yakima Valley $34 88 points
Cream and spice aromas lead to a palate accented by peach and lees flavors that stretch out the finish.

Eight Bells 2014 Red Willow Vineyard Viognier Yakima Valley $NA 88 points
Pale straw in color, this white has aromas of toast and cream that lead to a full-feeling palate backed by a lick of lemony acidity and barrel flavors. It brings enjoyment but it’s hard to discern the variety.

Frost Bitten 2015 Riesling Yakima Valley $14 89 points
The aromas leap out of the glass, with notes of potpourri, dried orange peel and honey. It drinks sweet, with viscous-feeling flower and marmalade flavors, with white flowers lingering on the finish.

Gordon Estate 2016 Rosé of Malbec Columbia Valley $17 85 points
This pale-salmon-colored wine offers aromas of bubble gum, herb and hard cherry candy. It drinks dry, with flavors that come up short.

Gordon Estate 2015 Reserve Estate Grown Chardonnay Columbia Valley $28 88 points
Golden in color, this wine starts out lightly reduced, followed by aromas of clarified butter and pear. The flavors are creamy and full in feel, lingering on the finish.

Grace Lane 2015 Riesling Yakima Valley $12 85 points
Aromas of peach, herb and flowers are followed by off-dry lightly spritzy lime and stone-fruit flavors. It lacks a sense of cohesion.

Gramercy 2014 Forgotten Hills Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $60 92 points
Aromas of fresh high-toned mortared herbs, raw meat, dried flowers, spice and dark fruit lead to broad yet elegant fruit and savory flavors. It brings a lovely sense of texture and freshness.

Gramercy 2014 John Lewis Syrah Walla Walla Valley $85 91 points
This wine all comes from Block 46 of Les Collines Vineyard and was fermented 100% whole cluster in a mixture of concrete and stainless steel. This vineyard’s signature violet aromas are accented by plum, smoked meat and herb. The palate is elegantly styled with tart, fresh acids and plenty of hang time on the finish.

Gramercy 2014 L’Idiot du Village Mourvèdre Columbia Valley $42 93 points
The aromas are brooding, with notes of red fruit, plum, assorted herbs and high-toned spices. The red fruit flavors are pure and layered, bringing a whole lot of hedonistic pleasure while showing exquisite balance. Editor's Choice

Gramercy 2014 Lagniappe Syrah Columbia Valley $60 92 points
Brooding aromas of fresh herb, flowers, plum and piercingly pure red fruit lead to an elegant pillowy palate. It shows an impeccable sense of balance along with a lingering finish.

Gramercy 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $95 92 points
This wine is a blend of fruit from Bacchus, Phinny Hill and Loess vineyards. Brooding aromas of black cherry, herb and barrel spice are followed by pitch-black blackberry and game flavors, backed by tightly coiled tannins. It comes off as a bit richer than the norm for this winery but still delivers the goods. Best after 2022.

Kiona NV Estate Pioneer Red Version I Red Blend Red Mountain $23 89 points
Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon make up the majority of this wine. Light aromas of herb, coffee bean and barrel spice lead to cranberry and cherry flavors that bring a lot of enjoyment.

Kiona 2015 Fortunate Sun Late Harvest Chenin Blanc Red Mountain $35 90 points
The aromas are vibrant, with notes of dried pineapple and brown sugar. The palate is sweet but maintains a sleek well-balanced styling.

Kiona 2014 Estate Bottled Lemberger Red Mountain $15 90 points
This wine has become a signature variety for this winery, and this vintage shows why. It brings aromas of cranberry and cherry that lead to ripe polished dark-fruit flavors. It’s near irresistible and an exceptional value. Best Buy

Kiona 2014 Estate Heart of the Hill Vineyard Malbec Red Mountain $35 88 points
Malbec is an extreme rarity in this tiny appellation. This one brings quite light cherry and spice aromas followed by quite sweet cherry flavors. It brings appeal but one wants more aromatically.

Kiona 2013 Estate Bottled Merlot Red Mountain $25 88 points
Light aromas of barrel spice and red and black fruit are followed by sweet fruit flavors. It delivers enjoyment, but the flavors seem slightly dried out.

Kirkland Signature 2014 Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $9 84 points
Merlot makes up just over three-quarters of this wine. Unusual aromas of brown stems, flowers and blue fruit lead to lightly sweet fruit flavors supported by dry puckering tannins. Overall, the concentration seems lacking.

Lone Birch 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima Valley $13 88 points
Dark berry, herb and blue-fruit aromas lead to silky fruit flavors. The tannins bring a slightly sticky feel to the finish. Best Buy

Lone Birch 2015 Red Blend Yakima Valley $13 86 points
A blend of six different varieties with Merlot and Syrah taking the lead, this wine brings aromas of toast, matchstick and cherry. The flavors are luscious and full, backed by lightly tacky tannins.

Lone Birch 2014 Syrah Yakima Valley $13 89 points
Aromas of dark plum, blue fruit and spice lead to full fruit flavors that show intensity, with vanilla flavors on the finish. The tannins show a slight grittiness that softens over time. Best Buy

Mas Chappell 2013 Jeremy’s Vineyard Merlot Yakima Valley $35 85 points
This wine brings fruit-forward aromas of cranberry, red Fruit Roll-Ups and spice. It’s tart, with the flavors seemingly lacking in concentration, backed by lightly gritty tannins.

Mas Chappell 2010 Copeland Vineyard Lemberger Yakima Valley $25 82 points
Volatile aromas lead to broad cranberry and raspberry flavors. It shows more age than its vintage might indicate.

Mas Chappell 2012 Pinot Noir Wahluke Slope $40 84 points
Volatile aromas are backed by abundant strawberry and cherry notes. The palate packs a mouthful of bold and puckering dried-cranberry flavors, backed by lightly astringent tannins.

Mas Chappell 2009 Morrison Vineyard Merlot Yakima Valley $40 82 points
Volatile aromas of cranberry, cherry and vanilla are followed by gritty lightly sweet cranberry and green-pepper flavors that show some astringency. The concentration seems lacking.

Mellisoni 2011 M Series Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $107 85 points
This wine seems quite evolved for its age, with aromas of leather and dried cranberry. It’s light bodied with gritty tannins.

Mellisoni 2016 45 Degrees White Blend Lake Chelan $45 85 points
This wine is a blend of Riesling (70%) and Gewürztraminer. It brings aromas of pear, lychee and white flowers that are followed by an off-dry palate. It needs some more acidity to pull it all together.

Mellisoni 2016 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $50 84 points
Apple and pear aromas are followed by lightly sweet rounded fruit flavors. It provides easy-drinking appeal but the sugar seems out of place.

Mellisoni 2016 180 Degrees Rosé Columbia Valley $35 82 points
This electric-pink-colored wine is a saignée-blend of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Barbera. Aromas of cherry and herb lead to broad off-dry tangy cherry flavors that don’t seem fully connected together.

Mellisoni 2016 Estate Pinot Grigio Lake Chelan $35 82 points
Aromas of wilted white flowers and ground herbs are followed by off-dry drinking fruit flavors, with peanut shell notes on the finish.

Mellisoni 2014 Malbec Columbia Valley $55 86 points
Aromas of cranberry, barrel spice and herb are followed by tart cranberry flavors with grainy tannins. It falls a bit flat and the variety seems hard to discern.

Mellisoni 2016 3 Bastards White Blend Columbia Valley $45 83 points
This wine is a blend of Roussanne (45%), Viognier (40%) and Chardonnay. Red apple and melon aromas are followed by medium-sweet fruit flavors. It needs more acidity to hold it together.

Mellisoni 2013 M Series Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $107 85 points
This seems like it came from a considerably cooler vintage and also like it has had some age. Light aromas of herb, wood spice, medicine cabinet, leather and mesquite are followed by tart light-bodied cranberry flavors. The tannins bring a slight sense of astringency.

Mercer 2015 Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills $13 87 points
Aromas of vanilla, baking spice, custard and pear lead to dry straw flavors. It delivers easy-drinking pleasure.

Mercer 2014 Reserve Cavalie Bordeaux-style Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills $40 87 points
Merlot (63%) makes up the majority of this wine, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon (25%) and Malbec. Brooding aromas of herb, pencil lead, vanilla and spice are followed by dry dark-fruit flavors. The midpalate seems lacking, and the tannins show a touch of astringency.

Mercer 2015 Reserve Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills $30 86 points
Aromas of vanilla, butter and barrel spice are followed by lightly styled fruit and barrel flavors. The concentration seems faint.

Mercer 2014 Eagle and Plow Block 93 Cavalie Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $100 89 points
This 100% varietal wine brings aromas of black tea, cocoa, herb, coffee, spice and black cherry. The palate is elegantly styled, with abundant vanilla accents and lightly gritty tannins. It needs time to stretch its legs.

Mercer 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $19 87 points
Barrel aromas are in the lead, with notes of toast, café au lait, vanilla and caramel. The palate is full of cherry and barrel flavors, backed by lightly gritty tannins. Vanilla notes persist on the finish.

Mercer 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $40 87 points
This wine brings aromas of caramel, blue fruit, barrel spice and herb that are followed by elegantly styled fruit flavors and gritty tannins, with a light bitter note that distracts.

Mercer Canyons 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $14 87 points
The aromas bring notes of green herb and purple fruit. The palate is barrel forward, with vanilla flavors up front and the tannins showing a touch of astringency.

Nine Hats 2014 Red Blend Columbia Valley $20 89 points
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah make up the majority of this blend. Aromas of dark plum, dried herb, black fruit and bittersweet chocolate are followed by full-bodied black-fruit flavors. It delivers a lot of enjoyment.

Nine Hats 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $25 90 points
Pleasing aromas of herb, spice, pencil lead, vanilla and black cherry lead to full-throttle fruit flavors backed by firm hefty tannins that bring some warmth along with them. It provides a lot of quality and value, though it’s not for the faint of heart.

Northstar 2013 Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $50 91 points
Merlot (63%) takes the lead on this blend followed by Cabernet Sauvignon (23%) and Cabernet Franc. The aromas seem somewhat wound up at present, with notes of wood spice, vanilla and fresh herb. The palate is über-smooth, showing a fine sense of balance and polish.

Ocelli 2013 Grenache Columbia Valley $30 90 points
This wine brings vibrant aromas of dried orange peel, raspberry, umami and potpourri. The flavors are medium bodied, fresh and pure, showing no new oak influence.

Ocelli 2013 Grenache Snipes Mountain $45 89 points
Light in color, perfumed aromas of potpourri, orange peel and red fruit give way to light, delicate fruit and savory flavors. It provides as lot of intrigue.

Ocelli 2012 Grenache Columbia Valley $30 88 points
This is the inaugural release from this winery, which dedicates itself to the production of Grenache. A blend of fruit from Alder Ridge and Upland vineyards, it brings aromas of red plum, herb and spice that are followed by elegant, mouthwatering red-fruit flavors. It shows the variety’s more delicate side.

Pacific Rim 2015 Dry Riesling Columbia Valley $11 87 points
The aromas bring notes of jasmine, lime zest and honeysuckle. It drinks dry, with lightly concentrated fruit flavors that lead to a floral finish. It provides enjoyment but the concentration doesn’t seem all there. Best Buy

Palencia 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $18 86 points
Vibrant aromas of pineapple, kiwi and gummy bear lead to just off-dry drinking flavors. The concentration seems a bit lacking.

Palencia 2016 Albariño Ancient Lakes $20 86 points
Vibrant aromas of ripe pear, white flowers and melon are followed by a just off-dry palate, with lean fruit flavors.

Palencia 2015 Pinot Noir Ancient Lakes $36 89 points
Pale in color, this wine offers bright aromas of potpourri and strawberry. The red-fruit flavors are full in feel, seeming overweighted at times but still bringing enjoyment, with a mouthwatering finish.

Pondera 2013 LTD Livin’ The Dream Red Blend Columbia Valley $42 86 points
Lightly volatile aromas of raspberry, vanilla bean, and cherry are followed by smooth fruit and barrel flavors. The oak seems to get in the way at times.

Pondera 2013 Vintners Reserve Cuveé Red Blend Columbia Valley $26 87 points
Aromas of vanilla, spice box, raspberry, dill and wood spice are followed by medium-bodied cherry flavors that linger.

Pondera 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $36 88 points
Cocoa, vanilla, and cherry aromas are followed by abundant black-cherry flavors supported by grainy slightly astringent tannins. It needs some time to settle in.

Ram 2014 Alder Ridge Vineyard Malbec Columbia Valley $25 85 points
This is an unusual example of this variety, with aromas of exotic spice, flowers and herb. The palate has tart cranberry flavors that seem lacking in concentration.

Ram 2014 Alder Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $25 86 points
The aromas are brooding, with notes of barrel spice and cherry. The flavors are tart and elegant in style, with lightly gritty tannins backing them up. Best suited to the dinner table.

Reasons 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $40 88 points
Herb, coffee and cherry aromas are followed by the sweet ripe taste of café au lait. A light grip of tannins provides support.

Robert Ramsay 2013 La Previa Red Blend Snipes Mountain $35 90 points
Grenache makes up half of this wine, with the rest equal parts Counoise and Cabernet Sauvignon. Herb, cherry, clove and pencil-eraser aromas lead to plump yet delicate red-fruit flavors that linger on the finish. It’s a very pretty wine.

Robert Ramsay 2014 McKinley Springs Vineyard Mourvèdre Horse Heaven Hills $35 89 points
This is the winery’s eighth vintage working with this block of this vineyard. Aromas of spice, herb and dark fruit lead to sleek pure sweet fruit flavors. It shows a lot of delicacy.

Robert Ramsay 2014 Red Heaven Counoise Red Mountain $35 91 points
Examples of this variety are rare in the state and this is one of the finest to date. High-toned aromas of smoke, raspberry and herb lead to piercingly pure cranberry and raspberry flavors. It shows texture, elegance and purity, with some warmth being the only thing that holds it back from going higher.

Robert Ramsay 2014 Upland Vineyards Grenache Snipes Mountain $35 88 points
Aromas of ripe red apple, spice and candied fruit are followed by cranberry flavors that are tart and pure in flavor and feel. It all wraps up with a sweet finish.

Robert Ramsay 2014 Syrah Columbia Valley $35 89 pointsThis wine is a blend of fruit from Dineen, Phinney Hill and McKinley Springs vineyards. Light aromas of cherry, raspberry, herb, flower and allspice are followed by sweet yet tart fruit flavors. It shows a pleasing sense of purity.

Robert Ramsay 2014 Par La Mer Rhône-style Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills $35 89 points
Mourvèdre (82%) makes up the majority of this wine, with the balance equal parts Cinsault and Grenache. A blend of fruit from McKinley Springs and Upland vineyards, it offers aromas of white pepper, herb and earth that leads to sweet pure fruit flavors that linger.

Robert Ramsay 2014 McKinley Springs Vineyard Cinsault Horse Heaven Hills $32 88 points
This is a rare 100% varietal, single vineyard example of this grape. Light in color, it brings aromas of gun smoke, herb and cherry, showing some reduction. The flavors are light and elegant, displaying a lot of delicacy.

Robert Ramsay 2014 Le Mien Rhône-style Red Blend Columbia Valley $35 89 points
Grenache makes up over half of this wine, with the rest Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault. Fresh fruit, raspberry and herb aromas are followed by sweet ripe red-fruit flavors. It hits the gong hard, showing some warmth on the finish.

Script 2013 Sommelier Series Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $35 90 points
This wine is a blend of Dionysus Cabernet Sauvignon and Benches Merlot (25%). Aromas of cedar, savory herb, barrel spice and cherry are followed by plush yet tart cranberry flavors. The finish lingers.

Script 2013 Turning Point Two Blondes Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima Valley $45 88 points
Aromas of assorted savory herbs—quite green—and light barrel spices are followed by grainy cherry flavors. The tannins come off as a bit dry but it still brings plenty of enjoyment.

Script 2013 Stage Right Red Blend Columbia Valley $35 91 points
This wine is a blend of Two Blondes Cabernet Franc (50%), Benches Merlot (34%) and Dionysus Cabernet Sauvignon. Appealing scents of green herb, dark cherry and barrel spice are followed by plentiful cranberry and cherry flavors. It shows an exquisite sense of balance along with a lengthy finish.

Sightglass 2014 Syrah-Grenache Columbia Valley $33 91 points
An equal split between these two varieties with the fruit coming from Stillwater Creek Vineyard, this wine brings vibrant aromas of bramble, raspberry and light barrel tones. The fruit is fresh and lively with a real snap to it, accented by creamy oak flavors.

Sightglass 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $45 92 points
Aromas of dried herb, dark plum coffee and barrel spice lead to exquisitely balanced dark-cherry flavors. Velvety tannins provide the frame.

Sightglass 2014 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $40 91 points
This wine, which is 100% varietal, brings aromas of fresh herbs, coffee, toast and char. The palate is rich with dark-fruit flavors while maintaining a lovely sense of balance.

Sightglass 2016 Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $22 91 points
This wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel. The aromas bring pure notes of apple, Bosc pear and candle wax. The palate is clear and crisp, with a creamy feel and long finish. It impresses. Editor's Choice

Silver Totem 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $19 88 points
The aromas seem a bit muddled. The palate brings reserved blue-fruit flavors, with peanut shell notes on the finish.

Snoqualmie 2015 ECO Chardonnay Columbia Valley $13 84 points
Quite light aromas are followed by dry, somewhat diluted fruit flavors. The variety seems to get lost and it drinks more like a generic white wine.

Snoqualmie 2014 Whistle Stop Red Blend Columbia Valley $10 84 points
Toast, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and barrel spice flavors are followed by a palate that mixes equal part fruit and barrel. It goes down easy.

Snoqualmie 2015 Winemaker’s Select Riesling Columbia Valley $8 86 points
The aromas seem to lack clarity, with white flower and orange rind notes struggling to get to the surface. It drinks medium sweet with abundant floral and orange-peel flavors that provide appeal. Best Buy

Structure 2014 Wallula Syrah Horse Heaven Hills $35 91 points
Wood spice, cherry and herb aromas are followed by luscious cherry flavors. It keeps you coming back for more with a high yum factor.

Structure 2014 Upland Malbec Snipes Mountain $40 91 points
This 100% varietal wine brings aromas of plum, green herb, vanilla and barrel spice. The flavors are sappy and full, showing a sense of polish.

Structure 2014 Foundation Syrah Columbia Valley $35 91 points
A mixture of blue fruit and herb aromas lead to fruit flavors that show restraint and polish. It’s a very pretty representation of the vintage.

Structure 2014 Foundation Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $38 91 points
Vibrant aromas of cherry, black currant, green herb and barrel spice are followed by polished fruit flavors that show depth and detail. It’s expressive on the finish.

Structure 2014 Foundation Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $38 91 points
Aromas of flowers, herb, wood spice and dark fruit lead to plentiful dark-berry flavors. It shows the warmth of the vintage.

Structure 2014 Bauhaus Syrah Columbia Valley $25 92 points
The aromas are quite locked up at present, with notes of cranberry, cherry, herb and wood spice. On the palate, the dark-fruit flavors show the warmth of the vintage, with a spine of firm tannins providing support.

Tamarack Cellars 2016 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $15 86 points
The aromas are bright, with notes of melon, pear and herb. It drinks dry, with tart lemony flavors. The concentration doesn’t seem all there.

Tamarack Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $36 91 points
Aromas of barrel spice, vanilla, cocoa powder and blue fruit lead to silky, well balanced fruit and barrel flavors. It has polish and poise.

Temporal 2014 Tempranillo Washington $20 87 points
Aromas of candied red apple and spice are followed by a lightly astringent palate backed by gritty tannins.

The Great Oregon Wine Company 2015 Rascal Pinot Gris Columbia Valley $11 83 points
Aromas of slightly overripe fruit lead to just off-dry fruit flavors. It lacks a sense of cohesion.

TruthTeller 2014 Pun Bordeaux-style Red Blend Columbia Valley $30 87 points
This wine is 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Malbec, 21% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Aromas of blue fruit, plum and green herb lead to dry, slightly astringent fruit flavors, with lemon twist notes on the finish.

TruthTeller 2015 Frolic Viognier Yakima Valley $20 87 points
Perfumed aromas of flowers, peach and hard candy lead to dry stone-fruit flavors. Its variety is unmistakable.

TruthTeller 2014 The Cynic Syrah Columbia Valley $40 88 points
This wine is equal parts Dineen (Yakima) and Patina (Walla Walla) vineyard fruit. Aromas of blue plum, savory herb and peppery spices lead to light elegant flavors that provide enjoyment.

TruthTeller 2014 Wisdom Red Blend Yakima Valley $35 87 points
Cabernet Sauvignon (57%) takes the lead on this wine, with the balance Merlot (19%), Cabernet Franc (19%) and Petit Verdot. Aromas of plum, vanilla and herb, along with a touch of cocoa powder lead to lightly styled fruit and barrel flavors.

TruthTeller 2014 Satire Red Blend Yakima Valley $35 86 points
Merlot (44%) and Cabernet Franc (30%) make up the majority of this wine, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Aromas of baking spice and blue fruit are followed by cocoa powder and blue fruit flavors. It comes off as quite dry.

TruthTeller 2014 The Madman Red Blend Columbia Valley $40 86 points
This wine is 60% Syrah with the rest equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Aromas of blue fruit and glue are followed by light-bodied flavors that show astringency.

Two Vintners 2014 StoneTree Vineyard Zinfandel Wahluke Slope $30 91 points
This is Zinfandel at its unabashed best, bringing aromas of vanilla, spice, raspberry and cranberry. The palate holds nothing back—full bodied and rich. It’s a heavy hitter but keeps its balance remarkably well.

Two Vintners 2014 Syrah Columbia Valley $21 93 points
This is a true pan-Washington Syrah, with fruit coming from Discovery, Olsen, Stone Tree, Pepper Bridge, Dineen, Stoney Vine, Yellow Jacket and Boushey vineyards—all top sites rarely seen in a bottle at this price. Scents of smoke, blue and black fruit, crushed flowers, sagebrush and herb leap out of the glass, demonstrating a lot of aromatic complexity. The palate shows intensity, purity and layering. Editor's Choice

Two Vintners 2014 Some Days Are Stones Stoney Vine Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $50 93 points
Vibrant, complex aromas of grilled asparagus, ember, tapenade, fresh herb, potpourri and moist earth lead to full abundant palate-coating fruit and savory flavors. It shows a very pretty sense of styling along with impeccable balance. Editor's Choice

Two Vintners 2013 Oliver Red Blend Columbia Valley $50 92 points
Petite Sirah makes up 60% of this wine, with the rest equal parts Syrah and Grenache. It brings aromas of herb, cherry, black licorice and spice. The palate is dense and structured, with layers of dark fruit flavors.

Two Vintners 2014 Legit Red Blend Columbia Valley $30 91 points
This wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (83%), with the balance smidgens of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The aromas bring notes of barrel spice, vanilla, herb, cherry and red and black fruit. The flavors are full and bold, with burly but not unyielding tannins giving support. Put it up against a juicy steak or give it some time in the cellar.

Two Vintners 2014 Some Days Are Diamonds May’s Discovery Vineyard Syrah Horse Heaven Hills $50 92 points
This wine has perfumed aromas of sagebrush, potpourri, herb, purple fruit and a light earthy note, showing a lot of nuance and detail. The palate has full palate-coating dark-plum flavors, with the emphasis on purity. Vibrant floral notes persist on the finish. This is the winery’s best example from this vineyard to date.

Two Vintners 2014 Lola Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $30 93 points
This wine is 70% Syrah and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, with fruit coming from Yellow Jacket, Stoney Vine and Pepper Bridge vineyards. Aromas of herb, ember, black cherry, earth, smoked meat and plum are followed by palate-coating, rich fruit and savory flavors, with enough tannic structure to benefit from some time in the cellar. Editor's Choice

Two Vintners 2016 Boushey Vineyard Grenache Blanc Yakima Valley $25 91 points
Blended with 25% Roussanne, this wine brings light aromas of straw, lees and spice. The palate is medium bodied, with tart lemony acidity followed by a lingering finish. It’s perhaps the best example of this variety from the state to date. Editor's Choice

Two Vintners 2013 Merlot Columbia Valley $32 89 points
Pepper Bridge fruit makes up the majority of this wine, with the balance coming from Sheridan and Olsen vineyards. It offers aromas of barrel spice, herb, anise and exotic spice that lead to pitch-black, ever-so-slightly dried-out fruit flavors.

Two Vintners 2014 Make Haste Olsen Vineyard Cinsault Yakima Valley $21 90 points
This is a rare single vineyard, 100% varietal bottling of Cinsault from the state. Aged 18 months in neutral oak, the focus is on freshness and purity and it brings plenty of both. Vibrant aromas of violets, potpourri, red fruit, orange peel and plum are followed by mesmerizingly pure fruit and savory flavors that linger on a long finish. A light oxidative note provides a touch of distraction.

Vino La Monarcha 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir Ancient Lakes $18 87 points
Pale pink in color, this wine brings aromas of strawberry Jolly Rancher and watermelon that are followed by a broad off-dry drinking palate. It delivers easy-drinking appeal.


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  1. Thanx Sean for the list and your time, it seems you missed publishing these three June reviews as well for CRC on your blog. I actually applaud the critique for it confirms what we are trying to do with our wine style.

    Cedar River Cellars 2014 Bella Bella Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))

    All coming from Burgess Vineyards, unusual aromas of gun smoke, purple fruit, ...

    89 Points Columbia Valley $32

    Cedar River Cellars 2014 It's a Long Way Barrel Select Cabernet Franc (Yakima Valley)

    Hailing from Two Blondes Vineyard, the aromas bring unusual, not entirely married ...

    87 Points Columbia Valley $40

    Cedar River Cellars 2014 Seattle's Son Malbec (Yakima Valley)

    Coming from Two Blondes Vineyard, aromas of baking spice, barrel spice, herb, ...

    87 Points Columbia Valley $40

     
  2. Thanks Micah! I actually see most of those listed with a July date so I'll be publishing them shortly. Best, Sean

     

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