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Sean P. Sullivan

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Bunnell Family Cellars is a small winery located in Prosser, Washington. Named after winemaker Ron Bunnell, the winery focuses on Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, and Rhone-style blends. RiverAerie, their second label wine, is named after their herb farm on the Yakima River. Bunnell’s 2005 releases are truly impressive. The 2006’s are expected to be released later this summer.

RiverAeirie Malbec 2006The nose on this wine evolved quite a bit after being opened a short time. It started out with spice and leather and over time these were replaced by berry and floral aromas with a touch of black pepper. A good full feel on the palate for a medium-bodied wine. A good example of the varietal. $19
Bunnell Family Cellars RiverAeire Efete 2005A nice, engaging nose marked by blackberry, spice, and anise. A good mid-palate and finish marked by lush tannins. Exceptional for the price point.$19
Bunnell Family Cellars A Pic 2005A perfectly put together wine with a beautiful taste and finish The nose is surprisingly subtle with light barbequed green pepper aromas.$28

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