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Review: Emiliana Novas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.emiliana.cl/ Novas is a brand of wine that’s produced by Chilean producer of Biodynamic wine, Emiliana. It tends to be a very good quality-to-price ratio label – let’s find out if this Cab holds up. Technical Data: Valley:Maipo Valley Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot Vinification Facility: Las Palmeras Alcohol: 14.2° […]

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Review: 2010 Chateau De Sours Red Wine

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.chateaudesours.com/ Price: $15 Chateau De Sours is a winery that’s located to the southwest of Libourne and Pomerol – facing towards St. Emilion – and has been producing wine for over 200 years. To say they have a long pedigree in making quality wines hardly scratches the surface. On the nose: […]

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Review: 2009 Three Rivers Petit Verdot

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.threeriverswinery.com Located on the outskirts of Walla Walla, Three Rivers Winery is a relatively long-time established winery in the greater area and even though it changed hands of owners a few years ago, still has a loyal following. Even though Petit Verdot, on the whole, hasn’t been produced very much – […]

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Review: 2012 Bartholomew Winery Rosé

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://bartholomewwinery.com/ Bartholomew Winery, in the SODO district of Seattle Washington, is located inside one of the more iconic buildings of the area – the old Rainier Brewery building – right next to Interstate 5. Its owner, Bart Fawbush, has been passionately churning out good wines now for a few years and this […]

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Review: 2010 Amavi Syrah

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.amavicellars.com A sister winery of Pepperbridge in Walla Walla – Amavi allows winemaker, Jean-François Pellet, to have some fun with other varietals of grapes that don’t fall under the model of Pepper Bridge. This Syrah from the Walla Walla Les Collines vineyard is showing very well right now – let’s dive into […]

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Review: 2010 Avennia Gravura Red Wine

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.avennia.com Avennia Winery is a relative new-comer to the Washington wine scene and specializes in what I feel is one of Washington’s strong-points and that is red blends. It does make a Sauvignon Blanc and straigh Syrah as well but those are for a different review, in this one, we take […]

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Review: 2010 Mairena Bonarda

By Duane Pemberton While Argentina clearly rocks the Malbec, there’s another little-known varietal that it does a good job with as well – Bonarda. Originally from Italy – largely grown in the Piedmont region – this grape has really started to take off quite well in Argentina. Technical Data:  Varietal: 100% Bonarda Vineyard: Ugartech Lujan […]

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Review: 2005 Pedroncelli Port

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://pedroncelli.com/ Price: $19 Many wine lovers appreciate a good port-style (or fortified) wine with dessert or to simply lightly sip on with a cigar or pipe. This 2005 port-style wine from Pedroncelli offers a great deal of complexity at a price that won’t break the bank. Technical Data: Appellation: Dry Creek […]

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Review: 2012 Kilikanoon Riesling

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.kilikanoon.com.au/ Even though Australia is primarily known for its outstanding Shiraz, it’s also home to some very good white wines as well – like this 2012 Riesling from Kilikanoon. It’s dry, finishes very well and for sure plays along very well with various kinds of food. Technical Data:  Residual Sugar: 1.8g/L […]

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Review: 2010 Chateau St. Jean Robert Young Chardonnay

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.chateaustjean.com/ California certainly has a reputation for making over-oaked Chardonnay, however, this 2010 bottling from the Robert Young Vineyard is different. It has a much better balance than many of its peers at its respective price range and is rather food friendly. Technical Data:  Harvest Dates: Sept. 30-Oct. 19, 2010 Harvest […]

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Review: 2009 Waterbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

By: Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.waterbrook.com (Seattle WA 4/10/2013) – A brand of Precept, Waterbrook Winery is a relatively large producer in Walla Walla Washington and is also one of the older wineries in the area. It has wide distribution on a national level so finding its wines shouldn’t be too difficult. Technical Data:  Varietal blend: 91% […]

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Review: 2009 Andrew Will Sorella

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.andrewwill.com Seattle WA – 4/10/2013 – Based on Vashon Island, Andrew Will has become one of the Northwest’s favorite “cult-like” wineries. Its small production and jedi-like winemaking prowess of Chris Carmarda have raised up a loyal following and strong demand for the wines, every vintage. Technical Data: Composition: 65%, Cabernet Sauvignon […]

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2009 Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.stagsleap.com Stags’ Leap Winery was established in 1893, making it one of the oldest wineries in the State of California and the oldest in the Stags Leap district. It has built a loyal following off of its Petite Sirah and for good reason – using 30-year old vines helps add […]

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2009 Le Dix de Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.lafite.com/eng Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape in the country of Chile and this 2009 Le Dix bottle sources grapes which come from 70-year old vines. Meaning “10” in French, Le Dix was first introduced in 1996 to commemorate  Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)’s first ten years in Chile. Since it […]

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2009 Saviah Cellars Petit Verdot – Revew

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.saviahcellars.com Often treated as the step-child to the other bordeaux grapes, Petit Verdot has slowing been making a comeback as having the ability to be bottle all on its own merits. There are only a handful of Washington wineries who make a straight Petit Verdot and Saviah Cellars (based in Walla […]

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2010 Waterbook Melange Blanc- Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.waterbrook.com This 2010 Melange is made by Waterbrook winery, one of Walla Walla’s oldest wineries and has done a really good job of establishing itself on a national level as a solid Washington producer. This Melange Blanc is a “field blend” of varying white varietals from one of the cooler years – […]

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2011 Cass Viognier – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.casswines.com No question about it, Paso Robles is an exciting area to watch grow and taste wines from. Located just north of San Luis Obispo, this AVA is known for its stellar Zinfandel, but also does a good job with some of the Bordeaux Varietals as well as some Rhone whites – […]

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2011 Hestia Cellars Chenin Blanc – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.hestiacellars.com/ Chenin Blanc seems to get quite lost amongst white wine lovers and that’s unfortunate. It can be made in a very nice dry or off-dry style and proves itself time and time again to be rather food-friendly. This bottling from Hestia Cellars does an admirable of showcasing how good this […]

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2009 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.doubleback.com Drew Bledsoe – the famous NFL Quarterback – hails from Washington State so it’s no wonder why he’d have an interest in launching a winery project in Walla Walla. Along with long-time friend, Chris Figgins (Leonetti) – this 2009 Doubleback Cab represents a collaborative effort between Chris and Drew. It’s […]

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2010 Lander-Jenkins Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery Website: http://www.rutherfordwine.com/lander-jenkins-vineyards/ Lander-Jenkins is a project from the Rutherford Wine Company and does a good job for its price in representing the region in a bottle. It’s not a “barn burner” but represents a pretty solid value for the money. Technical Data:  Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot 3% Cabernet Franc Alcohol: […]

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