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Review: 2010 Smasne Cellars Ancient Rocks red wine

Winery website: www.smasnecellars.com Robert Smasne has made a name for himself in the Northwest for producing wines that show good character, varietal integrity and body. This 2010 “Ancient Stones” blend is no different. A Rhone-style blend, it is a wine that can easily tame everything from a pot-roast to lamb shank to wild game. A good-drinking […]

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Review: 2011 Kennedy Shaw Riesling

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.thewoodhousewineestates.com For winemaker, Jean Claude Beck, making old-world style wine is in his DNA. Born in the Alsace region of France, Jean’s obvious influence of the area he grew up in comes to life in this Riesling. Easily, one of the best, if not the best Riesling’s I’ve had from Washington […]

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Review: 2010 Gifford Hirlinger Estate Tempranillo

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.giffordhirlinger.com Gifford Hirlinger is one of the many family-run, family-owned wineries you’ll find in the Walla Walla area. It produces wines from the estate vineyard around the winery and has won quite a bit of acclaim for its efforts. This tasty Tempranillo is a good example of how good this […]

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Review: 2010 Double Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://doublecanyon.com Double Canyon is a new winery in the state of Washington whose initial release is a Cabernet Sauvignon. It sources fruit from the prized Horse Heaven Hills AVA, which is home to some of Washington’s better vineyards as well. Using land that was originally owned by Don and Linda Mercer, […]

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Review: 2013 Buty Winery Line-up

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.butywinery.com Nina Buty’s winery that bears her name has gained a great deal of momentum over the past couple of years because of it’s wine quality. That quality squarely lands on winemaker, Chris Dowsett and his crew. He does a great job of producing approachable wines that should also age gracefully, […]

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Review: 2010 Waterbrook Merlot

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.waterbrook.com/ As one of Walla Walla’s oldest wineries, Waterbrook has been laser-focused in on value for a long time now and this 2010 Merlot is no exception. It offers a good deal of complexity, finish and finesse. Technical Data: Varietal blend: 100% Merlot Appellation: Columbia Valley pH: 3.61 TA: 0.62 RS: None Alcohol: 14.31% Vineyards: Canyon Ranch, Canoe […]

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Review: 2011 Array Chardonnay

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.arraycellars.com For Array Cellars, Chardonnay is much more than the world’s most popular white varietal to work with, it’s a passion and makes up for the entire business model. All it does is produce Chardonnay and works with some of Washington State’s top vineyard sites to source its fruit from. This […]

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Review: 2009 Andrew Will Two Blondes

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.andrewwill.com   Located on Vashon Island, Andrew Will Winery has been a local favorite by wine lovers and sommeliers for over a decade. Its winemaker, Chris Camarda, is a long-time veteran in knowing how to work well with Washington Fruit that nearly always translates into very expressive wines. Technical Data:  Composition: 38% […]

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Review: 2010 Manu Propria Ex Animo Cab

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.manupropriawinery.com Taken from the Italian meaning of “by my own hand”, Manu Propria is a very small winery located in Woodinville Washington that is owned by Mike and Rachel Macmorran. They produced only 70 cases of this exceptional wine and the only way to get future releases is to sign-up on […]

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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: 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 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 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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2008 Barons V – Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.baronsv.com Matt Loso’s kung-fu-like winemaking skills come through big-time in this delicious Cabernet Sauvignon, made from some of the best vineyards in the Columbia Valley. Technical Data: Vineyards: Conner Lee, Hedges Estate, Stillwater Creek, Belle Villa Vineyards Appellation: 100% Columbia Valley Grape Varieties: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc Average […]

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