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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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2008 Watermill Walla Walla Merlot – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.watermillwinery.com/ Watermill Winery, located in Milton-Freewater Oregon, continues to churn out wines that represent a good value and this bottle of Merlot is no exception. Technical Data: Varietals: 100% Merlot Vineyards: Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills West, and McClellan Estate Oak: 50% new American oak and 50% neutral American oak Alcohol %: 14.7 Production: 114 […]

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2009 Pepper Bridge Merlot – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.pepperbridge.com Ask most any wine lover who makes the better Merlot between California and Washington State and you’ll find most agree, Washington makes some of the best Merlot going in the new world. This $50 bottle from the famed Pepper Bridge Winery is only 85% merlot but contains enough of […]

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2007 Basel Cellars Merlot – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.baselcellars.com/ Even though Merlot may have gone out of vogue with some wine drinkers, it’s still very much at the forefront of many of us who have not lost our love for this illustrious grape. Justin Basel produced this Merlot and has a lot of reasons to be proud of it. […]

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2007 Pedestal Merlot – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.longshadows.com The Long Shadows Pedestal Merlot is the highest-average-scoring Merlot in North America  – it’s accomplished this by remaining consistently good at a price that kills its rivals from California. At just over 2000 cases made, one could argue that’s it’s not a true “small production” in a certain sense, […]

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4-way action with Bartholomew Winery

By Duane Pemberton Bart Fawbush is a man on a mission who’s armed with a little bit of know-how, some good industry contacts and a ton of passion. His Freshman release of wines is made with the help of an industry colleague but it’s to the style and preferences of Bart. In fact, the way […]

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3 2006 Long Shadows Wines – Review

I can’t think of a more passionate dude in the Washington wine industry than winemaker, Gilles Nicault. His zeal for wine, passion for life and people can only be truly appreciated if you get the chance to meet him in person. One could say that being french-born slanted him to be this way but his […]

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2006 Liberty Lake Cellars Merlot

Liberty Lake Cellars, near Spokane Washington, started off in 2004 by producing small amounts of wine which was sourced from Red Mountain AVA. It’s owners, Doug and Shelly both have “day jobs” while working the winery in their off-time. It’s a winery built on hard work and a lot of heart. They were participants in […]

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OS Winery 2005 Ulysses

OS Winery (formerly known as Owen Sullivan) is a Seattle-based winery in the Georgetown district founded by Rob Sullivan and Bill Owen (who is now just known as “Owen”). It is an artisan winery that prides itself on being able to source some of the best fruit in the state of Washington and produce wines […]

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2006 Col Solare

Col Solare is an effort by two partner companies to produce an ultra-premium red wine that uses fruit from the famous Columbia Valley in Washington State. It is headed up by Marchese Piero Antinori who arrived Washington back in 1992 – he met Ted Baseler of Chateau Ste. Michelle and the two hooked up. The […]

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2006 Merlot Duel – Ca. vs. Wa.

I love wine duels as I believe they can help shake-up the many stereotypes we have as wine lovers. I’ve been witness to quite a few that have shaken preconcived ideas and also helped to enlighten peoples minds and palates to the wine-world around them. And honesly, that’s a great thing, right? California has really […]

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2006 Powers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritage – Review

Powers Winery in the Richland WA, has been producing wines for longer than most other wineries in the state – its legacy extends back to 1982, which for WA is a decently long time. Started by brothers Greg and Bill Powers, they also produce wine under another label called Badger Mountain. It was also one of […]

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2005 Andrake Cellars Merlot – Review

One of the great things about the wine business at large is that there are many small wineries out there who are very passionate about the products they produce and for those who know about them, can bring a rewarding experience.  My friend, Bob Andrake, of Andrake Cellars in Olympia WA is one of those […]

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2004 Terra Blanca Onyx

I’ve covered Terra Blanca wines before on this site and there’s no doubt that they produce some great wines. In fact, they really are a good QPR (quality-to-price-ratio) winery that has the accolades to back up its efforts. Like most wineries, it too releases a flagship blended wine which is great because we as wine […]

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High-end WA Merlot Round-up

Washington State has made its mark among wine drinkers all over the world with its Bordeaux varieties and out of those, Merlot is standing strong. In this 3-way round-up, I take bottles from three leading producers out of Walla Walla and see how they stack up. Each bottle retails for near the $50 dollar mark […]

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Snoqualmie Reserve Reds

Winery Website: www.snoqualmie.com   Joy Anderson of Snoqualmie Vineyards has done an outstanding job of producing well-priced wines which do an admirable job of bringing good quality to their respective price-ranges. The wines she and her team produce have consistantly garnered wide-spread acclaim from both industry reviews and customer satisfaction. What started out as a […]

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Fidelitas gets jiggy with Optu

There’s little doubting that many in the Wine industry regard Charlie Hoppes as one of the State of Washington’s more premiere winemakers. His passion and know-how are about as good as you can find anywhere. When he first kicked out his original “Optu”, it wasn’t called Optu it has the name of Meritage – and […]

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WA vs CA – “Cheap Merlot” Shootout

This is a review I’ve actually been looking forward to for quite some time now and not because we’re dealing with cheap merlot here but because it’s WA vs. Cali. Washington produces more Merlot than any other red grape but California has been at it a lot longer. Both states have incredible wineries doing a […]

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2006 Fidelitas m100

Winery Link Charlie Hoppes’ m100 wine is one he dedicates to his grandmother – who turned the ripe age of 100 back in 2005 – it’s clear to me that he takes much of that passion he has for family and puts it in this bottle. The $15-$20 price range is really the sweet-spot for wineries as […]

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