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2011 Barons V Napa Sauvignon Blanc – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.baronsv.com Barons V is a small winery located in the “Warehouse District” in Woodenville Washington – it hasn’t been around too long and has already been generating a great deal of buzz amongst Seattle-area wine lovers. Its winemaker, Matt Loso, is no stranger to making wines that please the palate […]

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2009 Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.columbiacrest.com There is no question that Columbia Crest is one of the most pivitol brands from Washington State – it’s pedigree of releasing quality wines at each respective price level is nearly unheard of – especially when you consider their reputation. A couple of vintages ago, its Reserve Cab was hailed […]

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2009 Saviah Walla Walla Cab – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.saviahcellars.com Price: $28 The Walla Walla Valley has really grown-up in many ways, not the least of them is its ability to churn out world-class Cabernet Sauvignon at prices that drive regions like Napa crazy. This stellar bottle of Cab comes from Saviah Cellars and is a really good example […]

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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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2010 Dunham Cellars Riesling – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.dunhamcellars.com Dunham Cellars has been producing wines in Walla Walla since 1995 and as far was the Washington Wine industry goes, that’s a long time. Winemaker, Eric Dunham, started things off and handed over most of the wine-making duties to Dan Wampfler back in 2008. Technical Data:  Vineyard: Lewis Estate […]

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2009 Hestia Cellars Malbec – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.hestiacellars.com/ Winemaker Shannon Jones has quickly been running up the ranks in the heats and minds of wine-lovers here in the Northwest for a few years now and has started getting some interest outside the WA boards as well. There’s no question that Washington wine drinkers love local malbec and […]

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2010 Bartholomew Aligoté – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.bartholomewwinery.com/ Aligoté is a variety that’s grown in Burgundy but is well off the radar for most vineyards in the New World. It can have similar expression or character of Chardonnay and overall is a very good grape.   It’s primarily used in blending, however, I’d like to see more […]

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2010 Watermill Gewurztraminer – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.watermillwinery.com/ With the fall fast-approaching, I know many people do turn to Gewurztraminer because of its ability to blend-in well when you have a bounty of food at the table such as on Thanksgiving. This little gem from Watermill is easily one of the best new-world Gewurztraminer’s I’ve had. Technical Data: Varietals: 100% […]

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2009 Hogue Reserve Chardonnay – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.hoguecellars.com For many Washington State wine lovers, we have a certain fondness for Hogue as it was one of the first “gateway” wines for a great deal of us. It wasn’t “Chateau Ste. Michelle”, it was “cool” because it was based out of Prosser and seemed to have a good […]

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2009 Barons V Petit Barone – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://baronsv.com/ Matt Loso – famous for helping to build Matthews Cellars in Woodinville Washington, is the winemaker for Barons V  and this little blend proves that he hasn’t skipped a beat in his winemaking / blending ability. Technical Data: Vineyards: Conner Lee, Hedges Estate, Wallula Vineyard Appellation: Columbia Valley Grape […]

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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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2008 Three Rivers Walla Walla Cab – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.threeriverswinery.com Three Rivers winery, located near the western outskirts of Walla Walla, is a recognizable, staple brand within that area as it has been producing quality vino for quite awhile now. This Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Walla Walla AVA and does a decent job of showcasing that area. Technical […]

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2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.eroicawine.com/ The Eroica project is a joint-venture between Chateau Ste. Michelle and world-famous Dr. Loosen of Germany – widely considered the mastermind of Riesling. This is a special wine label for CSM and has done a lot to really showcase how great Washington State Riesling can be. Technical Data:  Total […]

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2009 Amavi Cellars Syrah – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.amavicellars.com Sister winery to the famed Pepper Bridge Winery, Amavi has been producing wines that are aimed at delivering a really good quality-to-price ratio and this 2009 Syrah lives up to that. Sourced from Walla Walla AVA vineyards, the fruit in this wine is stellar and Jean-François Pellet (winemaker), doesn’t miss […]

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2009 J. Bookwalter Conflict – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.bookwalterwines.com John Bookwalter has an extremely loyal-following for his wines – most notably his red. This bottle of a Bordeaux-style blend combines cab, merlot and cab franc – while’s it’s on the pricier side, it should present itself to be a better value with a few more years of bottle-aging. […]

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2010 Naches Heights Riesling – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://nhvines.com/ Naches Heights Vineyard is a winery that’s run by Phil Cline – a Yakima area resident who’s passion and personality for wine come through in each bottle. This affordably-priced riesling represents a good quality of wine for the money. Technical Data:  Harvest Date October 28th. 2010 Brix’s  21.6 TA […]

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2009 Hogue Genesis Syrah – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.hoguecellars.com Hogue Cellars is a Washington Winery located in the town of Prosser – it’s one of the most recognizable brands from that state. Several years ago, however, it was acquired by Constellation Wines and since has seen a massive thrust into a national presence. Some of my first experiences […]

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2011 Bookwalter Couplet – Review

This is a popular white wine for Bookwalter wines – it combines a little Rhone with Burgundy in this Chardonnay meets Vionier blend which has enough residual sugar on it to make it a rather nice “patio wine”. I know of purists out there who scoff at the idea of blending these two grapes but […]

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Review: 2009 VaPiano Brunos Blend

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.vapianovineyards.com/ Doing blends of various varietals is nothing uncommon but what we don’t see as much of is blending varietals and AVAs – this fun little blend from Va Piano Vineyards is such a wine. It’s under $25, drinks well and should age for a few more years to come […]

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2008 Pepper Bridge Cab – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.pepperbridge.com/ Few wineries in the Walla Walla AVA capture more brand-name recognition than Pepper Bridge and that’s most likely because of its famous vineyards which many wineries source fruit from. Its know-how with Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon is extremely prevelant in this wine and its one that you should seriously […]

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