Tag Archives: Yakima Valley

2003 Apex Merlot Yakima Valley

Nice garnet color with brown edges. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, fig, cherry, plum, cedar, bitter sweet chocolate, leather, bark, not earthy or oaky, but loaded with layers. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, beautiful fig and cherry fruit leather, layered with spice and cedar, great balance, with an above average finish. I couldn’t help but think how much I wanted some of this for my cellar.    

2005 Sheridan Vineyards Syrah Yakima Valley

Great vineyard on the western edge of the Yakima Valley. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, meat, paste, plum, blackberry, salami, mint, cracked pepper, some oak, and not earthy. On the palate, dry, medium tannin, dense and inky fruit, medium+ acidity, meaty for sure, with lots of spice, some oak present, great balance, and a…Continue Reading

2004 Columbia Winery Red Willow Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

I ranked this my least favorite of the 6 Washington Single Vineyard Cab tasting I orchestrated at work over the weekend. Although I thought with some aeration and a big piece of meat this would have showed nicely on it’s own. David Lake has left and it’s time to move on. On the palate, youthful,…Continue Reading

2005 Walla Walla Vintners Sagemour Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, bell pepper, sandlewood, tobacco, dust, mint, baked plum fruit roll up, some earth, and some oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, med- tannin, med acidity, berry frappaccino, lots of coffee flavors, on an oaky but pretty long finish. Nice wine but not great.    Continue Reading