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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 Hands, Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2012

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Recommend decanting. This can be easily accomplished by pouring into a clean glass pitcher, if you do not have a “proper” decanter. Wait at least 30 minutes, preferably one hour before enjoying this. N/ Deep notes of slightly smoked plums skins dominate her nose. Ripe currant. Crushed fall leaves. Forest floor. Taffy. Suntan lotion. T/ […]

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USA, Moscato, 14 Hands, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2013

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N/ She is a wonderful gardenia and white flower explosion. Soft honeysuckle, sandalwood, and rock notes play second fiddle to the flower power. T/ Medium to full mouth feel. Round and coating. She’s dominating by a white flower reduction, that is delicious, but accounts for almost all of the show. Her close, however, saves the performance […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Snoqualmie, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2013

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N/ Sun-bleached rocks, green apple skins, light yellow fruits, lime zest, and sunshine. Cat aroma scale 1 out 10, which is the absolute perfect amount to let you know that it is sauvignon blanc, but without the offensive aromas that sometimes plague greener versions of this grape. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Lean, mineral driven green apples […]

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USA, Red Blend, Whistle Stop, Snoqualmie, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2012

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Red blend of: 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot N/ Deep and dusty plum jam wafts, mesquite wood, paprika, black, wet soil. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Round, black fruit flavors with a touch of barbecue spices. While she has an ample fruit payload, she also has some nice, clean lines of minerals and wood. […]

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USA, Red blend, Les Chevaux (Merlot dominated), Columbia Crest, Horse Heaven Hills, Cascade Mountains, Washington, 2010

Red blend of: 80% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Syrah. N/ Plum stew, blood, game, black cherry and flint. Pine needle tea. Black tea. Dominated by acidic snaps of flint dust. Balloons and band aids. Barrel room. Forest floor. A bit wild and interesting. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. The first thing you taste is a […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Crest, Cascade Mountains, Washington, 2010

N/ First thing that hits you are notes of petrol, which are far more common in Riesling than Chardonnay. Once the surprise ends then one is treated to another… green onions. Thick, round, and medium oaked. Yellow tropical fruits, pear juice, and notes of crisp hay. Soft citrus and honeysuckle aromas also sporadically tempt. T/ […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Crest, Cascade Mountains, Washington, 2010

Red blend of: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. Tasted between 1 and 3 hours post-decant. N/ Clean plum stew, game, flint and pine. Thick with forest floor, smoldering campfire wafts (reminiscent of a Chilean Carmenere), and bright cassis. Mushrooms, barrel room, and delightfully savory notes present on the tail end of […]

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USA, Riesling, Château St. Michelle and Dr. Loosen, Eroica, Washington, 2010

N/ Fresh hay, wet steel, honeysuckle, luscious pears and white peaches. Light touches of granite dust and freshly split flint. Interesting hints of a coconut-based suntan lotion. Surfboard wax. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Light to medium glycerol feel. Lime and citrus intro leads into extremely ripe white peaches and pears. Solid backbone. Acids deftly balanced with […]

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USA, Riesling, Flip Flop, Underdog Wine Merchants, Washington, 2010

Note: a truly “feel good wine”, not just from the yeast output, as “for every bottle of flipflop wine purchased, Soles4Souls will distribute a pair of shoes to someone in need”. Very pleasant packaging as well… bright, vibrant, summer beach shorts and bikini cool.   Note cute little flip flops on top of screw cap. Each […]

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USA, Syrah, Skylite Cellars, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2006

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N/ Bright and clean. Lightly smoked mint. Nutmeg. Eucalyptus. White pepper. Balsa wood. Lush violets. Blackcherries. Crushed granite. Off the charts amazing. One of my favorite noses of last few years. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean, but huge, blackcherries stewed in white pepper. Fantastic layers of minerality dancing on a bed of seriously mouthwatering acid. One […]

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Sparkling Wine / Champagne / Cava / Cremant / Prosecco = “Sparkling Spectacular”

This following wines were part of blind tasting by the #SDWM (twitter hashtag) group – our “Sparkling Spectacular”. We were fortunate enough to have bottles of bubbles from all over the world, a dozen of which I found interesting enough to write up. The results were quite surprising.  Flat-out amazing deals exist in the sparkling […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Skylite Cellars, Walla Walla Valley, Washington, 2007

N/ Amazing, warm spice box. Beauteous, fat oaks. Cedar cigar box. Huge blackcherries and cassis. Clean herbals. Wet, black soil. Lightly crushed granite. Phenomenal. T/ Full, silky, mouthfeel. Massive black fruits. Round plums, lightly peppered. Wonderfully sweet oaks. Long, round finish. Only small thing lacking is that the layers are just a tad undefined. http://www.skylitecellars.com/ […]

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Honored by Skylite Cellars in Washington state – BrainWines named on a barrel

So the fine folks at Syklite Cellars have bestowed a little honor on us… we are named on a barrel of what will surely be incredible juice in 24 months.. http://twitpic.com/33brqh You can view their website here http://www.skylitecellars.com/ …and my first review of their incredible Syrah here… http://www.brainwines.com/?p=2316 Thanks Skylite!

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USA, Syrah, Hedges Estate Vineyards, “Matthews”, Red Mountain, Washington, 2004

N/ Dry leaves. Clean cherries. Tight oaks. Light rubber. Dry soil. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean. Warm plums. Clean, black pepper juice. Great wood-work and structure. Price = $45 Given that I’ve previously written that Hedges makes one of the best under $25 reds I’ve had, I was hoping for more from this offering.  A solid […]

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USA, Syrah, Terra Blanca, Reserve, Winemaker’s Barrel Select, Red Mountain AVA, Washington, 2004

N/ Light candy. White and black pepper. Dry soil. Cherries. Light cement. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Medium clean. A tad light on the fruit for a Syrah, but what is there is very nice raspberries and blackberries. Great wood work and integration. High acid feel for a Syrah, which is nice. Slightly restrained, but […]

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USA, Syrah, Terra Blanca, Block 8, Red Mountain AVA, Washington, 2004

N/ Hardwoods. Flat cherry. Tad hot. Dry leaves. Pleasant pond water. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Figs. Ripe, stewed plums. Big, round, and easy to drink. Price = $42 Brilliant-. 9o This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting event. This bottle kindly provided by the winery as a media sample, via the darling @WineHarlots

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USA, Syrah, Desert Wind Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2006

N/ Taffy. Young leather. Dry river stones. Grass. Rosemary. Light rust. Very unique for a Syrah. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Medium steel. Round, thick, blackberries. Long finish. Price = $20-$26 Brilliant. 92 This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting evet. This bottle kindly provided by the winery as a media sample.

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USA, Syrah, Skylite Cellars, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2005

N/ Warm cherry. Smooth, mature oaks. Blackcherries. Granite. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium clean. Tad tannic. Elegant “meatness”. Powerful, dark fruit well-integrated with oak.  Wonderful. Winemaker = Robert Smasne Price = $32. Astounding. 96 This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting event. This bottle kindly provided by @UCBeau

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Another amazing blind tasting event – Syrah SmackDown

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Wow, another amazing blind tasting event yesterday with the San Diego Wine Mafia! The “Syrah Smackdown” consisted of: 10 excellent Syrahs = 5 from Paso Robles, California and 5 from Washington state (Red Mountain or Columbia Valley AVA); thanks for the majority of those wines & endless piggy parts and figs to @WineHarlots !; insanely […]

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