Oregon’s climate encourages complex fruit flavors, aromatics and nuances in Oregon-grown wines and complexities that allow Oregon wineries to compete well with other world-class wineries. Distinctive vineyard locations are capable of nurturing high-quality Bordeaux and Rhone grape varieties, as well as French Burgundian varieties such as Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon from the Columbia Valley Region of Washington, flaunts intense aromas of berries and spice, while a hint of bramble lingers in the background. Bright, juicy fruit flavors are complimented by refined, velvety tannins. This medium-bodied wine’s generous aromas and appealing mouthfeel beckon for just one more sip. Pair well with tomato-basil bruschetta, eggplant parmesan, herb crusted prime rib, grilled beef steak, hearty venison stew.
14 Hands Chardonnay is a fresh, lively Chardonnay from Washington State. 14 Hands celebrates the spirit of these wild horses, and the rich and unique history of Washington wines. The inspiration for 14 Hands wines recalls a time when wild mustangs once freely roamed the hills of eastern Washington State. These small horses, measuring a scant 14 hands high – a “hand” being equivalent to a man’s palm width and how horses were measured then – would travel down from the hills every day to drink from the mighty Columbia River.
14 Hands Hot To Trot Red Wine, a Washington state red blend opens with generous aromas of crème de cassis and sweet blackberries. Fleshy, dark fruit flavors are joined by notes of wild huckleberries and a subtle pie crust nuance. Balanced by soft and velvety tannins, this smooth, easy drinking wine finishes with hints of toast and mocha.
14 Hands Hot To Trot White Wine a refreshing white blend displays intense aromas of peach compote with tropical and floral nuances. On the palate, flavors of fresh apple, pear and melon are balanced by juicy acidity and ends with a bright, vibrant finish. Inspired by the Wild Horses of Washington State, 14 Hands is a wine borne from the Hills. Chardonnay and Semillon add some depth, richness and character.
The 2013 A to Z Pinot Noir leads with aromas of cherries, raspberries, and blackberries, developing to iris, blueberries, strawberries and minerals. The A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir 2013 is a complex and intriguing red wine that is reminiscent of a fruit orchard on the edge of a lush field. A beautiful attack has vibrant red fruit flavors and floral notes, then deepens with hints of blood orange and blueberry jam.
Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard Red Wine is showing itself to be complex, having not only primary fruit flavors, but also components of flora and earth as well as mineral aspects. Andrew Will wines are labeled by vineyard with each wine a different makeup of the Bordeaux varietals. Andrew Will has been a major contributor in putting Washington State on the map as a world-class wine-producing region.
Archery Summit Premier Cuvee Pinot Noir cuvée brings sturdy tannins and red currant fruit, highlighted with pretty baking spices. The palate is cerebral and extremely detailed, showing a wine that is both approachable and refined. The entry exposes juicy, dark fruit tones and plush flavors of forest floor and crushed truffles, supported by fine grained tannins that lead into a sophisticated finish with persistent notes of molasses.
Argyle Chardonnay Nut House shines when Mother Nature does not. The aroma is multi-layered and repays time in the glass. Look for white peach and pear fruit, roasted hazelnut and cashew, vanilla bean spice, and a lovely pear crumble pastry aromas. The palate is equally rich and juicy with a mineral structure. Flavors of peach, pear fruit salad are carried by a creamy texture and long fresh fruit and spice finish.
The silky palate of Badger Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon adds strawberries and cherries to the chorus. The wine finishes long on berry fruits tinged with sweet baking spices. Badger Mountain Vineyard became the state’s first certified organic vineyard in 1990, three years after Powers launched his winery. Badger Mountain Vineyard is located in Benton County, overlooking the Columbia River just west of Kennewick. This wine pairs perfectly with sausage, pork and chicken dishes. (No Sulfite Added)
Badger Mountain Merlot is produced in the premiere Columbia Valley AVA to benefit from an ideal location and climate, deep volcanic soil, and organic production from vine to bottle. Youthful fruit driven wine that is soft and balanced. Round, soft mouthfeel complimented by a beguiling palate of flavors. Fresh and exuberant, this is as close as you will get to going out & tasting the grapes right off the vine.
Beaux Freres Upper Terrace Pinot Noir in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, offers a plethora of Indian spices, black cherries, black currants, forest floor and a wisp of sweet wood smoke. Structured and richly tannic, it expands gracefully over the palate and reminds us of a Grand Cru Corton at this early stage. Gracefully seductive! “Sleek, silky and expressive, full-bodied but not heavy, polished to bring out the glow of the cherry, raspberry sassafras and cinnamon flavors that just won’t quit as the finish sails on. Has depth, wrapped in satiny tannins, and real harmony. Best from 2015 through 2024. 579 cases made.” -Rated 97, Wine Spectator
2014 was an excellent year in Oregon; bumper crops with exceptional quality fruit contributed to producing high quality wines with depth and power. One of the most promising varieties of the harvest was Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. The team at Beaux Frères describe 2014 as one of their best vintages yet. The Beaux Frères Vineyard Pinot Noir comes from the 24 acre Beaux Frères vineyard planted with Burgundian clones with an average vine age of 24 years old.
The Burn is an agricultural area located in south central Washington by the Columbia River, between the AVAs of Columbia Gorge and Horse Heaven Hills. Its name is inspired by the regions early settlers, who burned their fields every autumn to regenerate the soil. The land was planted to vines in 2002, initially with just a few acres of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Charles Smith’s Velvet Devil Columbia Valley Merlot scored 88 points on Wine Enthusiast. The Washington State appellation is growing in popularity due to its unique characteristics. Washington State is the 2nd largest premium wine producer in the United States. In 2006, Charles Smith created Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project, which centers around the trend that most people generally consume wine without delay. This little devil is wrapped in a velvet robe. It is full with density and bursting with flavors of dark fruit, cherry, and blackberry brimming with cedar, pipe tobacco, and earth.
Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon offer aromatics galore—cigar box, pencil lead, cedar and currants with super refined tannins and a long, fine finish. Aromas of black cherry, wet earth, anise and a touch of toasted herbs with flavors and a finish to match.” Pair with pappardelle with porcini and pistachios, and prepare to be pleased.