Washington’s Hogue Cellars names new head winemaker

Hogue Cellars has hired Greg Winter from Valley of the Moon in Sonoma County as its new director of winemaking. (Photo via Flickr/click for credit) PROSSER, Wash. – One day after longtime winemaker Co Dinn left to launch his own winemaking consulting company, Hogue Cellars announced the appointment of Greg…

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Columbia Crest 2009 StoneTree Vineyard Reserve Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $30

Want to make sure you get super-ripe fruit? Go see Tedd Wildman on the Wahluke Slope. Many of Washington state’s most hedonistic wines come from his StoneTree Vineyard, and Ray Einberger made the call to harvest Block 15 on Sept. 14, more than three weeks prior to the “game over”…

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Columbia Crest 2010 H3 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Best Buy! Thirty years ago, Ste. Michelle moved to Paterson, Wash., and began making wine in this town overlooking the Columbia River from the Horse Heaven Hills. Several years ago, they launched this mid-level tier for Columbia Crest, and the wines under Juan Muñoz Oca continue to be among the…

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Daven Lore Winery 2010 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Winemaker Gordon Taylor and Joan “Dr. Dirt” Davenport live on the northern slope of the Horse Heaven Hills, overlooking Prosser, Wash., and they tapped into Alder Ridge Vineyard at the southern tip of the appellation this expressive Merlot. Plums, pomegranate and Almond Joy candy bar aromas are transformed into fresh…

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Washington wine grape growers dodge unusually wet weather

Kent Waliser, general manager of Sagemoor Vineyards, said the recent wet weather has caused his vines to pick up a lot of additional growth. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Washington wine grape growers want their vines to be happy, but the last week or so has delivered delirious weather…

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Dusted Valley Vintners 2011 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $29

Walla Walla’s brothers-in-law from Wisconsin deepen their relationship with the Milbrandt brothers, which allows them to reap the benefits of reaching into one of Washington’s top vineyards for white wines — Evergreen Vineyard in the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley. It’s 100 percent barrel fermented, so it shows classic aromas…

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Carabella Vineyard 2010 Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains $37

Colorado geologist Mike Hallock began planting his vineyard on Oregon’s Parrett Mountain in 1996, and he’s wines deserve their space alongside some of the Willamette Valley’s best. From this cooler vintage, he produced a wine that releases aromas of raspberry, strawberry, rose petal, iron shavings and well-worn saddle leather. The…

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Brooks Wines 2010 Janus Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35

A tribute to the Roman god of balance, Chris Williams nurtures the wines for Janie Brooks Hueck, who continues to manage the winery in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills as a tribute to her late brother, Jimi. The nose for the flagship wine, primarily from estate fruit, starts with dusty cranberry, red…

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Array Cellars, 2010 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $25

This new house in Woodinville is staking its reputation on Chardonnay and has hired one of Washington’s most renowned winemakers, Brian Carter. It’s proven to be a winning combination with this first vintage. Sources such as Connor Lee, Dionysus and Stillwater Creek lay the foundation for this sleek Chardonnay with…

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Amity Vineyards 2010 Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $40

Rather than moving north as did so many of Oregon’s winemaking pioneers, Myron Redford headed south from Seattle, where he worked for historic Associated Vintners. He planted Pinot Noir in 1974 and began making wine in 1976. For the past five years, longtime apprentice Darcy Pendergrass has been creating the…

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