Wahluke Slope Wine

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Pronounced WAH-luke, the Wahluke Slope is an isolated, south-facing plateau bordered in the west and south by the winding Columbia River, to the north by the Saddle Mountains and the east by the Hanford Reach, a vast area of scrub-land surrounding the nuclear facility.

Despite its middle-of-nowhere location, there is a long grape-growing history here, centered around the tiny town of Mattawa. A German company, Langguth, planted hundreds of acres of Riesling in the early 1980s and made some very fine wines for a few years before abandoning the project. But others persisted, and today there are more than 5200 vineyard acres, many of which provide grapes to wineries across the state.

The Wahluke Slope, along with Red Mountain, is Washington’s warmest site, with heat units exceeding 3,000 year in and year out. The desert heat and abundance of water create the right conditions for large-scale production of fine wine grapes. Though well off the beaten tourist path (only one winery and two production facilities Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

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  • Jones of Washington

    Over fifty years of farming experience in the Columbia basin has led to the breaking of new groun...

  • Balsamroot Winery & Vineyard

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  • Desert Wind Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    The Desert Wind Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is a lighter mood for this powerful grape, with decent colour in the glass, but noticeably lighter than editions California. The nose is pretty, with a bright, clean vanilla and blackberry scent. Similar in style to BC Cabs at this point, with a slightly green, vegetative tinge to the entry, but clean an... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Citadel Landing Cellars Syrah 2016

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    This wine is from private stock produced in Langley BC Canada employing grapes sourced from Wahluke Slope, Grant County AVA, Washington State.The opaque, almost midnight black wine has rich plum and cola notes on the nose which invites comparison with a CdR Village wine, but with predominantly Syrah in the melange. Sweet plum and cola on the pal... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Luke Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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    Wine review by Jerry Brenner


  • Drink Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope 2014

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    Light raspberry, blueberry and cherry aromas, a touch candied and sweetly spiced. Blueberry, cherry and red currant fruit flavors on the palate with a fresh light texture and medium acidity. Easy drinking and mellow. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Castillo de Feliciana Tempranillo Wahluke Slope NV

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    Meaty, chewy wine. Low acidity. Read More

    Wine review by icbang


  • Milbrandt the Estates Merlot 2011

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    The wine is a deep ruby color, classic for Merlot. The nose is chock full of leather, dark chocolate, blackberry and a hint of mint, just the classic aroma of a nice Merlot. The taste is wonderful, with a rush of ripe black fruit, cherry, plum and blueberry that transitions to some wonderful notes of vanilla and mocha midpalate. The tannins a... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Ryan Patrick Grenache Reserve Northridge Vineyard Wahluke Slope 2013

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    Full bunches of ripe red fruit on the palate - raspberry, cherry and strawberry with strong character and spice and a floral note. Delicate but assertive on entry, this continues to deepen on the palate, delivering more ripe cherry, strawberry and mixed berry fruit, warming mouthfeel, good structure and baking spices through to the finish that l... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ryan Patrick Grenache Reserve Northridge Vineyard Wahluke Slope 2013

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    Full bunches of ripe red fruit on the palate - raspberry, cherry and strawberry with strong character and spice and a floral note. Delicate but assertive on entry, this continues to deepen on the palate, delivering more ripe cherry, strawberry and mixed berry fruit, warming mouthfeel, good structure and baking spices through to the finish that l... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Milbrandt Vineyards Syrah the Estates Clifton Hill Vineyard 2013

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    Dark blackberry notes and cinnamon spice on the nose. Richly fruited in the mouth, this has loads of rich black currant and blackberry fruit, chewy tannins, warm baking spice and a touch of charred herb towards the finish with some black pepper and a hint of licorice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • We have a party for friends and neighbors every year, expecting about 30 for ... some Seven Falls Cabernet Wahluke Slope from WA. We do have a couple cab lovers coming that appreciate nicer wines so I have a Scherrer, a Croze and a Burly cab waiting in the wings. Here's to drinking well in the New Year! Read More

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