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Although designated as Columbia Valley on the label, this 2015 Chardonnay is in fact 100% Estate Red Mountain fruit from the Kiona Estate vineyard. These old vines represent approximately 1/3 of Red Mountain’s pioneering 1975 planting. Now 40 years old, this three-acre block produces elegant wines worthy of attention.
Kiona’s philosophy with this wine is to split the difference between oaky/buttery Chardonnay and high-tone un-oaked Chardonnay. 24% of the 2015 vintage was aged in new French oak for 14 months, and the remaining 76% spent its time in stainless steel. The resulting blend showcases crisp acidity and fresh fruit found in un-oaked Chardonnay along with the rich, creamy roundness and complexity of an oaked Chardonnay.
This classic blend showcases smooth, refined tannins and a long finish. Supple dark berry and earth on the palate round out the experience. Selective blending from some of Washington’s finest vineyards along with careful oak aging yields a balanced, intricate wine.
37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 13% Lemberger, 10% Sangiovese, 6% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Carmen ère, 2% Malbec, 1% Petite Syrah.
Blending old and new plantings, the 2013 Estate Red Mountain Reserve strikes a remarkable balance between power and finesse. This wine is the answer to the question, “What’s so special about Red Mountain?”
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet France, 2% Carmenère.
98 Points, Best Bordeaux Blend, Double Gold
San Francisco Intl Wine Competition
Sweet with lively apricot, nectarine, and peach flavors. The natural acidity of Chenin Blanc adds some zest. A real treat for dessert wine aficionados!
90 points, Wine Enthusiast
Nectar of the Gods! True Ice Wines are rare in Kiona’s corner of the world; their unique climate is excellent for capturing the intense sweetness and crisp acidity necessary for top-notch dessert wines. This opulent treat will keep you wishing for more.
92 points, Wine Enthusiast
This wine displays a deep garnet color, and aromas of Asian plum, raspberry, Bing cherry and hints of wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied, tight-knit and very fine in the mouth, with broad, polished tannins and bright notes. This classically structured wine that drinks well now, but will continue to positively evolve for the next decade.
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc
91 points, Wine Enthusiast
Deep garnet in color. Exuberant nose of white flowers and dried apricots. Full bodied with flavor notes of dried fruit, earth, leather, soy, and black tea with hints of menthol and cinnamon. Drinking very well now, it should continue to cellar to 2020. 589 cases produced.
87% Syrah, 13% Viognier
92 points Wine Enthusiast
92 points Wine Spectator
Pressed blueberry, black cherry and sour plum aromas mesh with dried oregano, bay leaf, black pepper and pencil shavings on the nose. There’s lots of depth to the palate, with dark olallieberry, eucalyptus oil and pine needle flavors leading into a hazelnut, caramel, coffee and vanilla finish.
95 points Wine Enthusiast
Deep gold in color, with a nose of ripe stone fruits and grilled baguette. This rich and bold white has notes of star fruit and quince on the palate, as well as the classic nutty and waxy characteristics commonly found in Rhône whites. Unctuous and stylistically unique, the 2013 Fletcher’s White will drink well over the next 8-10 years. 398 cases produced.
38% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Semillon, 22% Roussanne,16% Viognier
Deep ruby-purple colored, with subtle aromas of ripe raspberries and crushed red cherries with underlying notes of violets, lavender, and cinnamon stick. Medium-bodied with satisfying berry and spice flavor layers that linger long into the finish. Drink now through 2020. 754 cases produced.
100% Pinot Noir
92 points Wine Enthusiast
2012 Westerley Red
The 2012 Westerly Red presents a precise, focused mix of dried berry, currant, and black cherry notes. This is a balanced and finely-layered wine, with a rich, yet firm, tannin structure that fans out across the palate.
74% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc
92 points Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of black cherry, violet, licorice, menthol and tobacco leaf lifted by a floral topnote. Juicy and savory with a restrained sweetness to its flavors of dark berries, licorice, coffee, and wild herbs, with a touch of Taransaud cocoa powder adding sex appeal. Finishes firm and persistent, with intriguing salinity. 36% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot.
91 points International Wine Report
Shows all the hallmarks of a great Ciel vintage — elegant and powerful with layers upon layers of interest. Straight out of the bottle the wine has superb energy and ripping great length. After an hour in the decanter, the subdued fruit blooms, boding well for a long, graceful evolution in bottle.
39% Cabernet Franc, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot.
94 pts Stephen Tanzer
93+ pts Wine Advocate
Explosive aromas of black cherries, spice and subtle oak. Tapteil is surprisingly open for business, with copious fruit coming in waves over fine tannins and juicy acidity. The lingering finish makes you stop and savor, and the verve of the wine brings you back for more.
46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot.
93 points Stephen Tanzer
Dark, deep black licorice aromas. Black cherries and blackberries on the palate. Muscular tannins and acidity are deftly balanced. After an hour in the decanter, the tannins are silky and the flavors broaden and deepen magnificently. This wine will unfold gracefully for years to come.
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot
94 pts Wine Advocate
92+ pts Stephen Tanzer
Bel Canto 2015
Saturated medium ruby-red. Lovely complex perfume of raspberry, cherry, graphite, flowers, licorice, tobacco leaf and herbs. Penetrating and juicy but dense as well, with sharply delineated, weightless flavors of red and blue fruits and tobacco leaf accented by violet and minerals. The terrific rising finish features serious firm-edged tannins and a notable light touch. Considerable aging potential. 56% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Franc.
93+ points Stephen Tanzer
This barrel fermented Viognier has an aroma reminiscent of wild Washington honeysuckle combined with citrus, guava, and lychee nut. It rests heavy and rich on the palate and an interesting orange zest tanginess surprises the tongue. Flavors consist of pineapple, blood orange, and spice box with a lingering finish. 100% Viognier from Dwelley Farm Vineyards in Walla Walla.
A Super-Tuscan blend Walla Walla style. This wine shows surprising complexity and balance. Aromas of chocolate covered dark cherries, toast, and bell peppers first emerge, all melding together. Flavors of bright cherry, bell pepper, and black pepper fill the palate, all with an appealing freshness making Homme Nu a delicious easy-to-drink wine. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Sangiovese.
An experience in taste. Dark blueberry, Bing cherry, elderberry and black licorice aromas turn into lush and penetrating flavors of chocolate-covered blueberry and vanilla extract. The wine shows exuberant youthfulness, but there’s plenty of acidity and tannin structure to allow this to improve. 100% Merlot.
Double gold medal, 2015 Seattle Wine Awards
Black raspberry, cassis, dark plum, graphite and a hint of chocolate can all be found in the aroma of this wine. On the palate it is a mouthful, yet not heavy, for such a big wine. The black fruits shine through with moderately high tannins, and a surprisingly long finish. 33% Cab. Sauv., 33% Merlot, 33% Cab Franc, 1% Petite Verdot.
Gold Medal at the 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition!
This Bordeaux style blend has a smoky nose with hints of tar and tobacco. Flavors of tart black plum, cassis, and vanilla are accompanied by an earthy undertone. This wine is delicious now, but will really shine after a few years in your cellar. Drink now through 2025. Condor is a blend of 40% Merlot and 60% Cabernet Sauvignon from Dwelley Farm Vineyards in Walla Walla.
Intense aromas of jammy boysenberry and cassis. Rich and vibrant dark fruit flavors laced with cinnamon and subtle vanilla. A delightful finish of dusty cocoa powder lingers alongside truly mouthwatering acidity. Pair with hearty dishes such as grilled eggplant, braised short ribs or beef tenderloin.
Delicate aromas of lychee and butterscotch. Refreshing citrus, peach, and tropical notes finely balanced against a firm, honeyed texture. The finish suggests baked apple, vanilla bean and nutmeg. Pair with crab cakes, roast pork with apple sauce or feta cheese quiche.
89 points Wine Enthusiast
Nuanced aromas of cassis and sandalwood. On the palate the wine offers abundant and interwoven flavors of dark cherry, tobacco and allspice. The subtly smooth mouthfeel leads to a well-focused finish of complex, nutty tannins and gentle acidity.
Double Gold Medal, Best of Region, Best of Class –CA State Fair Wine Competition
A full-bodied blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Deep red in color and with lush aromas of blueberry and vanilla, this well-balanced wine displays subtle tannins and intense blackcurrant and cinnamon flavors alongside toasty oak notes on the long, complex finish.
90 points, Best Buy, Wine Enthusaist
Aromas of caramel, baked cherry pie, and savory spices, with a slight smokiness. Intense dark berry flavors followed by clove and dark chocolate with a touch of oaky vanilla. Full-bodied but finely balanced with a lasting impression of licorice, fig and subtle black pepper.
87 points, Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast
Estates Cuvée is a blend from all of Kiona’s estate vineyards. Each site contributes to the wine in a special way, resulting in an estate-grown wine that is uniquely representative of Washington state. The Columbia Valley components bring acid, fruit, and drinkability, while the Red Mountain additions contribute depth, structure, and color.
This nuanced, multi-faceted, food-pairing superstar shows that Washington wines pack a serious punch at every price point. Declassified family-grown estate fruit from the Pacific Northwest’s premier AVAs in an approachable, balanced, textured, and crowd-pleasing blend? Yes, please.