21 
Sparkman Cellars Ruckus Syrah Red Mountain
2008 $32

93 Points
  A blend of 87 percent syrah with 13 percent cabernet sauvignon—all of the fruit comes from Red Mountain’s Klipsun vineyard—this dark wine is tart, dense, and rich. It’s also quite closed up at present. Allow to age two to three years.




22 
Kerloo Cellars Syrah Walla
Walla Valley 2008 $34

93 Points
  Walla Walla’s Kerloo Cellars, named after the call a crane makes, follows its impressive set of debut releases with a second group of wines that is every bit as compelling. Its 100 percent syrah is dark as night with aromas of mineral, floral notes, orange peel, berries, light game, and chocolate. Seamless on the palate, it has a finish that continues about as long as you can count.




23 
Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2008 $55

92 Points
  Often gigantic in their youth, Pepper Bridge wines offer tremendous aging potential. This blend (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cab franc, malbec, and petit verdot) smells of earth, flowers, raspberries, cherries, and dry chocolate, and has firm but well-integrated tannins. It will only improve with time in the cellar.



24 
Corliss Estates Red Wine
Columbia Valley 2006 $65

92 Points
  This bordeaux blend is a perfect mixture of grace and power with aromas of cedar, toasty spice, black cherry, floral notes, dark chocolate, and espresso, and a beautifully rich and cohesive palate with lingering cherry flavors and polished tannins.




25 
K Vintners Cougar Hills Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2009 $45

92 Points
  A 100 percent syrah with aromas of bacon fat, floral notes, mineral, and smoke, it has
a savory palate with accents of ash, game, and black olives.




26 
Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Red Wine 2008 $55

92 Points
  Age this blend of merlot, cabernet franc, and cabernet sauvignon for two or more years—it is tightly wound up at present with rich fruit flavors and grainy tannins.




27 
Fielding Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope 2008 $42

92 Points
  Fielding Hills owners Mike and Karen Wade have established themselves among the state’s best since planting their Riverbend vineyard on the Wahluke Slope in 1998. True to the house style, this is a rich, layered cabernet accented with sweet spices.




28 
Abeja Chardonnay
Washington State 2009 $36

92 Points
  Winemaker John Abbott of Abeja (Spanish for bee) has spent almost 20 years crafting wine in Washington. Simultaneously alluring and elusive, this 100 percent chard makes the most of the fruit and isn’t overly oaky, and has subtle and textured fruit flavors and a persistent, apple-filled finish.

 

29 
Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah Red Wine Walla Walla Valley 2008 $50

92 Points
  Uriah, Spring Valley’s merlot-dominant bordeaux-style blend (merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, and malbec), is named after vineyard co-owner Shari Corkrum Derby’s grandfather, who was born in Walla Walla in 1866. It’s an aromatically complex wine with high-toned herbal notes, floral notes, raspberries, cranberries, and bittersweet chocolate.



30 
Cadence Ciel du Cheval
Red Wine Red Mountain 2008 $45

92 Points
  Unlike many of his contemporaries who favor varietally labeled wines, winemaker Ben Smith has focused his efforts on vineyard-designated blends, all of which hail from Red Mountain. With fruit from the celebrated Ciel du Cheval vineyard, this mix of cabernet franc, cab sauvignon, petit verdot, and merlot has a beautifully balanced palate with dense, firm tannins and sophisticated fruit flavors. Age for two years or more.



31 
Fidélitas Cabernet Sauvignon Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2008 $60

92 Points
  On the nose of this dark ruby cab are coffee, blackberries, floral notes, raspberries, earth, herbal notes, and mint; the palate is tart and pleasing with abundant cherry flavors and firm tannins. Cellar it for two years to achieve maximum tastiness.



32 
Januik Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain 2008 $40

92 Points
  Winemaker Mike Januik brings almost three decades of experience to his winery, including a 10-year stint as head winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle. In a lineup of consistently top-quality wines, it is the vineyard designates (showcasing one particular vineyard) that often show the most sparkle, such as this aromatic cabernet from Red Mountain’s Ciel du Cheval vineyard. Give two to three years in the cellar to allow it to come into its own.



33 
DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc Columbia Valley 2009 $34

92 Points
 The oak-aged 2009 vintage of the consistently dazzling Chaleur Estate is two-thirds sauvignon blanc and one-third semillon. Pale lemon to medium yellow in the glass, it smells of gooseberry, crushed walnuts, and oak spices. Herbal flavors and oak spices on the palate lead to a long, lingering finish.




34 
JM Cellars Founder’s Reserve Red Wine Red Mountain 2008 $75

92 Points
  A big, aromatic wine with cedar, toasty spice, dark fruit, mesquite, floral notes, and earth on the nose; sweet fruit flavors and bold tannins on the palate. It needs time to fully come together—give it two years.






35 
Maison Bleue Soleil
Roussanne Olsen Vineyard Yakima Valley 2009 $25

92 Points
  Maison Bleue’s full-bodied 100 percent roussanne has a pale lemon yellow color, complex aromatics of light tropical fruit, marzipan, and creamy spice, and a textured, layered palate with tart fruit flavors and spice.



36 
Col Solare Red Wine Columbia Valley 2007 $70

92 Points
  This incredibly rich, hedonistic wine (75 percent cabernet sauvignon, 20 percent merlot, and 5 percent cabernet franc) boasts abundant cherry and chocolate flavors, polished tannins, and a lingering finish.



37 
Mark Ryan Winery Lonely Heart Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain 2008 $80

92 Points
  Woodinville winemaker Mark McNeilly has developed a cultlike following for his bold, fruit-filled wines, with good reason: Few do the no-holds-barred style better, as in this dense rich cab blend from Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun vineyards. Age three or more years.



38 
Guardian Cellars The Alibi Red Wine Red Mountain 2008 $39

92 Points
  Aromatically locked up at present with dust, dark cherries, light herbal notes, mocha, and spice, this blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot will be ready to drink in one to two years.





39 
Walla Walla Vintners
Cabernet Sauvignon Tokar Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2008 $70

92 Points
  Cherries, raspberries, milk chocolate, and light herbal notes make up the nose of this dense, brooding wine. The palate, meanwhile, is loaded with cherry flavors and chalky tannins with a long finish.




40 
Tenor Wines Cabernet
Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2008 $78

92 Points
  Tenor’s cab blend is full and fleshy with lip-smacking cherry flavors and well-integrated tannins and lingers on the finish.




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