Roaming Palate

3 Yakima Valley Wines to Find Now

Washington’s first federally approved wine region always produces excellent wines.

By Sean P. Sullivan October 13, 2020 Published in the Fall 2020 issue of Seattle Met

Owen Roe Sinister Hand Yakima Valley 2018 $28

Winemaker David O’Reilly, of Owen Roe, has made his name with exquisite whites and reds from two valleys, Yakima and Willamette. The Yakima Valley Sinister Hand is a blend of predominantly grenache and syrah, a gateway to this winery: plush on the palate with lots of red fruit flavors.

Upsidedown Roussanne Konnowac Vineyard Yakima Valley 2018 $40

Upsidedown makes wine with purpose and cause. The purpose: Yakima Valley fruit with low intervention winemaking. The cause: 20 percent of profits go to fighting cancer, inspiring youth to overcome challenges, and eradicating human trafficking. With Upsidedown’s roussanne—full of seashell, flower, and nectarine aromas and flavors—you’re drinking well and doing good.

Côte Bonneville Carriage House DuBrul Vineyard Yakima Valley 2014 $50

Few sites in Washington are more highly regarded than DuBrul Vineyard, with its polished tannins and flavors reminiscent of Bordeaux. While several top wineries use its fruit, only one can call DuBrul home: Côte Bonneville. The winery’s Carriage House is a refined Bordeaux-style blend that only gets better with time in the cellar.

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