Canvasback
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by Owen Bargreen
2d ago
Here are the outstanding new red wine releases by Canvasback. Today we share one of the great houses on Red Mountain. Founded back in 2011, Duckhorn pioneers Dan and Margaret Duckhorn saw the great potential for adding Washington Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain to their portfolio of wines. With what was initially only a few wines made, today Canvasback has a very large portfolio of wines — from Riesling and Rose to inky Cabernets. For years they have utilized the vineyard management talents of Dick Boushey to source from some of the state’s great sites including Klipsun, The Funk Estate ..read more
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Long Shadows 'Saggi' Vertical Tasting
Owen Bargreen Blog
by Owen Bargreen
2d ago
It was an absolutely epic tasting of ‘Saggi’ going back to the inaugural 2004 vintage. Tasting with Long Shadows maestro Gilles Nicault, high atop the Smith Tower in downtown Seattle we looked out at the beautiful panoramic views. We had an amazing tasting in front of us, savoring each vintage of ‘Saggi’ back to the first year in 2004. Nicault shared the story of ‘Saggi’ noting “Saggi was inspired when Allen Shoup was at Ste. Michelle because it was genius to shine the light on Napa by bringing the Rothchild family. He wanted to do the same here and he partnered with the Antinori family to ma ..read more
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Amos Rome
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by Owen Bargreen
4d ago
Here are some of the great new releases by Amos Rome. I have been impressed with one of the new, up and coming houses in Chelan County, Amos Rome relies on two vineyards for their wines. They have an estate site which is planned to a wide range of varietals including Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. They also utilize their High Blossom Vineyard located three miles from the tasting room and is set at 2000 feet. The location is planted to Riesling (planted in 2003), Grüner Veltliner (planted in 2019), and a block of Tempranillo & Albariño (plan ..read more
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Purple Hands
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by Owen Bargreen
6d ago
Here are the beautiful single vineyard Pinot Noirs by Purple Hands. An outstanding house in Oregon, Purple Hands was founded by Cody and Marque Wright. The name Purple Hands is meant to depict this work: the work of harvest when your hands are purple and black and rugged from long days and nights of pushing yourself to create and sustain quality. Cody is an environmental scientist by education and in 2005, at 25 years old, Cody founded Purple Hands Winery with a production of 250 cases. Five years later Marque joined Cody, and together their guidance and focus on quality create the foundation ..read more
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Whitehall Lane
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by Owen Bargreen
6d ago
Here are the great new red wines by Whitehall Lane. One of the great spots in the Napa Valley to taste, Whitehall Lane was founded by Art Finklestein and Alan Stein in 1979 on the 25 acre site that had first been planted back in the 1800s. They operated for over a decade before selling the winery to the Leonardini Family in 1993. Today they produce a great range of wines, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon. Jason Moulton has served as their winemaker in 2016. Moulton has a longstanding history in the industry having completed his winemaking degree from the Lincoln University Viticulture and Enolo ..read more
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Tranche
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by Owen Bargreen
1w ago
Here is the beautiful new lineup by Tranche. Today it is my pleasure to share one of the outstanding value producers in the Walla Walla Valley. Tranche consistently offers a stellar lineup of wines sourced from their estate Blue Mounts Vineyard. They produce a brilliant range of wines from their higher elevation site that has a host of varietals planted — everything from Cabernet Franc to Mourvedre. Tasting the new lineup last Friday with the winemaking team I was incredibly impressed with the overall quality of the wines. This is the finest overall lineup I have yet tasted from Tranche. Don ..read more
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Baer
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by Owen Bargreen
1w ago
We share the amazing new wines by Baer. It has been so many years since I have admired the wines by Baer — one of the hidden gems of Woodinville. I have long enjoyed these wines and have many of them in my personal collection. Akin to those made by Cadence, Andrew Will and several others, Baer wines are made with serious tension and richness — both hallmarks of great aging for Washington wines. Winemaker Erica Orr took over this program more than a decade ago. She originally got her start in the wine industry back in 1998, working her first harvest with eminent winemaker Cathy Corison in the ..read more
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Hyland Estates
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by Owen Bargreen
1w ago
Here are some of the gorgeous new wines by Hyland Estates. Today we share one of the historic properties in Oregon, Hyland Estates was first planted in 1971 by four families working together (the Kreimeyers, Markleys, Welches, and Trenhailes). A very large site in the McMinnville AVA, the vineyard spans over 200 acres with roughly 185 acres under vine; making it one of Oregon's oldest and largest vineyards. The site is located at roughly 600-800 feet and is located on a south facing bench which benefits from cool breezes. The soil type is volcanic Jory soil holding which somewhat mirrors the ..read more
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Tensley
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by Owen Bargreen
1w ago
Beautiful range of wines by Tensley. It is hard to believe that Tensley was founded all the way back in 1998. Joey Tensley linitially aunched Tensley Wines with a one hundred case production. He set out craft reasonably priced Syrah wines from great vineyards of Santa Barbara County. In 1993 Joey first began working as a “cellar rat” for Fess Parker Winery in Santa Barbara County. He later became assistant winemaker at Babcock Vineyards and in 1998 Joey moved on to become the assistant winemaker at Beckmen Vineyards where he first created his own label. Having visited the winery and tasting r ..read more
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Walter Scott
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by Owen Bargreen
1w ago
Here is the outstanding range of new Walter Scott wines. Today we share the beautiful range of wines by Walter Scott. Oregon wine is very happy that Erica Landon and Ken Pahlow founded this incredible house that sources from some of the finest sites in the Willamette Valley. Many years in the making, the name Walter Scott honors two important men in Ken’s life: Walter, Ken's grandfather, who was a flight engineer for Trans World Airlines and Scott, and Ken's nephew who passed away young and reminded both Ken and Erica that life can be exceedingly short. Their first vintage was produced in 200 ..read more
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