Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

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#51 Post by GregT » June 3rd, 2019, 6:03 pm

You can also look at Pepper Bridge. And even smaller producers like Robert Karl or Spring Valley. Those wines age very well. In fact, I've had Columbia Crest wines at over 30 years and they were shockingly good.
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#52 Post by Kris Patten » June 4th, 2019, 6:18 am

WA will catch CA before it catches BDX. The single largest difference is going to be the acceptance that in most areas the single greatest contribution to a blend will be a foundation of Merlot or Franc, not Cabernet. Problem is both have image issues while Cab still garners top $ from consumers, so many in less generous locations continue to add Merlot or Syrah to bolster Cab.

To Greg, lots of wines age well in WA, to this day some of the best wines I have had were the Ste. Michelle Cold Creek wines from the early 1980s, 1983 being the best, the old David Lake wines from Red Willow and Sagemoor and the old QC wines.
Question is (same for most Napa/Sonoma) are they better after the 10 or 15 year mark, whereas in BDX I think that's a resounding yes, especially over $50, in WA and CA, while there are some outliers, I think many are just older.
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#53 Post by Glenn L e v i n e » June 4th, 2019, 7:43 am

It won't be like Bordeaux but who wants Bordeaux all the time? Within their style, in terms of showcasing their fruit and terroir, WA St wines are quality equals to the Bordeaux grape wines made over there and here in CA.

The aging question is to be determined but I had a 94 DeLille Chaleur and a 96 Woodward Canyon Artist Series these past two years that I'm sure would stand with some exceptional first and second growths from the same vintages.
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#54 Post by R_Gilbane » June 4th, 2019, 8:14 am

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 7:43 am
It won't be like Bordeaux but who wants Bordeaux all the time? Within their style, in terms of showcasing their fruit and terroir, WA St wines are quality equals to the Bordeaux grape wines made over there and here in CA.

The aging question is to be determined but I had a 94 DeLille Chaleur and a 96 Woodward Canyon Artist Series these past two years that I'm sure would stand with some exceptional first and second growths from the same vintages.

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#55 Post by P Intag » June 4th, 2019, 1:07 pm

Not Yakima, but I was damn impressed by a 2007 Chateau Rollat "Edouard de Rollat" (Walla Walla) that I tried last year. Beautiful wine and definitely Bordeaux leaning, style-wise.
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#56 Post by Brandon R » June 4th, 2019, 1:16 pm

For as many Washington wines as I've drunk, I've still never had a Ch. Rollat. Are they still in business? A quick glance at their site sure doesn't give any indication, but they only have 2008-2010 wines listed for sale.
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#57 Post by Ron Slye » June 4th, 2019, 2:06 pm

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Not Yakima, but I was damn impressed by a 2007 Chateau Rollat "Edouard de Rollat" (Walla Walla) that I tried last year. Beautiful wine and definitely Bordeaux leaning, style-wise.
Oh yes. Those are great wines -- I have some resting in the cellar in fact!

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#58 Post by Kris Patten » June 4th, 2019, 5:51 pm

Brandon R wrote:
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For as many Washington wines as I've drunk, I've still never had a Ch. Rollat. Are they still in business? A quick glance at their site sure doesn't give any indication, but they only have 2008-2010 wines listed for sale.
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#59 Post by john stimson » June 4th, 2019, 7:50 pm

Very late to the party on this one. My main input is that folks seem to want to make judgements on these wines at 6-8 years of age, but these are Bordeaux blends and as with other places in the world, they are best at 15 plus years of age. Not many folks are drinking and assessing them at this stage. The thought of assessing a Bordeaux at 6-8 years of age is admittedly a bit silly.

They are hard to compare with Bordeaux, but the best Washington blends at 15-20 years can be beautiful world class wines. I would second what others have said about the classic wines here. Ste Michelle cabs from the late 70's, and 80's could be stellar wines, and Woodward Canyon wines from the 1990's now can be beautiful aged cabs that have improved markedly with age. Many of the new crop of wines don't have enough of a track record to have aged this long, but for the well made ones, I am very optimistic.

For those outside of the region, I would suspend judgement on the younger wines, and if you have a chance at an older wine, I would jump at it.

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#60 Post by Josh Grossman » June 4th, 2019, 8:01 pm

john stimson wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Very late to the party on this one. My main input is that folks seem to want to make judgements on these wines at 6-8 years of age, but these are Bordeaux blends and as with other places in the world, they are best at 15 plus years of age. Not many folks are drinking and assessing them at this stage. The thought of assessing a Bordeaux at 6-8 years of age is admittedly a bit silly.

They are hard to compare with Bordeaux, but the best Washington blends at 15-20 years can be beautiful world class wines. I would second what others have said about the classic wines here. Ste Michelle cabs from the late 70's, and 80's could be stellar wines, and Woodward Canyon wines from the 1990's now can be beautiful aged cabs that have improved markedly with age. Many of the new crop of wines don't have enough of a track record to have aged this long, but for the well made ones, I am very optimistic.

For those outside of the region, I would suspend judgement on the younger wines, and if you have a chance at an older wine, I would jump at it.
I do like Woodward Canyon and Betz's Columbia Valley meritage offerings (I have not tried Heart of the Hill). I do love Syrah from all over Washington. I think I might of just tried wine from too young of vines and/or producers who mass produced grapes and didn't practice things like dropping bad clusters.

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#61 Post by john stimson » June 4th, 2019, 8:24 pm

Syrah is a different kettle of fish. Not many people knew how to make Syrah early on in Washington, so many older wines were picked too late and vinified like cabs. Some still are. so it's hard to fine good syrah from the 90's (although last time I drank wine with Greg Harrington from gramercy, he mentioned that he was really liking some of the early Glen Fiona wines now. I think their first vintage might have been 98, and I may actually have a bottle). I bought Cristophe's first vintage of syrah at Cayuse in 97, and bottles lately have been ok, but not anything remarkable.

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#62 Post by Gabe Berk » June 12th, 2019, 11:50 am

Just ordered some wines from today's Force Majeure release. Jeb Dunnuck is a big fan hence the scores-been a fan too for the last 4 vintages. If he's handing out these scores to First and Super 2nd Growths in Bordeaux AND in Washington, perhaps the Yakima AVA does produce wines that rival Bordeaux?

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#63 Post by Josh Grossman » June 12th, 2019, 11:55 am

Gabe Berk wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 11:50 am
Just ordered some wines from today's Force Majeure release. Jeb Dunnuck is a big fan hence the scores-been a fan too for the last 4 vintages. If he's handing out these scores to First and Super 2nd Growths in Bordeaux AND in Washington, perhaps the Yakima AVA does produce wines that rival Bordeaux?

2016 SJR Vineyard Syrah 100 Pts
2016 Estate Cabernet 99 Pts "This brilliant wine needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and will keep for 2-3 decades."
2016 Tempranillo 97 Pts
2016 Epinette (right bank blend) 96 pts
I love their syrahs! Maybe the Cab I had was just a bad bottle.

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#64 Post by Mel Knox » June 12th, 2019, 12:31 pm

Lettie Teague's article about faking 82 Mouton with Andrew Will wines lends credence to the notion that wines from this region can excel.
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#65 Post by Jeb Dunnuck » June 12th, 2019, 1:26 pm

The answer to this question is a resounding yes... although this is from Walla Walla, I'm going with close enough. [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif]
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#66 Post by Kris Patten » June 12th, 2019, 1:56 pm

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The answer to this question is a resounding yes... although this is from Walla Walla, I'm going with close enough. [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif]
Pretty sure the old WC Dedication Cabs were from Champoux and I can't remember the other vineyard, Dionysus maybe. Champoux is firmly in Horse Heaven AVA.
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#67 Post by Jeb Dunnuck » June 12th, 2019, 2:03 pm

Kris Patten wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Jeb Dunnuck wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 1:26 pm
The answer to this question is a resounding yes... although this is from Walla Walla, I'm going with close enough. [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif]
Pretty sure the old WC Dedication Cabs were from Champoux and I can't remember ththe other vineyard, Dionysus maybe. Champoux is firmly in Horse Heaven AVA.
That's a good point... I think they planted their estate vineyard in... mid 1970? I'll reach out and try to see where this fruit came from. Also had a Merlot (close to the same age but I'm blanking on the vintage) from them at the same dinner that was brilliant as well.
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#68 Post by Kris Patten » June 12th, 2019, 2:05 pm

Jeb Dunnuck wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Kris Patten wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Jeb Dunnuck wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 1:26 pm
The answer to this question is a resounding yes... although this is from Walla Walla, I'm going with close enough. [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif]
Pretty sure the old WC Dedication Cabs were from Champoux and I can't remember ththe other vineyard, Dionysus maybe. Champoux is firmly in Horse Heaven AVA.
That's a good point... I think they planted their estate vineyard in... mid 1970? I'll reach out and try to see where this fruit came from. Also had a Merlot (close to the same age but I'm blanking on the vintage) from them at the same dinner that was brilliant as well.
We can agree Rick and team crafted some great wines that stand the test of time.

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#69 Post by Mel Knox » June 12th, 2019, 6:30 pm

I looked at the question as 'will eastern washington ever make....'...not will the yakima valley ....my bad!
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#70 Post by brigcampbell » June 12th, 2019, 7:07 pm

Ron Slye wrote:
June 3rd, 2019, 3:52 pm
I have not had any recent vintages of Andrew Will, so cannot comment. But as noted above I have loved their wines from the 90s. I must say that I have not been that impressed with WA cab and cab blends either. The one recent exception was JB Neufeld -- if I were buying WA cab blends to age that would be one of my top choices. Let us know what you think when you open any of the above!
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#71 Post by brigcampbell » August 22nd, 2019, 6:33 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Ron Slye wrote:
June 3rd, 2019, 3:52 pm
I have not had any recent vintages of Andrew Will, so cannot comment. But as noted above I have loved their wines from the 90s. I must say that I have not been that impressed with WA cab and cab blends either. The one recent exception was JB Neufeld -- if I were buying WA cab blends to age that would be one of my top choices. Let us know what you think when you open any of the above!
And the "Old Goat" is amazing, they're really doing a great job.

News Flash: for all that want to test the WA waters JB has participated in the last few Berserkerday events with wild enthusiasm.

This is a steal at $55. Silly, really. It'd be 3x if it said Napa and wouldn't be nearly as good. Maybe the best QPR ever

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#72 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » August 22nd, 2019, 7:03 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Ron Slye wrote:
June 3rd, 2019, 3:52 pm
I have not had any recent vintages of Andrew Will, so cannot comment. But as noted above I have loved their wines from the 90s. I must say that I have not been that impressed with WA cab and cab blends either. The one recent exception was JB Neufeld -- if I were buying WA cab blends to age that would be one of my top choices. Let us know what you think when you open any of the above!
And the "Old Goat" is amazing, they're really doing a great job.

News Flash: for all that want to test the WA waters JB has participated in the last few Berserkerday events with wild enthusiasm.

Was interesting to see that 86 Woodward at 13.2% and the 2014 Old Goat you linked at 15.3%.

That’s a huge spread on a bottle.

I’m guessing that 15%+ and extended aging in 100% new oak, and we are talking hedonistic new world stuff, yes? Not being critical, just asking.

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#73 Post by dave kammerer » August 23rd, 2019, 4:51 am

Opened a 2006 Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard last night and it was excellent as a pnp. Very balanced, will see how the remaining wine holds up over the next few days.

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#74 Post by brigcampbell » August 23rd, 2019, 2:14 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 7:03 pm
brigcampbell wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Ron Slye wrote:
June 3rd, 2019, 3:52 pm
I have not had any recent vintages of Andrew Will, so cannot comment. But as noted above I have loved their wines from the 90s. I must say that I have not been that impressed with WA cab and cab blends either. The one recent exception was JB Neufeld -- if I were buying WA cab blends to age that would be one of my top choices. Let us know what you think when you open any of the above!
And the "Old Goat" is amazing, they're really doing a great job.

News Flash: for all that want to test the WA waters JB has participated in the last few Berserkerday events with wild enthusiasm.

Was interesting to see that 86 Woodward at 13.2% and the 2014 Old Goat you linked at 15.3%.

That’s a huge spread on a bottle.

I’m guessing that 15%+ and extended aging in 100% new oak, and we are talking hedonistic new world stuff, yes? Not being critical, just asking.
FYI - I pinged Brooke/Justin and hopefully they're jump in.

I did not know the ABV and it certainly didn't drink like a cocktail wine. It's not in the style of QCreek or Cayuse. The Schrader was *way* more concentrated.

New world? you mean they didn't use spinning cones, reverse osmosis and it is lacking Brett? yes. [wow.gif]

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#75 Post by Greg Smith » August 23rd, 2019, 2:55 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Ron Slye wrote:
June 3rd, 2019, 3:52 pm
I have not had any recent vintages of Andrew Will, so cannot comment. But as noted above I have loved their wines from the 90s. I must say that I have not been that impressed with WA cab and cab blends either. The one recent exception was JB Neufeld -- if I were buying WA cab blends to age that would be one of my top choices. Let us know what you think when you open any of the above!
And the "Old Goat" is amazing, they're really doing a great job.

News Flash: for all that want to test the WA waters JB has participated in the last few Berserkerday events with wild enthusiasm.
Just tried the 2015 JB Cab last night. Really impressive and actually drinking quite well right now. Will certainly age but I like my wines a bit on the young side. Will definitely buy again.

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#76 Post by Justin Neufeld » August 27th, 2019, 11:14 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 7:03 pm
brigcampbell wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Ron Slye wrote:
June 3rd, 2019, 3:52 pm
I have not had any recent vintages of Andrew Will, so cannot comment. But as noted above I have loved their wines from the 90s. I must say that I have not been that impressed with WA cab and cab blends either. The one recent exception was JB Neufeld -- if I were buying WA cab blends to age that would be one of my top choices. Let us know what you think when you open any of the above!
And the "Old Goat" is amazing, they're really doing a great job.

News Flash: for all that want to test the WA waters JB has participated in the last few Berserkerday events with wild enthusiasm.

Was interesting to see that 86 Woodward at 13.2% and the 2014 Old Goat you linked at 15.3%.

That’s a huge spread on a bottle.

I’m guessing that 15%+ and extended aging in 100% new oak, and we are talking hedonistic new world stuff, yes? Not being critical, just asking.
Hey Robert,
I would agree normally with your assumption that a wine, especially cab sauv, from anywhere in the new world with an alcohol of 15% and 100% new oak is likely going to be hedonistic. Bare in mind, a wine with 13.2% alcohol probably had a TA of 7-8g/L which, if tasted young, would be hard to swallow by todays standards. That much acid is why those wines can age, but if I made a wine with that much acid my career would be a short one. However, to give you my completely honest and biased opinion, I feel my wines are a good blend of old meets new. The original inspiration for my Old Goat was a 2005 Chateau Margaux I had back in the day. I'm actually going to start incorporating some Merlot into this wine with the 2019 vintage I think. Anyway, 2015 was a HOT vintage for WA, so we had higher alcohols than normal, but I have been dialing back my alcohol to be more in the 14.2%-14.5% range. The oak I use is a much lighter toast, so there isnt as much of an aromatic impact, its more structural on the palate. We are still learning so much about our AVAs in WA, I could ramble on quite a bit about all the variation we have in terroir just in the Yakima Valley alone. We are still so young, but we are learning quickly and I know we can rival the greatest Bordeaux varietals around the world. I was told that André Tchelistcheff said that one day, the worlds greatest Cabernet Sauvignon will come from Washington State. In the end, its just all about what you prefer, but I'm gonna go with André on this one [cheers.gif]
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#77 Post by Josh Grossman » September 19th, 2019, 8:26 pm

I’ve found what I was looking for. Powers Horse Heaven Hills is a great wine at a $20 tariff. It’s composed of 78% Cab. The remainder is 11% Merlot, 8% Cab Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot, all from Champoux Vineyard, which they own. Two years in used French oak. This is the best sub $20 wine I’ve ever had.

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#78 Post by Steve Costigan » September 22nd, 2019, 3:04 pm

Saw this thread after I just pulled the cork on a 2007 DeLille Harrison Hill (4 out of 5). Gotta chime in that it's consistently in the top 10, maybe top 5, cab blends in WA. It's from the Snipes Mountain AVA but relevant as it's in the middle of Yakima valley. It ages really well. Agree with earlier posts on the Woodward Canyon old vines. Previously had bottles at 24 and 26 years that were drinking beautifully.

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#79 Post by Josh Grossman » September 26th, 2019, 8:27 am

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Thanks all!

As of now, thanks to the recommendations in this thread, I have:
2008 Cadence Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
2016 Upchurch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (today on Full Pull)
2016 Betz Heart of the Hill

(and already had)
2014 JB Neufeld Cabernet Sauvignon Two Blondes Vineyard

I've tried a handful of Andrew Will and it didn't do it for me. In my opinion, I can find way better qpr in Bordeaux and Sonoma. I'm a bit biased against people making wine in Seattle and not near where the grapes are grown. How far is too far from the vineyard source? Could Andrew Will be in Cleveland? I've had wine, nearly as good, that was grown one county away from Cleveland.

I do buy Force Majeure/Sheridan Syrah/Rhone/Collaboration--and that is what actually prompted me to start this thread. I like their Syrah--and buy it almost every year, but the cab was a hot and oaky mess without enough acid to age. So far, for meritage blends, I like Betz Père de Famille and Clos de Betz and Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series.

It seems to hold true on the cheap end too. I love Kiona Syrah but their Red Mountain Cab was swill. 2003 McCrea Syrah Ciel du Cheval Vineyard was one of the best QPR's I've ever purchased. I did think the Powers AVA Collection Red Wine Horse Heaven Hills (Champoux Vineyard--78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot) was at least balanced and looking forward to seeing how it ages. I'll keep trying. Thanks again for all the responses.
Just opened the 2008 Cadence Ciel du Cheval Red Mountain, and it's a solid meh. It has the tannins and acid but not enough fruit for the long haul. On day two it's even more meh. I'd have to think Ciel du Cheval is dropping fruit and doing things right? It just is thin and boring to me.

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#80 Post by john stimson » September 26th, 2019, 12:26 pm

2008 is probably the last vintage i would choose to evaluate Washington wines. Hard as nails with sort of grumpy fruit, so don't write off Cadence based upon that (if you have them, just wait. It's sort of like owning 1975 Bordeaux). For Cadence, look for 2011.

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#81 Post by Glenn L e v i n e » September 26th, 2019, 1:43 pm

I’m still waiting to have that epic glass of 75 LLC that people told me would assuredly be pouring from bottles when I was blasé about the wine back in 1995.
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#82 Post by john stimson » September 26th, 2019, 2:40 pm

I don't think I've ever had a mature LLC.

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#83 Post by Josh Grossman » September 26th, 2019, 2:45 pm

Jeb Dunnuck wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 1:26 pm
The answer to this question is a resounding yes... although this is from Walla Walla, I'm going with close enough. [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif]
I do absolutely love Woodward Canyon and Betz--but nope doesn't count except parenthetically the Heart of the Hill bottling. I've bought some but it's new and I try to give them at least a decade for fairness.

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