Best 2016 Syrah Reserve Red Wines

2016 Syrah Reserve

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Sourced from the amazing Reid Vineyard in Rufus Oregon and the fabled Blind Dog Vineyard in The Dalles Oregon.

A beautiful and delicious Syrah featuring warm caramel, spicy cocoa nose, leading to a full velvet palate of savory red plum, finishing with sturdy tannins.

Cellar: 3 to 5 years

269 cases produced.   14.2% alcohol.  AVA: Columbia Valley

2017 Barbera Reserve Red Wines

2017 Barbera Reserve

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Our Barbera is one of our most sought after wines. With sophisticated layers, bold characteristics, and brilliant tannins, it is always a wine-lovers’ delight.

Grown on the Bolton Family Vineyard North of The Dalles, OR on the Columbia River, these vines enjoy the perfect ratio of sunny days to cool nights letting the grapes ripen to perfection.

The wine expresses lovely fruit notes of ripe and juicy raspberry. Red peppercorn on the palate leaving you with a lingering bright finish.  Barbera pairs beautifully with tomato-based meat dishes such as lasagna or bolognese.

Cellar: 3 to 7 years

375 cases produced.   14.7% alcohol.  AVA: Columbia Valley

2017 Dampier Pinot Noir RSV Wines

2017 Dampier Pinot Noir RSV

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Located on the north side of the Columbia River sits Dampier Vineyard in Underwood Mountain, WA. At approximately 1,100 feet, this vineyard benefits from southern facing slopes with great exposure to the sun and cool Gorge winds throughout the growing season. Our Dampier Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir Red Wines is taken from the Eastern most rows which gain additional flavor from this slightly different soil and exposure.

A delightful herbaceous nose leading to an earthy, red currant palate with a soft, spicy rhubarb finish. This black label reserve offers a delicate finish that will pair perfectly with any cuisine.

Cellar:  5-7 years

Awards: Gold Medal Winner - 2019 Savor NorthWest Wine Competition (2016 Vintage)

200 cases produced.   12% alcohol.  AVA: Columbia Valley

2017 Zinfandel Amazing Red Wines

2017 Zinfandel

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Hillside Vineyard has been a top vineyard of the Northwest for over 30 years. Located south of The Dalles, OR in the Columbia River Gorge, it is shaped like a catcher’s glove facing solar south. The vineyard produces several amazing varieties of grapes in its extremely diverse meso-climates.

Our Zinfandel Red Wines features the grape’s traditional flavors and this vintage begins with an impressive cherry tobacco nose, lends a soft leather spice throughout the palate and leaves with a bright tannic finish. Charcuterie’s best friend - an MVP paired with any board of cured meats and classic cheeses.

Cellar: 5 to 7 years

225 cases produced.  14.1% alcohol.  AVA: Columbia Valley

Best Crush Collection Wines 2020

Crush Collection

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Celebrating the 2020 harvest, our Crush Collection features these four delicious wines all perfect for the switch of seasons.

2017 Chardonnay:  Sourced from the fabled McDuffee Vineyard in The Dalles. Due to our cooler climate, Oregon Chardonnay has a higher acidity level than California, making them more like true Burgundian's. We avoid using new oak for aging our Chardonnay, reaching instead for sur lees aging (stirring of the lees) and partial Malolactic Fermentation to achieve a complete and complex flavor profile.

Aged in mellowed water-bent American Oak barrels, our Chardonnay is bright and lively, with notes of pear baked tart and caramel highlights.  Awards: James Suckling 91 points – 2016 (previous vintage)

2017 Cabernet/Merlot:  This fabulous Bordeaux blend shows why Cab & Merlot goes so well together.  Our blend is a traditional Bordeaux style blend, a perfectly balanced pairing of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon.  A crowd favorite with its fabulous balanced acidity and tannins that show notes of cranberry, plum, purple bell pepper, and fresh pressed coffee. The nose has a delightful vanilla and almond extract with spices and smooth dry finish, perfect for food pairing or by itself.

2017 Necessity Red:  This wine is a lively blend of our premier Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Barbera grapes, celebrating the uniqueness and diversity of our Columbia Gorge wine-growing region. The blend creates a Pinot Noir affect with real substance and weight. All 3 varietals are grown within 25 miles of the winery; there are few places in the world where that is possible.

Fruit-forward with a smooth mouthfeel, this vintage boasts an aroma of violets, rose hips, pomegranate and red currant and a palate offering beautiful acidity, smooth with a soft finish. Great everyday and dinner party wine!  Awards: Silver Medal Winner – 2019 USA Wine Ratings

2017 Barbera Reserve:  This new release is single-vineyard Barbera 100% from the Bolton Vineyard near Wishram, WA. A perfect representation of a great Northwest Barbera.  Our Barbera is one of our most sought after wines. With sophisticated layers, bold characteristics, and brilliant tannins, it is always a wine-lovers’ delight.

This beautifully intricate red boasts a nose of ripe aromas of black raspberry, plum, and fig jam merge with notes of cocoa, leather, and hints of sweet tobacco. The palate gives way to luscious plum, blackberry, and fig, with sweet smokey notes that ride along velvety tannins with a full mouthfeel. Medium+ acidity and alcohol creates balance and a savory finish.  A perfect to compliment any Italian dish of your choice!

Dog Days Of Summer Collection Wines

Dog Days Of Summer Collection

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This wine collection is perfect for hot Summer nights and backyard grilling. It's also a salute to our winery dog's and their loyalty and love.

2015 Rock Star Red:  A blend of our Reserve Cabernet and Reserve Syrah, this sultry and succulent wine is one of our most popular blends. A perfumed nose of rich dark fruits, plum w/ cut tobacco leaf & white pepper with a savory palate. Sturdy tannins wash over the palate with just enough dryness from the Cab, yet fruit-filled, like a great Syrah.

2016 Rusty Red:  A classic Cabernet Sauvignon blend with a bit of Barbera and Syrah. Truly luscious and big, loaded with acidity and supple tannins to stand up to whatever it’s paired with.  An aroma of ripe dark cherry, caramel, pepper and a palate filled with bright acidity and a hint of vanilla to finish.

To have known Rusty is to understand why dogs are (hu)man’s best friend.  Joy at home or afield, he was one of the best bird pointing Labradors in the country. A toast to Rusty: He was protective, yet playful; assertive, but not over-bearing; bold yet sweet. Like this wine, he was one of the best.

2016 Rhett's Red: Bright and boisterous, this second vintage of our Rhett’s Red blend showcases delicious fresh orchard and berry aromas. An exuberant and bold blend in honor of Rhett, our winery dog. Amazingly intelligent, he is joyful in the field and at home with his faithful companion, Robb. He is complicated and nuanced as his namesake wine.

Aromas of baked blueberry, cherry, and black fruits along with savory hints of freshly cut tobacco, caramel, brown sugar, and baking spices excited the senses. Uplifting tannins on this full-bodied, silky red blend fills the palate with flavors of blueberry, tart red and black fruit, tobacco, caramel and spiced brown sugar that leaves a zippy and lingering finish.

 

 

Best 2019 Pinot Gris White Wines

2019 Pinot Gris

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The beautifully situated Van Horn Vineyard Pinot Gris was custom crushed at Mt Hood Vineyard.

This Pinot Gris is full bodied with a bright yet silky mouthfeel and a crisp finish.  Crisp notes of peach, pear, and apricot with hints of jasmine on the nose transforms into the palate with Mandarin Oranges, honeysuckle blossom and mildly nutty notes of cashew.

This wine is a perfect match for light appetizers, grilled fish, chicken and pasta salads.

200 cases produced.  13% alcohol.  AVA: Columbia Valley

2019 Riesling Perfect White Wines

2019 Riesling

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Our off-dry Riesling showcases the beauty of Columbia Gorge white wines. This is the perfect 'anytime' wine.

100% house vineyard. This is a blend of 35 year old and 7 year old vine blocks. Featuring bright citrus fruits and fresh grassy notes on the nose lead to stone fruit, orange blossom, a hint of honey on the palate and a brilliant minerality. Balanced acidity elevates the palate and ends with a round, satisfying finish.

Pairing suggestions: shellfish, sweets, fruit, poultry

230 cases produced.  13.4% alcohol.  AVA: Columbia Valley

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wines

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

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A smooth and perfectly balanced blend of Elephant Mountain, Moody, and Mckinley Springs vineyards.  Aged in barrel for 22 months, our Cabernet Sauvignon is one of our boldest and most distinctive red wines and a quintessential representation of the Pacific Northwest. We harvest the grapes when they have developed a ripe earthiness with rich, black cherry flavors and deep tannins in the skin; while maintaining acidity. Our Cabernet is smooth and complex with bold luscious notes of black cherries with an undertone of rosemary and eucalyptus. Ripe blueberries round out the finish.

Gold Medal- 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - 2015 (previous vintage)

700 cases produced.  13.9% alcohol.   Columbia Valley AVA.

2017 Necessity Red Red Wines Lively

2017 Necessity Red

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This wine is a lively blend of our premier Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Barbera grapes, celebrating the uniqueness and diversity of our Columbia Gorge wine-growing region. The blend creates a Pinot Noir affect with real substance and weight. All 3 varietals are grown within 25 miles of the winery; there are few places in the world where that is possible.

Fruit-forward with a smooth mouthfeel, this vintage boasts an aroma of violets, rose hips, pomegranate and red currant and a palate offering beautiful acidity, smooth with a soft finish. Great everyday and dinner party wine!

Awards: Silver Medal Winner - 2019 USA Wine Ratings

600 cases produced  14.3% Alcohol.  AVA: Columbia Valley