MikeL's Guide to WA Wineries
Yakima River Winery - Wines

The Wines: (Summer 1997)
1995 Johannisberg Riesling:
Gold, Central WA State Fair; Best Of Show, Agricultural Festival, Spokane; Gold of Gold, Seattle; more...
This Riesling offers honeysuckle and peach scents that blossom in the glass. Incredibly well-balanced in the mouth, crisp acid balances all the elagant fruit. A classic.
Appellation: Yakima Valley;
Cooperage: stainless steel
Date of bottling: Mar-96

1995 Pinot Gris:

The Yakima River Winery produced the first Pinot Gris in Washington State. The year was 1988. The production of this varietal is still very small, less than 100 cases annually.
Appellation: Yakima Valley;
Date of bottling: Mar-96

1993 Cabernet Sauvignon:
Appellation: Yakima Valley;
Date of bottling: Aug-96

1992 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon:
Winemaker's Reserve 1992 is loaded with well-concentrated black currant fruit centered with deep aromas of rich vanilla and toasty oak. Deeply constituted, carefully balanced youthful Cabernet in the mouth, flavors of solid, oak enriched fruit, tight with a long finish.

1993 Merlot:
Gold, Les Amis du Vin Int'l (5 years in a row); Silver Intervin; 2 puffs Connoiseur's Guide
Yakima Valley Merlot 1993 continues the Yakima tradition of outstanding, highly acclaimed wines. Black raspberry fruit neatly layerd with sweet, spicy oak with just a hint of smoke in the background. Supple and inviting at entry, it offers accessible full flavored ripe fruit bouyed by toasty oak and wrapped in ample, yet balanced tannins. Will age very well 4 to 6 years.
Appellation: Yakima Valley;
Date of bottling: Oct-96

1995 Rendevous: (Lemberger)
Highly Recommended, Wine & Food Companion; Gold Les Amis du Vin Int'l; Silver, Central WA State Fair
Yakima Valley 1995 Rendevous combines spice, black epper and a grapey fruit in the nose. Moderately full body, no astringency, finished with black pepper spice, much like a good Rhone. Enjoy with spicy food like Thai and pasta dishes.
Cooperage: stainless steeel
Date of bottling: Mar-96

1994 John's Port:
Gold, Intervin Int'l; Gold, Fla State Fair; Silver, Central WA State Fair; Silver, Tri-Cities Wine Festival
Rich, complex aromas of berry-like fruit that follow through in the finish, revealing oak, black pepper and spicy black briery taste. Richly structured, with mouthfilling warmth and sweet berry tones, and a silky smoothness on the palate.
Appellation: Yakima Valley;

1995 Sof/Lem: (White Lemberger)

Sweet loganberries, black peppercorn and a hint of smoke combine in rich and emphatically ripe aromas. Slightly jammy fruit and a very smooth finish on the palate, this youthful, nicely balanced wine lingers to give consumers and connoiseurs alike their money's worth. Serve lightly chilled. Contains no histamines, so a person with reactions to them can enjoy this wine.
Appellation: Yakima Valley;
Cooperage: stainless steel
Date of bottling: Mar-96

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