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Grande Ronde Cellars Library Wines

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GRANDE RONDE
Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Pepper Bridge Vineyard 2007
93 points | $30 | 270 cases made | Red
Dense and expressive, this wine shows presence and depth, offering tobacco-accented cherry and floral flavors that keep glowing on the long finish. The fine tannins aren’t bothersome. Best from 2015 through 2019.—  H.S.

GRANDE RONDE

Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2005                                                                  Score: 90

Supple and open-textured, featuring a light grip of tannin around the tobacco-accented black cherry and licorice flavors, lingering nicely. Drink now through 2015. 250 cases made. –HS

GRANDE RONDE

Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Pepperbridge Vineyard 2005                                                                            Score: 90

Velvety, generous and nicely proportioned to keep the ripe cherry, pomegranate, licorice and tobacco flavors in play without excess weight. Picks up herbal notes on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 210 cases made. –HS

GRANDE RONDE

Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2002                                                                               Score: 90

Firm in texture, supporting an impressive superstructure of flavor, offering ripe cherry, currant and black olive flavors that lope along gently through the long finish. Best from 2008 through 2014. 600 cases made. –HS

GRANDE RONDE

Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2003                                                                               Score: 90

Elegant and expressive. A wine of modest weight and size, but with earthy cherry and spice flavors that just slide in easily as the finish rolls on and on against fine tannins. Drink now through 2014. 400 cases made. –HS
 Grande Ronde Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 1999 92 $40
 Grande Ronde Merlot Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2001 91 $40
 Grande Ronde Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2002 90 $30
 Grande Ronde Cellar Red Walla Walla Valley 2003 90 $20
 Grande Ronde Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2003 90 $30
 Grande Ronde Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2005 90 $30
 Grande Ronde Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Pepperbridge Vineyard 2005 90 $30
 

                                           

Cabernet Sauvignon

Excellent.

Grande Ronde Cellars

2005 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Walla Walla Valley $30

One of the Northwest’s top vineyards, a

superb vintage and winemaking that kept the alcohol

in check resulted in a wine that’s aging quite nicely.

Aromas of black currant, Bing cherry, vanilla, Earl

Grey tea, black olive, earthiness and eucalyptus are

matched on the balanced palate.

Merlot

Excellent.

Grande Ronde Cellars

2006 Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot

Walla Walla Valley, $30

Grand Ronde Cellars (began making wine) in 1997 using

fruit from Seven Hills Vineyard. Here’s a sturdy

and stylish Merlot featuring aromas and flavors of

black cherry, cassis and blueberry. It is accented by

notes of anise and caramelized brown sugar

Cabernet Franc

Excellent.

Grande Ronde Cellars

2008 Cabernet Franc

Walla Walla Valley, $25

Vineyard manager Dave Westfall is one of the four founders of this

Spokane winery, which was launched in 1997, and

(uses exclusively) Walla Walla Valley fruit (for its red wines.)

This will appeal to “Francophile” fans, those who appreciate

the tones of red currant, Van cherry, oregano and

green bell pepper. The subdued barrel notes and

sandy tannins give this lots of food applications,

including lean meats.

  Outstanding!

Grande Ronde Cellars

2007 Cellar Red

Walla Walla Valley, $20

Spokane vintner John Mueller took over the winemaking after his brother —

Mountain Dome’s Michael Manz — passed away in

2006. This blend of Bordeaux varieties includes

Grand Vidure (30%), aka Carménère, and the drink is

indeed a great tribute to the company’s founding partner.

The aromas lead with cassis, cherries,

blackberry and chocolate, but there’s added

complexity with scents of minerality, flannel,

chalkboard dust and green peppercorns, which hint at

the Carm. As a drink, its light-to-medium body should

have broad appeal, bringing flavors of blueberry,

blackberry, mint chocolate, lilac and horehound. Look

for a piece of toffee in the finish.

Grande Ronde Cellars

2005 Seven Hills Vineyard Charlotte's Cuvee

Walla Walla Valley, $40

This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (67%),

Cabernet Franc (18%) and Merlot (15%) shows in the nose

abundant red cherry and red currant aromas with rose

hips, lavender, lilac and cedar underpinnings. There’s

pleasing balance to the palate with a structure of

sweet plum, cherry and Baker’s chocolate, then some

nice licorice notes in the finish.

   

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