Matt Walker

Location: Northridge, CA

I am a Certified Specialist of Wine and uncertified Wine Geek! As a Snoother, I hope to raise awareness for smaller, lesser-known but quality driver producers. Major regions I specialize in include Washington, California, Tuscany, Bordeaux, and the Douro

Red Mountain Majesties

Red Mountain is Washington's smallest AVA (by area) and one of the newest being established as a unique subregion of Yakima Valley in 2001.  Some of Washington's most acclaimed wines are sourcing grapes from vineyards here most notably Quilceda Creek.  Many wines made from Red Mountain are single vineyard giving the curious oenophile great opportunity to experience true WA terrior.  The wines coming out of this tiny area display high concentration of fruit with powerful tannins.  Many wines from Red Mountain are easy matches for similarly and even higher priced Napa Valley wines.

2. Col Solare Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley (2006)

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This was the wine that started me on my love affair with Washington Bordeaux Blends. Exquisitely crafted, the wine is subtle yet powerful, dense, complex and extremely enjoyable. Cocoa powder is immediacies apparent on the nose along with black cherries the wine reminds one of a black forest cake. Beyond this there's pepper, graphite, minerals and clove. Tannins are assertive (in a good way).
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