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New Releases YOU. MUST. TRY. 2012 Carmenere and 2012 Cadenza Washington Red Blend


Big, Bold, Beautiful, 2012 Barrel-aged reds are here!

"I'm excited to share our 2012 red wines with you! The 2012 vintage is one of the best since I started the winery 10 years ago, and I think these are the best wines we have made ... so far. The Carménère is one of our fastest to sell out because of its peppery profile and soft tannins, and micro-production. The Cadenza is a special treat that is only produced in the best vintages; it's a perfect blend for those who like big, bold reds."  Bob Delf, Northwest Cellars, Chief Wine Geek


Come into our Urban Winery and Tasting Room in Kirkland to get your hands on these while they last. Both are very limited productions and will sell out quickly! Can't make it to the tasting room? BUY ONLINE

2012 Carménère (Columbia Valley)

100% Carménère  |  Only 56 cases. $48 per bottle.

A nose of black cherry, sweet oak, pipe tobacco, vegetative earth, mint and a touch of pickled jalapeno that leads to a mouthful of more ripe dark berries, black currant, cocoa, and bell pepper. It all combines with a velvety mouthfeel, subdued tannins and a lusciously long finish. A fabulously deep rich wine.

PAIR THIS CARMÉNÈRE WITH: tapas, spicy andouille or chorizo sausage, earthy vegetables, roasted peppers


2012 Cadenza Red Blend (Columbia Valley)

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carménère, 25% Merlot |  236 cases. $36 per bottle.

On the nose there's blackberry, strawberry, spice, chocolate, earth and straw. On the palate it's all dark berry along with both red and black licorice. But also a fresh and savory aspect touched with thyme and oregano. Very well balanced with soft but definite tannins that show up with the finish of blackberry touched with orange.

This wine has already been awarded a SILVER MEDAL from Hilton Head Island Wine Competition (Feb 2015)

PAIR THIS BLEND WITH: mature cheeses like manchego, grilled meats, spicy foods


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New Releases YOU. MUST. TRY. 2012 Merlot and 2012 Malbec


The first of our 2012 Barrel-aged reds are here!

"I'm excited to share our 2012 red wines with you! These are the first two of 13 limited production 2012 red wines that will be released throughout 2015. The 2012 vintage is one of the best since I started the winery 10 years ago, and I think these are the best wines we have made ... so far."  Bob Delf, Northwest Cellars, Chief Wine Geek


Come into the Kirkland Winery and Tasting Room to get your hands on these while they last. Both are very limited productions and will sell out quickly!

2012 Merlot from Cordon Grove Vineyard (Columbia Valley)

90% Merlot, 10% Syrah  |  Only 99 cases. $24 per bottle.

This wine opens with a hint of floral perfume along with inviting scents of chocolate, caramel, rainier cherry, blueberry and dark plum, some dried orange peel and a touch of bronze fennel. It has a lush and smooth mouthfeel with very finely integrated tannins and lots of cherry cola, concentrated blueberry, cocoa, bramble and a touch of allspice.

PAIR THIS MERLOT WITH: sharp aged cheddar, hamburgers, a big juicy steak


2012 Malbec from Spofford Station Vineyard (Walla Walla Valley)

97% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot  |  Only 102 cases. $28 per bottle.

Plum, dusty strawberry, and blackberry along with sweet vanilla and chocolate aromas entice the nose with this voluptuous wine. The palate plays out with more not-quite-ripe blackberry and dark plum but also red currant and a tart cherry zing of acidity. Fine grained tannins here and that dusty dark quality that finishes with a little sweet spice...mmm...

PAIR THIS MALBEC WITH: dark chocolate, pepper steak, grilled or smoked salmon, BBQ ribs


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Every year, Wine Press Northwest (a fantastic online publication that we included in our ‘Top Northwest blogs’ post) holds a year-end competition. Appropriately dubbed the “Platinum Judging,” this competition is meant to determine and showcase the best wines the Pacific Northwest has to offer from the previous year. In order to be eligible, a wine has to have been certified gold or better at a professionally judged wine competition sometime during 2014.

Unsurprisingly, our highly skilled winemaker, Robert Smasne, took home nine platinum certifications in all, two of which were for wines from Northwest Cellars! That’s right, our 2013 Sonatina and our 2011 Verhey Vineyard Malbec were both certified platinum at the competition!

Our 2011 Verhey Vineyard Malbec was certified double gold this year at Seattle Wine Awards. According to Wine Press Northwest, “The complexity is overwhelming in this truly fabulous wine!”
Our 2013 Sonatina, which also received a certification (gold) at this year’s Seattle Wine Awards, was characterized by Wine Press NW as “...wildly aromatic on the nose and rich on the palate.”

We were also fortunate to have our 2011 Petite Sirah and our 2011 Intrigue both certified as Double Gold this year. Our 2010 Syrah, and our 2012 Chardonnay, were also honored this year, each receiving a gold certification.

All in all, we are so honored and incredibly humbled to be included in this competition. There are so many great wines from the Northwest, and it’s really a treasure to share ranks with some of the region’s best. Ultimately, the crafting of wine is not about competition to see which wine is best, which one pairs better with a particular dish, etc. The crafting of a truly great wine is about sharing the passion we as vintners feel towards wine and the experience it gives us. And that’s exactly what competitions like these are all about: sharing the love for wine that abounds in this region. Thanks again to Wine Press Northwest!
You can read up on the complete results from the competition here!

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