Awards & Acclaim

2017 “Nuclear Blonde” Boushey Vineyard Chardonnay – Silver Medal from the San Francisco Chronicle!

This 2017 was 100% barrel fermented in “Burgundian” style using 40% new French Oak with extended lees contact. The result is a wine that is creamy in texture, medium to full bodied with layers of ripe peach, citrus and pineapple with a big butterscotch finish without the presence of overpowering oak.

2014 “Cease and Desist” Yakima Valley Cabernet Franc – 92 Points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate & Gold Medal from the San Francisco Chronicle!

Giving up black, blue and red fruits, with lots of earth, leafy herbs and a touch of graphite, the 2014 Cabernet Franc is medium to full-bodied, has plenty of richness and depth, and good freshness.

2014 “Blacklisted” Yakima Valley Merlot – 90 Points from Robert Parket & Bronze Medal from the San Francisco Chronicle!

Deep ruby red in color, with aromas of perfume, violets, currants with hints of cedar, spice, and licorice. On the palate, it displays layers of red fruit, currants, and graphite, with a big structure and a great tannin mouthfeel that gives this wine an elegant and long-lasting finish.

If you are looking for a big merlot this is it. starting in 2013 we began using the much sought-after Merlot From Boushey Vineyard to compliment the Bold Red Willow Fruit.

2014 “Stone & Vine” Stoney Vine Vineyard Syrah –
92 Points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate!

This Syrah is sourced entirely from Stoney Vine vineyard and exemplifies what the Rocks District of Milton Freewater is all about – Funky, earthy, gamey, aromatic and concentrated with flavors of roasted plum, black fruits, pepper and earth.

2014 “Double Barrel” Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – 91 Points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate & Silver Medal from the San Francisco Chronicle!

This 2014 has classic aromas of blackberry and red fruit with a hint of violets. It is full-bodied with lots of cherries, plums & violets with big structure and tannin This wine is great now but built to last for the next 10-15 years.

2012 Exclamation Riesling – 91 Points & Cellar Selection from Wine Enthusiast!

The label on this exclamation-point Riesling is just that – a white background with a single ! is all you see. Deep and concentrated, it’s off dry, with a mix of sweet apple and tree fruits, supported with juicy acidity. Right now the fruit flavors are all primary, but this has the structure to improve considerably by waiting until 2024 or later in the cellar.

2012 AKA Columbia Valley Merlot – 91 Points

It has a great bouquet of black cherries, plums, violets, licorice and flowers as well as medium to full-bodied richness, no hard edge and a seriously good, seamless texture. Aged in 30% new French oak, I don’t think it will make old bones, but it will certainly evolve for another 7-8 years.I loved these latest releases from winemaker Kevin Correll. All of his wines are 100% varietal.

2012 Cabernet Franc – 91 Points

One of the finest Cabernet Francs from Washington is the 2012 Outcast from Boushey Vineyard, which comes from Yakima Valley, and was raised in 20% once-used barrels and the balance in neutral oak. Ripe red and black fruits, chocolate, underbrush and herbal characteristics all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, richly textured, balanced and classic Cabernet Franc that can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade.

2012 Double Barrel Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 90 Points from The Wine Advocate!

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Double Barrel is thoroughly enjoyable with its ripe plums, currants, incense and dried flower-laced bouquet. Full-bodied, sexy and voluptuous on the palate, with no hard edges, drink it over the coming decade.

2011 AKA Columbia Valley Merlot – 90 Points

Another outstanding wine from this estate, the inky colored 2011 AKA Merlot offers stunning purity and elegance to go with lots of plum, menthol, pen ink and hints of licorice and oak. Made from 100% Merlot and aged 28 months in 30% new French oak, it has medium+-bodied richness, a seamless, silky texture and nicely integrated acidity. The oak stands out slightly but this shines for its fruit. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years.

“I was impressed by these 2011s from Barrage Cellars. In general, I found the opposite to be true, but these handled the extended élevage beautifully.”

Alex CohenWine Drinker
2011 Outcast Yakima Valley Cabernet Franc – 90 Points

Made from 100% Cabernet Franc, the 2011 Cabernet Franc Outcast Boushey Vineyard was aged 26 months in close to equal parts once, twice and then neutral French oak, the 2011 Cabernet Franc Outcast offers lots of menthol, spring flowers, charred earth and sweet black fruits to go with a medium-bodied, elegant, silky profile on the palate. The oak stands out a touch here, but this score high on sheer drinkability and I love its purity and texture. It should have 6-8 years of prime drinking.

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