Tasting Notes


Blaufrankisch - 2015
The Blaurfankisch is intensely colored, medium to full-bodied with brooding black fruit flavors and a hint of peppery spice. It has integrated tannic structure and with age, will develop a velvety texture. The grapes are from the Red Mountain appellation and were aged in French and American oak barrels for 18 months.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - GOLD Medal Winner, Seattle Wine Awards
The 2013 Cabernet is from Elephant Mountain Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hill appellation of Washington State. Clean and pure flavors of herbs, blackberry, and black currant come from the high elevation of the vineyard, 1360 to 1500 feet. The herbal qualities of the wine will match well with grilled steaks such as rib-eye and porterhouse; of course a little blue cheese sauce will add to your enjoyment of the wine and the dinner!

Graciano - 2015
A red grape that was once of vital importance in the Rioja region of northern Spain. Prone to disease and low yields, it nonetheless produces wines of considerable weight, pigmentation, perfume and quality. Wine (if you can find it) from Graciano is rich, full bodied, yet soft, plush with aromatic flavors of black fruits, dried grass, plums and whiffs of vanilla.

Il Fascino Rosso 2013 GOLD Medal Winner, Seattle Wine Awards
58% Malbec, 23% Syrah and 19% Cabernet Sauvignon

Il Fascino Rosso (The Red Fascination)is intensely purple in color. In the nose, floral aromas from the Malbec, Syrah adds some spice and good volume in the mouth plus silky tannins. Finally, Cabernet Sauvignon provides great structure to the blend.

La Grande Affair - BEST IN CLASS Winner, Seattle Wine Awards
Layered with dark fruit, mocha, licorice, tobacco, and cassis makes this an intense and lush wine that is very well structured with acid and integrated tannins. This is truly a serious wine. made for aging.

Petit Sirah 2014
The Petite Sirah is also known as Durif. It is a cross between Syrah and an obscure grape called Peloursin. It is known to age for at least 20 years with its black purple color, strong tannins + acidity and intense flavor. It profiles black pepper, plums, licorice, black cherries and leather.

Pinot Noir Dijon Clone 2015
From Allechant vineyards in the Rattlesnake Hills Appellation just outside of Yakima, this vineyard is on a north side slope and it features a blend of the 115, 667 and 777 Dijon clones of Pinot Noir. The floral nose of rose petals and violets is followed by flavors of strawberries, hints of rhubarb and tart cherries. Medium acid and soft integrated tannins make this a good choice for either turkey or roast.

Pinot Noir Pommard Clone 2015
The Pommard clone is considered the masculine Pinot Noir exhibiting a bright red color with mineral and spice-laced red cherry and raspberry flavors; hints of licorice and cola. It will continue to develop over the next few years. 45 cases produced.

Spanish Dancer - 2015 41% Tempranillo, 36% Garnacha, 23% Graciano
This is our second Spanish Dancer and it features less Tempranillo and more Garnacha than the 2014. Again we are using the grape called Graciano which gives the blend balance, color and flavor. Graciano is used by only a handful of wineries in the state. The wine is a little more fruit forward with the leather on the nose followed by red plums, mocha and blackberry. If you like Paella, this is your wine.

SR 203 - 2014 BRONZE Medal Winner, Seattle Wine Awards
32% Grenache, 21% Mourvedre, 19% Counoise, 16% Petit Sirah, 12% Syrah

This blend from Lonesome Springs Ranch Vineyard uses many of the Rhone grapes that are used in the famous Chateauneuf de Pape wines from France. Cherry red with bright fruit and a white pepper finish.

Starboard 2011
Since the European Union guidelines only allow the sweet fortified wine from the Douro Valley of Portugal to be called Port, with a play on words, we have named our wine Starboard. This Tempranillo port styled wine is layered with rich dark fruit flavors covering the palate with a sweet after taste. Serve after meals as a dessert wine and with a cheese plate. For those who choose, a cigar often goes well with this wine.

Syrah 2013
The 2013 Syrah was co-fermented 5% of Viognier as is done in the northern Rhone region of Cote Rotie in France. The characteristics of the Viognier combine with the Syrah to create wonderful aromatics of plums, braised meats, tart boysenberry, pepper, leather and black olives. It will pairs particularly well with lamb; Try different spices such as cloves, allspice, mint or rosemary to match the savory flavors of the Syrah.

Syrah/Tempranillo/Monastrell - 2014
52% Syrah, 42% Tempranillo, 6% Monastrell

An untraditional blend in Spain, Syrah is starting to make its way into Spanish wines and Pleasant Hill Cellars is always on that cutting edge of blending. Tempranillo brings a range of ripe berry, cherry and currant flavors and touches of black pepper and licorice. A great wine for red meats and can be aged for several years.

Tannat 2014
This Tannat has an almost black on black color with smoked meat, tar and black raspberry on the nose. When aired, nuances of licorice and concentrated blackberry open up on the palate. Balanced between fruit, acid and tannins this wine will age for a decade or more. Will match well with prime rib, rosemary, lamb and venison.

Tannat 2015
This Tannat is made from 100% Washington grapes from the Wahluke Slope in Eastern Washington. The rich palate has flavors of black cherry, bittersweet chocolate, concentrated blackberry, with ripe tannins and a spicy finish. Should be decanted 1-2 hours before serving. Only 45 cases produced.

Tempranillo/Tannat 2014 BRONZE Medal Winner, Seattle Wine Awards
A deeply concentrated red wine with ripe fruit on the nose. The rich flavors of dark fruit, milk chocolate, accentuate the lush mouthfeel and extended finish. The Tannat gives the Tempranillo structure, a perfect pairing. Serve with roasted meats, meaty olives, lamb, and strong cheeses.

Tempranillo/Tannat 2015
Deep ruby red in color with aromas of blackberry and blueberries. Flavors of leather, black olives, dark chocolate, and mocha are present on the finish. The Tempranillo is from the Rattlesnake Hill appellation near Yakima and the Tannat is from the Wahluke Slope near Mattawa, Washington.

Ultimo - 2014 Gold Medal Winner, Seattle Wine Awards - A Bordeaux blend 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, $39% Cabernet Franc, 18% Petit verdot
The wine opens with a dark-purple hue and aromas of ripe cherries. Rich and full bodied, this blend combines mouth-filling flavors of black cherries and blackberries with notes of licorice, black olives, and sweet herbs. Acidity marries with succulent fruit flavors for a long silky finish.


Sandy's Smile 2016
This blend has multifaceted fruit and floral aromatics, wonderful viscosity and a soft everlasting finish with honey, peach, and apricot flavors. A great wine with Thai food.

Sauvignon Blanc 2016

This wine is crisp, dry and elegant and comes from Melody Lynne Vineyard in the Yakima Canyon. With its composition, it is a sure fire attribute for raw oysters on the shell with a touch of champagne ice. The aromas of grass, bell peppers and celery combine with flavors of lime and green apple.