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2014 B. Leighton Olsen Brothers Vineyard Gratitude

Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery; Consignor is original owner

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RATINGS

94The Wine Advocate

...killer notes of blueberries, crushed rocks, Asian spices and exotic, peppery nuance...full-bodied, seamless and impeccably balanced...

94James Suckling

Abundant blue fruits with raspberries and subtle roasting herbs lead to a palate that has a very elegant, sanguine and refreshing feel. Bright tannins. Some mocha to close. Elegant structure with length and balance.

93Wine Spectator

Dynamic and rich in personality, with blackberry, tobacco and green olive aromas and dense but polished flavors that move at a clip toward mineral-tinged tannins.

92Wine Enthusiast

...crushed flower, dried herb, plum, black pepper and red fruit aromas. The palate shows velvety red and black fruit flavors that feel pure and balanced.

REGION

United States, Washington, Yakima Valley

Yakima Valley AVA was the first AVA created in Washington State. The valley, a 600,000-acre area in south central Washington, was granted AVA status in 1983. In 1984 Columbia Valley was given AVA status, and Yakima Valley was enclosed within the Columbia Valley AVA. Nevertheless, Yakima Valley remains home to the largest concentration of vineyards and wineries in the state. There are more than 60 wineries and some 16,000 vineyard acres, and nearly 40% of Washington wines are made with Yakima Valley grapes. The most frequently planted grape is Chardonnay, followed by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaking here dates to 1869, when a winemaker from Alsace planted grape vines. Vineyard planting and wine production plodded along slowly until the early 1980s when numerous modern pioneers started making well-reviewed Yakima Valley wines. Some of the state’s newest, most closely watched appellations, including Red Mountain AVA and Horse Heaven Hills AVA, are contained within Yakima Valley.