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2017 B. Leighton Olsen Brothers Vineyard Gratitude

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Latest Sale Price

December 27, 2020 - $31

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RATINGS

96Jeb Dunnuck

Awesome notes of black raspberry liqueur, incense, ground pepper, and forest floor give way to a medium to full-bodied, ripe, powerful yet weightless 2017 that does everything right...

94James Suckling

...a smooth, silky texture that is captivating and beautiful with crushed berries, such as raspberries. Stone and tea-leaf undertones. It’s full-bodied, yet polished and creamy-textured. Spicy aftertaste with cloves and black pepper.

93Stephen Tanzer

Musky aromas of redcurrant and strawberry, plus a sexy floral quality. Densely packed, fine-grained and quite firm, with fresh red berry, floral and olive tapenade flavors displaying serious intensity. This energetic, concentrated blend finishes with firm, dusty tannins that avoid dryness.

91The Wine Advocate

Beginning with a red-berried and spicy nose...aromas of dusty leather, raspberry blossom, plum and cherry skin essence. Medium to full-bodied...shooting with flavors of cherries and red spice with hints of peppercorn before moving onto a soft, dusty finish. Nicely made.

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.