It's All About The Grapes
Liberty Lake Wine Cellars is proud to produce wines from the Red Mountain AVA. The smallest (4,040 acres) and warmest wine growing region in Washington, Red Mountain AVA wines are known for their bold, balanced, and intense berry flavors.
2012 Legacy Red Blend - Silver Medal Winner, 2018 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
This unique blend of 30% Petit Verdot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Tempranillo, 17% Syrah, and 12% Merlot is complex with balanced tannis from being aged in 50% new Amerian oak for 40 months. With a nose of ripened mixed berries and the color of Japanese plums this wine brings forth the essence of Red Mountain. The result is a wine with dark intensity and a backbone which will allow it to be cellared for a decade or more.
2013 Aquila Red Blend - Released August 2018
This is our third iteration of this favorite red blend, Aquila, meaning Eagle and produced to support the Eastern Washington University Alumni Association. The rich smell of sandalwood and blueberries softens as one sips and tastes the currant and pomegranate notes. Reminiscent of wet gravel and ripened berries on a vine after a warm summer’s rain. The blend of 35% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Tempranillo, 16% Syrah, and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon was aged 30 months in American oak before being bottled and aged an additional 20 months.
2013 Petit Verdot - Silver Medal Winner, 2018 Northwest Wine Summit
Our 2013 Petit Verdot tells a tale of bouncing down a dusty, winding road in an old GMC pickup leading to a vineyard with vine-ripened grapes planted in Scooteney soil. The dark purple, almost black grapes from harvest carry forward the same rich color in the glass. The soil gives an earthiness to the wine finishing with a mild rhubarb pie flavor.
2013 Syrah - Low Inventory
One of the consistent standouts at Liberty Lake Wine Cellars, our 2013 Syrah is no exception. This single-vineyard wine from the acclaimed Red Mountain AVA presents as deep garnet in color. The nose is reminiscent of a childhood campfire. The creamy mouth feel hits one’s palate with a burst of chocolate, blueberry, and tart cherry with a hint of olive and tobacco. Although easily enjoyed on it’s own, this wine pairs well with rich foods such as foraged wild mushrooms, lamb, and soft cheese such as blue cheese or brie.
2014 Tahija Merlot
The first Merlot bottled under the Tahija label is a blend of 85% Merlot from the Stillwater Creek and Sagemoor vineyards with 15% Petit Verdot from Seven Hills vineyard. This Merlot is very approachable with a hint of violet on the nose. The wine extends to the palate with cedar, fennel, and sage finishing with bakers chocolate. This wine is easily drinkable either with or without food.
2016 Malbec - Silver Medal Winner, 2018 Northwest Wine Summit - Low Inventory
Scooteney Flats Vineyard
Liberty Lake Wine Cellars very first Malbec joins the line up as a crowd favorite right out of the gate. People are passionate about Malbec; and as soon as it was announced to wine club members we had requests to reserve bottles. With a hint of iris on the nose, this wine tastes of blueberry, Mexican vanilla, and chocolate. Our new Icone "Elevation" barrels add a toasty finish and length on the palate. This wine is drinkable now, but can withstand aging due to the excellent overall structure of tannins, fruit, and oak.
2016 Merlot - Gold Medal Winner and Best in Category, 2018 Northwest Wine Summit
Introducing our first gold medal winning Merlot, which took home Best in Category at the 2018 Northwest Wine Summit. This fruit forward wine smells of chocolate and is delightfully complex on the palate with notes of red currant and leather; nostalgic of the childhood memory of chewing on your baseball mitt. The sleek tannin profile from 20-months aging in 100% new Slovakian oak round out this bold expression of Red Mountain Merlot.
2017 Tahija Sangiovese Rose'
Our latest iteration of rosé hails from the Candy Mountain vineyard approximately 5 miles from our primary Red Mountain vineyards. This beautiful blush colored wine smells of nectarines, white peach, and hibiscus flowers. The hibiscus notes flow to the palate with rose pedals, jasmine green tea, and ruby red grapefruit. We love it so much we have already locked in the same rows of grapes for next year! The perfect summer wine.
2017 Tahija Chardonnay
The second vintage of Tahija Chardonnay stands out as a beautiful expression of the varietal. Sourced in the heart of the Columbia Valley, this wine bursts forth with freshness and a tropical nose of pineapple and honey. The light color of straw is misleading as the palate is more complicated than it appears, with star fruit at the forefront and a finish of Meyer lemon and bright acidity. Hints of toffee show through from the judicious use of oak that was used to balance out the brightness in the fruit.
2017 Gewürztraminer - Released October 2018
Our 2017 Gewürztraminer wine is our first foray into an “orange” or “skin contact” white wine and our first Gewürztraminer. “Orange” denotes the color and “skin contact” indicates how it was produced. Just like a red wine, this wine sat on its skins through fermentation before being pressed. The result is a full-bodied white wine, tangerine in color, and more structure and tannins than a typical white wine. With a nose of pear and wild rose, it tastes of nectarine and lychee finishing creamy and clean. Reminiscent of autumn colors this wine reminds us of a beautiful day floating down the river in a fishing raft. Although the air is crisp, the sun warms the raft and the smell of the trees, grass, and river warms our soul one final time for the season. For more information on orange/skin contact white wine, click here.
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