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 Heritage - Silver Medal Winner, 2018 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Our essential red blend, Heritage, (half Cabernet Sauvignon, half Syrah) returns to the tasting room in its 2013 vintage. A silver medal winner at the 2018 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, this wine brings together the dominant flavors of black currant from the Cabernet Sauvignon and blueberries from the Syrah finishing with a cacao flavor imparted from the 30 months of oak barrel aging.
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.
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 Cabernet Sauvignon - Bronze Medal Winner, 2018 Northwest Wine Summit - Released August 2018
Our garnet hued 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon picks up barrel notes of toasted marshmallow, cedar, and smokiness from its aging in new American oak for 30 months. The wine stands tall with hints of cacao, leather, and loam with a plum finish. Aged for an additional year in bottle, this wine pairs well with a hearty meal such as ribeye, pork belly, or Bolognese.
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 Tahija Dry Riesling
The Tahija 2016 Dry Riesling was sourced from the historic Red Willow vineyard in the Yakima Valley. One of the oldest vineyards in the state, its fruit exhibits classic Riesling notes of pear and granny smith apple on the nose. A wine with crisp enough acid to cut through pairings with Asian, BBQ, or spicy dishes, it tastes of apple and Meyer lemon and finishes clean.
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 - Released July 2018
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.
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