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. All current releases are from the KBJ Vineyards in the heart of Red Mountain.

2009 Merlot

Silver Medal Winner – Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

Our handcrafted artisan Merlot was aged in toasted American oak barrels to impart a light oak characteristic while allowing the wine to stay true to its varietal character with a very dark and intensely deep scarlet/ruby hue and rich aromas and flavors of black cherry, currant, cedar, and green olive. Along with mint, tobacco, and tea-leaf tones this Merlot provides a seamless interlude balanced with generous tannins that coat the palate, leading to an impressive dimensional and lasting finish. This unfiltered wine was bottled on August 21, 2012, after being aged for 35 months in barrel then aged an additional18 months in bottle before its release in March 2014.

2011 Aquila Red Blend

Our latest blend, Aquila, has its name derived small northern constellation (the Eagle), said to represent the eagle that carried Ganymede to Olympus and was produced in partnership with the EWU Alumni Association. This three varietal blend has a rich purple hue giving the wine its distinct color. The cedar and tobacco nose play well against the dense berry flavors that are balanced by the wine’s time in aged in American oak. The wine finishes with notes of anise and white pepper. Blended with 65% Merlot, 25% Petit Verdot, and 10% Syrah.

2011 Merlot

Silver Medal Winner - 2016 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

The 2011 Merlot will draw you in with the deeply opaque crimson hue, but will be quickly overshadowed by the aroma characteristic of Red Mountain fruit. The bottomless bouquet offers a magnificent and complex mélange of stone fruits, vanilla, and earth with hints of oak. The palate opens with smooth red berry notes bounded by vanilla, mineral, black pepper, and oak. The finish is finely balanced with long sprawling notes of fruit and spice with structured tannins. Bottled in November 2013, the 2011 Merlot was aged for 24 months in barrel and 24 additional months in bottle before its release in November 2015. The 2011 Merlot is an unfiltered wine.

2012 Heritage 

Bronze Medal Winner - 2017 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

The 2012 Heritage takes a turn to the east, with the first use of a Slovakian barrel for the Cabernet Sauvignon component of this Red Mountain single-vineyard 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Syrah blend. The wine possesses a color of raw garnets while having a sweet floral nose with hints of plum. The tannins are lively with the Slovakian barrel adding a component of vanilla and the Red Mountain fruit showing flavors of dark cherry finishing with unsweetened cacao. Big and bold, this wine should continue to evolve in bottle for years to come. The 2012 Heritage is an unfiltered wine aged 40 months in oak barrels and 11 months in bottle before its release in March 2017.

2012 Petit Verdot

Silver Medal Winner - 2017 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

This wine is 100% Red Mountain single-vineyard Petit Verdot, which underwent 40 months of extended barrel aging in 50% new American oak. Displaying a hue of Italian plum, the nose has the typical Petit Verdot floral tones with anise and includes aromas of caramel, flint, and dill. The tannins are firm with a velvet mouth feel. The anise notes are on full display on the palate, along with the spice of tri-colored peppercorns and a smooth, lasting finish. The 2012 Petit Verdot is an unfiltered wine aged 40 months in oak barrels and 11 months in bottle before its release in March 2017.. 

2012 Tempranillo

Bronze Medal Winner - 2017 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

In the style of a gran reserve Rioja, this wine saw 40 months of aging in neutral American oak to tame the tannins often found in New World Tempranillo. The result of the extended aging of the powerful 2012 vintage is a wine that is robust with leather, cherry, and fig on the palate, yet is both smooth and approachable. Bottled in March of 2016, this wine saw an additional 8 months of bottle aging before its release in November 2016. The 2012 Tempranillo is an unfiltered wine, released in November 2016. 

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic representation of the Red Mountain AVA, with strong cherry notes on the nose along with scents of currant and vanilla.  With tastes of cherry and dark fruit at the forefront, 30 months of aging in a blend of new and neutral American oak barrels brings excellent structure to this wine. A powerhouse that has cellaring potential, this Cabernet Sauvignon will pair with the most savory of dishes including those with garlic and rosemary. Bottled in April of 2016, this wine saw an additional 7 months of bottle aging before its release in November 2016. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is an unfiltered wine. 

2015 Tahija Chardonnay 

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars first Chardonnay is lightly oaked from the Columbia Valley. Due to the very hot 2015 vintage, this wine boasts pleasing tropical fruit flavors such as passionfruit and pineapple with a hint of honeysuckle. Some drinkers sense a slight bit of cotton candy on the nose, while the light oak creates a smooth and restrained mouth feel.

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. 

2016 Tahija Tempranillo Rosé

The first Tempranillo Rosé produced at Liberty Lake Wine Cellars, the nectarine colored wine has a subtle nose of strawberry with hints of watermelon. This fruit forward wine with a subdued acidity and nectarine on the palate ends with a clean finish due to the wine being put through full malolactic fermentation in barrel. A drinkable wine that is enjoyed best chilled on hot summer days, enjoy as your pool day rosé. Sourced from Eclectic Fox Vineyards, 5 miles south of Red Mountain AVA.

Sold Out Wines

NV Legacy Red Blend
2009 Cabernet Franc
2009 Syrah
2011 Syrah
2011 Heritage Reserve Red Blend
2013 Dry Riesling

Our Awards & Recognition

Our collection of award winning wines.

Our collection of award winning wines.

NV Legacy Red Blend
Gold Medal, 2015 Northwest Wine Summit

2011 Petit Verdot
Bronze Medal, 2015 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

2011 Tempranillo
Silver Medal, 2015 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

2009 Merlot
Silver Medal, 2015 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

2009 Heritage
Gold Medal, 2014 Seattle Wine Awards
Bronze Medal, 2014 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Gold Medal, 2014 Seattle Wine Awards

2014 Great Northwest Wine Competition

2009 Syrah
Bronze Medal, 2014 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Silver Medal, 2014 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

2009 Tempranillo
Bronze Medal, 2012 Northwest Wine Summit
Double Gold Medal, 2012 Seattle Wine Awards

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
“Excellent” rating, Spring 2013 Wine Press Northwest Cabernet Sauvignon Judging
Silver Medal, 2014 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

2008 Cabernet Franc
Silver Medal, 2013 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

2008 Syrah
Silver Medal, 2012 Seattle Wine Awards
2012 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

2007 Cabernet Franc
89 Points, Wine Advocate, August 2011

2007 Merlot
90 Points, Wine Advocate, August 2011
Bronze Medal, 2011 Northwest Wine Summit

2007 Heritage
Bronze Medal, 2011 Northwest Wine Summit
Silver Medal, 2011 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition
“Excellent” Rating, Wine Press Northwest, Winter 2010

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Gold Medal, 2011 Northwest Wine Summit

2007 Gary’s Legacy Red
“Recommended” rating, Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2011

2007 Syrah
Bronze Medal, 2010 Northwest Wine Summit

2007 Cabernet Franc
Silver Medal, 2010 Northwest Wine Summit

2006 Merlot
“Excellent” Rating, Wine Press Northwest Major Judging, Spring 2010
Bronze Medal, 2010 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Gold Medal, 2010 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

2006 Syrah
Bronze Medal, 2009 Northwest Wine Summit

2005 Merlot
Silver Medal, 2009 Washington State Wine Competition

2005 Syrah
Double Gold Medal, 2009 Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
Gold Medal, 2009 Northwest Wine Summit

Find our wines at the following locations:

Hay J’s Bistro – Liberty Lake, WA
Liberty Lake Liquor and Wine – Liberty Lake, WA
Bottles – Spokane Valley, WA
Twelve String Brewing Company – Spokane Valley, WA
Nectar Wine and Beer – Kendal Yards, Spokane, WA
URM – Spokane/Spokane Valley, WA