2 Double Golds at the Seattle Wine Awards

We were awarded 2 Double Golds and 2 Silvers at this years Seattle Wine Awards

2012 Durif - Double Gold      2011 Syrah Forte - Double Gold

2012 Syrah - Sliver                2013 Rose - Silver                                                                                      

 


Great Northwest Wine: 2011 Merlot! Excellent!

Daven Lore Winery 2011 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

By Great Northwest Wine on November 4, 2014

One of the Washington wine industry’s workhorse vineyards — Alder Ridge with its sandy loam soil — builds 90 percent of this offering by Prosser vintner Gordon Taylor. He’s produced a wine that starts with aromas of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds, plum, cherry soda, dried herbs and smoke, followed by flavors of ripe Van cherry, black currant and plum. Fine blueberry seed tannin, dusty minerality, pleasing acidity and vanilla carry the finish nicely. Suggested food pairings include bouillabaisse, burgers, lasagna and Nicoise Salad.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 98 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

WINE OF THE WEEK!!!

Daven Lore Winery 2012 Petit Verdot

October 12, 2014 Updated 42 minutes ago

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Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills

Prosser vintner Gordon Taylor definitely has dialed in his Petit Verdot program using Double Canyon Vineyard as his 2010 vintage of this Bordeaux variety earned a spot in Great Northwest Wine’s Top 100 list last year. Opulent oak creates a note of toasted coconut, crushed walnut and chocolate sauce with lots of fruitiness of black cherry, raspberry and Western serviceberry. The pour is dense and dark, bold and yet balanced with mouthfilling flavors of plum, boysenberry and blueberry. Rated "Outstanding!" by Great Northwest Wine. (14.5 percent alcohol)

Price: $28

Cases produced: 114

Food pairings: Taylor suggests enjoying this with bold foods such as dry-rubbed BBQ lamb, spicy Italian sausage or gyros.

Daven Lore Winery, 23103 S. Davlor Pr S.W., Prosser, 509-786-1575, www.davenlore.com

Great Northwest Wine. Outstanding 2012 Malbec!!

Daven Lore Winery 2012 Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

By Great Northwest Wine on October 8, 2014

The 2010 freeze took Double Canyon Vineyard out of production for the 2011 vintage, but Prosser, Wash., vintner Gordon Taylor wisely returned to this Pine Ridge project. Aromas of ripe President plum and black cherry are joined by lime peel, cinnamon, cocoa and cedar. It’s a juicy drink of ripe boysenberry and Bing cherry, followed with hints of bittersweet chocolate, dried herbs and cracked black pepper. The texture is fascinating and makes for a long and rich finish. Taylor enjoys it with rack of lamb, arugula salad and wild mushroom risotto, and his wines can be purchased at the winery, Yoke’s Fresh Market, Chocolate Box in Seattle and All Things Wine in Renton.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 166 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

Great Northwest Wine Review 2013 Dry Riesling

Daven Lore Winery 2013 Dry Riesling, Yakima Valley, $15

By Great Northwest Wine on October 1, 2014

Best Buy! Prosser winemaker Gordon Taylor leans on grower/winemaker Patricia O’Brien of nearby VineHeart/Sebastian Vineyard for both of his versions of Riesling. This is a glass brimming with aromas of Golden Delicious apple, apricot, lime and slaty. The drink is light and refreshing with Granny Smith apple, Bosc pear and Limeade, and while the residual sugar is listed at 1.2%, solid acidity definitely gives it a dry approach. Taylor suggests pairing this with spicy fare along the lines of Thai Ginger Beef, and Mongolian Beef also should work well. These wines are available at the winery, Yoke’s Fresh Markets in Eastern Washington, Chocolate Box in Seattle and All Things Wine in Renton.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 61 cases

Alcohol: 13.2%

Awards for The Recommendeuer!

  

The Recommendeuer Brings Home Prestigious Advertising Awards!
Washington State Wine Commission (Apr 16 2014)

It's been an exciting year at Washington State Wine, and one achievement has stood out among the rest,  The Recommendeuer.  After all was said and done,  The Recommendeuer  received 11 awards from five prestigious advertising competitions. A full list of the accolades can be found in the link above, and we invite you to dive in to the bevy of honors this campaign has received. In addition to these awards, Adweek, Sunset Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times, amongst other publications, have expressed their respect and adoration for the application and the wealth of educational information it presents.

Great Northwest Wine 2012 Petit Verdot

Daven Lore Winery 2012 Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

By Great Northwest Wine on September 23, 2014

Prosser vintner Gordon Taylor definitely has dialed in his Petit Verdot program using Double Canyon Vineyard as his 2010 vintage of this Bordeaux variety earned a spot in Great Northwest Wine’s Top 100 list last year. Opulent oak creates a noe of toasted coconut, crushed walnut and chocolate sauce with lots of fruitiness of black cherry, raspberry and Western serviceberry. The pour is dense and dark, bold and yet balanced with mouthfilling flavors of plum, boysenberry and blueberry. Taylor suggests enjoying this with bold foods such as dry-rubbed BBQ lamb, spicy Italian sausage or gyros, and his wines are available at the winery, Yoke’s Fresh Market, Chocolate Box in Seattle and All Things Wine in Renton. While his production remains the same as the stunning 2010, so does the price.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 114 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Daven Lore Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

By Great Northwest Wine on August 11, 2014

Gordon Taylor ranks as one of the best Washington winemakers you may not have heard about, and his Cabernet Sauvignon from Alder Ridge supports that claim. The pick of the Cab and the Cabernet Franc (5%) came late — Nov. 1 — and he includes Malbec (8%) and Petit Verdot (5%) from Lonesome Spring Ranch in the Yakima Valley. The nose hints at blackberry, plum, blueberry and Bing cherry, and there’s no shortage of barrel influence with notes of black licoric, chai spices, horehound and heavy char. Juicy black currant and Van cherry flavors are presented in a medium structure and luscious midpalate, backed by dark chocolate. It is supremely balanced. He suggests cellaring it from zero to eight years and enjoying it with carne asada, roast lamb, charcuterie and even flan. The wine is primarily available via Tri-City wine merchants such as Yoke’s Fresh Markets and Mid Columbia Wine and Spirtis, but you’ll also find Taylor at the farmers markets in Richland and Prosser. He’s also available by appointment at his Prosser winery atop Davlor Road.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 114 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%