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Wines of Substance

Washington State Periodic Table of Wines

    Varietals of Washington

  • CsCabernet Sauvignon
    Color: redOrigin: BordeauxYear: 2009Price: $20.00OrderTasting Notes PDF

    Flavors & Aromatics: Blackberry, black raspberry, black currant (cassis), bell pepper, eucalyptus, mint, black olive, green olive, earth, mushroom, chocolate, cocoa, molasses, smoke, plum, cedar, tobacco, licorice, graphite (pencil box).

  • MeMerlot
    Color: redOrigin: BordeauxYear: 2009Price: $20.00Sold out!Tasting Notes PDF

    Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon, but “softer”, rounder when very ripe, focus on herbal and “green” flavors.

  • CfCabernet Franc
    Color: redOrigin: BordeauxYear: 2010Price: $20.00Sold out!Tasting Notes PDF

    Similar to Cabernet but with more herbal, sometimes vegetal notes.

  • MbMalbec
    Color: redOrigin: BordeauxYear: 2009Price: $20.00Sold out!Tasting Notes PDF

    Enjoyment Warning: The chemical found in the Walla Walla grape packs the wine with flavor -- definitely a food-lover's wine. Food pairings: rare grilled beef is the perfect partner for our Substance: 2008 Mb, and we couldn’t have asked for a better match than a locally produced, grass-fed t-bone.

  • PvPetit Verdot
    Color: redOrigin: Bordeaux

    Does anyone really drink this by itself?

  • SeSemillon
    Color: whiteOrigin: Bordeaux

    Flavors & Aromatics: Peach, pear, melon, fig, cream, honey, cinnamon, lanolin, vanilla, apricot (in sweeter styles), floral, beeswax.

  • SySyrah
    Color: redOrigin: RhĂ´neYear: 2010Price: $20.00Sold out!Tasting Notes PDF

    Flavors & Aromatics: Blackberry, black currant (cassis), black raspberry, black plum, white pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, anise, prune, oak, soy, chocolate, smoke, sausage, toast, violets.

  • GrGrenache
    Color: redOrigin: RhĂ´ne

    Flavors & Aromatics: Grape, jam, red berry, cranberry, cinnamon, prune, tea, soy, pepper, violets, rose petal.

  • MvMourvedre
    Color: redOrigin: RhĂ´ne

    Flavors & Aromatics: Pot roast, black fruits, game, leather, truffles.

  • CiCinsault
    Color: redOrigin: RhĂ´ne

    Blending varietal in the Southern RhĂ´ne Valley. See Grenache.

  • CoCounoise
    Color: redOrigin: RhĂ´neYear: 2009Price: $20.00Sold out!Tasting Notes PDF

    Primarily used as a blending grape due to its high acidity and hints of spices and pepper in the Southern RhĂ´ne Valley of France. See Grenache.

  • VgViognier
    Color: whiteOrigin: RhĂ´neYear: 2009Price: $15.00OrderTasting Notes PDF

    Flavors & Aromatics: Viognier tastes like fruit loops.

  • MnMarsanne
    Color: whiteOrigin: RhĂ´ne

    Flavors & Aromatics: See Viognier. But slightly more muted.

  • RnRoussanne
    Color: whiteOrigin: RhĂ´neYear: 2009Price: $20.00OrderTasting Notes PDF

    Flavors & Aromatics: See Viognier. But slightly more muted.

  • PnPinot Noir
    Color: redOrigin: Burgundy

    Flavors & Aromatics: Cherry, raspberry, strawberry, prune, plum, pomegranate, coffee, spice, coriander, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, earth, smoke, mushroom, 'barnyard', caramel, allspice, violets, lavender, jasmine, cocoa, sausage, citrus.

  • ChChardonnay
    Color: whiteOrigin: BurgundyYear: 2009Price: $20.00OrderTasting Notes PDF

    Flavors & Aromatics: Lemon, lime, grapefruit, nectarine, pear, apple, pineapple, guava, melon, banana, smoke, steel, cream, vanilla, butter, butterscotch, toast, chalk, yeast, mint, coconut, mineral.

  • CbChenin Blanc
    Color: whiteOrigin: Loire

    Flavors & Aromatics: Red apple, peach, pineapple, guava, chalk, lemon, vanilla, cream, apple blossom, chamomile, melon.

  • SbSauvignon Blanc
    Color: whiteOrigin: LoireYear: 2010Price: $15.00OrderTasting Notes PDF

    Flavors & Aromatics: Grapefruit, lemon, lime, melon, apple, grass, hay, straw, alfalfa, bell pepper, asparagus, green olive, artichoke, stemmy, honey, smoke, apricot, mint, menthol, wet wool, catty, mineral, flint, gooseberry.

  • GwGewurztraminer
    Color: whiteOrigin: Alsace

    Flavors & Aromatics: Apple, pear, cloves, cinnamon, honeysuckle, geranium, pepper, orange, earth, anise, smoke, sauerkraut, pine, nutmeg, mace.

  • SgSangiovese
    Color: redOrigin: Italy

    Flavors & Aromatics: Cherry, raspberry, red plum, blackberry, cinnamon, dried flowers, vanilla, pepper, truffle, smoke, chamomile, rose petal, tar, coffee, and anise.

  • PrPrimitivo
    Color: redOrigin: Italy

    Flavors & Aromatics: Cooked berries and jam.

  • DoDolcetto
    Color: redOrigin: Italy

    Flavors & Aromatics: Violets, black fruits, licorice and coffee.

  • BbBarbera
    Color: redOrigin: Italy

    Flavors & Aromatics: See Pinot Noir, less elegance and predominant red fruit.

  • NbNebbiolo
    Color: redOrigin: Italy

    Flavors & Aromatics: Cherry, tea, tobacco, mushroom, raspberry, smoke, black fruits.

  • McMuscat Canelli
    Color: whiteOrigin: Italy

    Flavors & Aromatics: From our experience there are two distinct styles – a style that has a tropical lychee nut flavor and one that has a distinctly orange, caramel flavor.

  • PgPinot Gris
    Color: whiteOrigin: ItalyYear: 2010Price: $15.00OrderTasting Notes PDF

    Flavors & Aromatics: lemon, apple, pear, lime, stone, mineral, oil, almond.

  • TeTempranillo
    Color: redOrigin: ItalyYear: 2009Price: $20.00Sold out!Tasting Notes PDF

    Flavors & Aromatics: Red berry, spice, leather, tea, tobacco.

  • ReRiesling
    Color: whiteOrigin: GermanyYear: 2009Price: $20.00OrderTasting Notes PDF

    Flavors & Aromatics: Apricot, peach, nectarine, green apple, honeysuckle, geranium, rose, licorice, petrol, asphalt, smoke, cream, earth, flint, slate.

  • MtMuller Thurgau
    Color: whiteOrigin: Germany

    Flavors & Aromatics: It’s the quintessential summer wine. Hints of fruit and somewhat low-ish acidity. In other words, if you’re stuck on a desert island and this is the only bottle of wine, consider saltwater.

  • BlBlaufrankisch
    Color: redOrigin: Austria

    Flavors & Aromatics: Similar of Gamay (Beaujolais) sweet red fruits, strawberry, raspberry, black currant, licorice, hint of game.


  • Bordeaux
  • Bordeaux
  • RhĂ´ne
  • Burgundy
  • Loire
  • Alsace
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Austria


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