Grapes from Artz Vineyard in Red Mountain

2015 was HOT! The hottest vintage on record for Washington State. The heat started early with the earliest bud break on record and never let up. What this ended up doing is moving all milestones up by about a month. Our Sauvignon Blanc for 2015 came in on August 6th, one month earlier than normal and every other grape varietal followed at about 1 month early. The results are fantastic.


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Auclair Winery Right Blend

2015 Right Blend

We continued our love affair with Artz Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Their combination continues to be exceptional. The wine is dark and shows dark lush fruit – a contribution from the Merlot – and spicy structure to frame that fruit provided by the Cabernet Franc. The nose starts a little shy, but with air it shows dark cherry compote, plum, some wood spice, hints of pepper and it will evolve as you sit and enjoy it.
The palate starts dark with black cherry, plum, blackberry and blueberry. It evolves on your palate and shows lovely complexity and length. The finish will go on for some time and bring you back for more.

67% Merlot
33% Cabernet Franc


100% Red Mountain
100% Artz Vineyard
14.5% alcohol
Bottled May 27, 2017


Auclair Winery Left Blend

2015 Left Blend

We continued our focus on Artz Vineyard as the heart of this wine.

The Left Blend opens with tremendous aromatic complexity that will immediately capture your attention. This is a wine of elegance rather that boldness despite the heat. There is laser like focus on the fruit, framed by some lovely oak flavors that put the focus on the great fruit.

The nose quickly shows some lovely fruit notes of dark cassis, red and blue fruit notes, hints of wood spice, and pepper.
The palate starts off strong with nice dark, full fruit notes, fine grained tannins, cassis, and a very long complex finish that will bring you back for more. This wine is smooth as silk and the finish will go on for as long as you wish to contemplate it. It will draw you back for more almost immediately though. With air the wine will darken and gain complexity.

This wine shows its Red Mountain pedigree very clearly. It is capable of a decade or more of aging and will drink beautifully for quite a while.

100% Red Mountain

75% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Merlot
19% Cabernet Franc


Auclair Winery Cabernet Franc

2013 Cabernet Franc

This wine is an ode to the rebels on the Right bank in Bordeaux who make Cabernet Franc dominant blends. They reject the normal Merlot dominance, yet make lovely wines. We had some stunningly good Cabernet Franc come out of Artz vineyard in 2013 and it demanded a wine of its own. How could I refuse?

After a short decant of an hour or 2:
The nose on this wine starts with dark chocolate notes, raspberry and cherry, and a lovely fullness.
The palate is soft, rich and full. Dark, rich cherry, a hint of pepper, mocha, dark chocolate and a hint of espresso fill out this wine. The finish is long and smooth.
This is a wine to pair with rich stews and warm rich meals.

78% Cabernet Franc
22% Merlot

100% Red Mountain
100% Artz Vineyard
14.6% alcohol
Bottled June 6, 2015


Auclair Winery Sauvignon Blanc

2016 Sauvignon Blanc

This would have been the earliest harvest in WA state history if not for the 2015 vintage. Harvested on August 13th instead of the historic August 6th of 2015. Still very early in historic terms. 2 weeks later I brought in some beautiful Semillon to complement it. We gave this wine added bottle aging to allow it to show it’s best and the wait was well worth it. The wine is crisp with lovely citrus notes, the Semillon gives it body and roundness while the Sauvignon Blanc provides the backbone and crisp finish. This wine pairs well with food and has become a favorite in our house.

75% Sauvignon Blanc
25% Semillon
100% Red Mountain
100% Artz Vineyard
13.2% alcohol
Bottled February 25, 2017

Auclair Winery 96 Cedars White

2016 96 Cedars White

This is a Bordeaux blend of 66% Semillon and 34% Sauvignon Blanc that was 100% barrel fermented in used French oak barrels. The nose is filled with lemon and honey notes. The palate is rich and has a beautiful rich mouth feel that rolls across the tongue with flavor and interest. The finish is long and lovely with a nice clean crispness that really frames the beautiful fruit in this wine.I’ve made this wine for years for my wife and this year she tells me it’s her favorite yet. I hope you enjoy it!

66% Semillon
% Sauvignon Blanc
100% Red Mountain
100% Artz Vineyard
13.5% alcohol
Bottled February 25, 2017

Auclair Winery 96 Cedars Red

2015 96 Cedars Red

2015 was the hottest year on record for wine grape growers in WA. The year was very warm and never really cooled down until long after my grapes were all in. I managed to harvest at optimal ripeness though. This wine is a classic Bordeax blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

The nose starts out with rich dark fruit, a floral element and some nice interesting spice notes. Allowing this wine to open up (and it does need time!) will bring depth and structure to complement the rich, dark fruit. The palate is rich, and full with dark plum, minerality, blackberry liquor, vanilla, and spice all show up for your enjoyment. The finish is dark, smooth and very, very long.This wine is structured and can be laid down for some time or you can enjoy it young in its youthful fruit forward stage.


28% Merlot
33% Cabernet Sauvignon
34% Cabernet Franc
5% Petit Verdot
100% Red Mountain
14.5% alcohol
Bottled May, 2017

2013 Cab Sauv Label

2013 Auclair Cabernet Sauvignon

Heart of the Hill vineyard is starting to become well known and for good reason. Scott Williams of Kiona fame, farms this vineyard. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from this site benefit from the heat found at this elevation and the fact that the vineyard is literally in the “Heart of the Hill”.

The wine is floral and elegant on the nose with dark brambly fruit and hints of pepper. The palate starts rich, and soft and then the graphite and fruit backbone starts to show on the mid palate. The finish at this young age shows the fine Red Mountain tannins that are renown in that area. This wine will age nicely in your cellar or can be enjoyed in its youth with a proper decant.


97% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Petit Verdot
100% Red Mountain
100% Heart of the Hill Vineyard
14.5% alcohol
Bottled June, 2015


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