Wines

We welcome the 2018 vintage releases. The weather was picture perfect and the results are incredible. This vintage shows a very distinct profile highlighted by a density of flavor that I find quite thrilling. All the 2018’s will age beautifully and all of them benefit from a long decant – including the 96 Cedars which may be the bargain of the vintage!

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Auclair Winery Right Blend

2018 Right Blend

We continued our love affair with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Their combination continues to be exceptional. The wine is dark and lush with the ripe fruit playing a leading role – a contribution from the Merlot – and spicy structure to frame that fruit provided by the Cabernet Franc. The nose starts warm and lush, and 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.
$40

75% Merlot
25% Cabernet Franc

100% Red Mountain

14.5% alcohol
Bottled May 2020


Auclair Winery Left Blend    2018 Left Blend

The Left Blend absolutely requires some air before drinking. Once open this wine has tremendous aromatic complexity that will immediately capture your attention. This is a wine of elegance, structure and longevity. There is laser like focus on the dark fruit, framed by some lovely oak flavors.

With air the wine will darken and gain complexity. The nose shows heavy floral elements followed by dark fruit notes of black and blue, hints of wood spice, and pepper. Layers of interest can be found if you just sit and sniff this wine.
The palate starts off smooth as silk with dark, full fruit notes, fine grained tannins, cassis, and a very long complex finish that will bring you back for more. The finish will go on for as long as you wish to contemplate it. It will draw you back for more almost immediately though.

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.
$50

100% Red Mountain

67% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Merlot
8% Cabernet Franc
17% Petit Verdot


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2018 Ciel de Cheval

2018 was a picture perfect vintage at this great vineyard. The results speak for themselves. Rich dark fruit – dark cherry, cassis, spice notes, lots of Red Mountain tannins. It is layered with flavors that unwind gracefully on your palate and linger for ages. This wine immediately brings you back for another sip long before it has faded as you enjoy its long lingering flavors of dark choke cherry with a touch of vanilla and spice..
$54

50% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Cabernet Franc
25% Merlot

100% Red Mountain
100% Ciel de Cheval Vineyard
14.5% alcohol
Bottled June, 2020


Auclair Winery Sauvignon Blanc

2020 Sauvignon Blanc

The return of our Flagship white! 2020 was a picture perfect year for white wine on Red Mountain. The wine is crisp with lovely citrus notes, the Sauvignon Blanc was beautiful this year and stands on its own for the first time since our inaugural release in 2008. It was left on the lees for 7 months to develop some lovely complex layers of flavor and has a nice acid backbone and crisp finish. This wine pairs well with food and has become a favorite in our house.
$20

100% Sauvignon Blanc
100% Red Mountain
100% Artz Vineyard
12.5% alcohol
Bottled May, 2021



Auclair Winery 96 Cedars Red

2018 96 Cedars Red

This wine is a classic Bordeaux 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, rich cherry, 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.
$25

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35% Merlot
34% Cabernet Sauvignon
24% Cabernet Franc
7% Petit Verdot
100% Red Mountain
14.5% alcohol
Bottled May, 2020


2016 HH Cab   2018 Auclair Heart of the Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Heart of the Hill vineyard is starting to become well known and for good reason. Scott Williams of Kiona, farms this vineyard.  We always give this wine added bottle rest to settle down in the bottle but after 2 years in bottle it still requires a nice decant or a long sleep in your cellar to show its best. This vineyard is a special place on Red Mountain. The fruit has become renown by winemakers and drinkers alike.

The nose shows dark fruit, restrained oak notes and is just a joy to sit and sniff and will keep bringing you back as the scents evolve.

The palate is silky smooth, dark, tannic but without harsh edges, very rich and densely flavored (typical of 2018 vintage) and quite long on the finish. The acidity is just right and assists in providing structure and flavor that will improve with age. The finish is long and silky.

This wine drinks so well now it will be hard to keep your hands off it but I promise it will improve with age.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Red Mountain
100% Heart of the Hill Vineyard
14.5% alcohol
Bottled June, 2020


Syrah

 

2018 Auclair Artz Vineyard Syrah

Artz vineyard is a long time staple that we have worked with since the very beginning and since the very beginning I’ve had my eye on this small patch of Syrah that they planted on the edge of the vineyard overlooking the Yakima river. Finally in 2018 Jorja and I made a deal and I think the results are fabulous. This is our first non-Bordeaux varietal and I think the results are fantastic.

The Syrah was co-fermented with 4% viognier to add aromatic lift and that certainly succeeded as the nose on this wine is nicely lifted and quite nice. The Merlot was added as topping wine but adds some plump roundness to the palate that is nicely complex.

The nose shows nice lift and depth. Dark floral notes, white pepper spice, brambly raspberry and dark cherry all combine to show some complexity and depth and bring you back to sniff again.

The palate starts off smooth, with rich dark fruit and lite pepper spice –dark, rich, raspberry, some umami flavors to add complexity, all make this an interesting and complex wine . This wine immediately brings you back for another sip long before it has faded into its long lingering finish.

This wine is capable of a decade or more of aging and will drink beautifully for quite a while.

$35

88% Syrah
10% Merlot
2% Viognier
100% Red Mountain
14.5% alcohol
Bottled June, 2020

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