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Moving Forward at Walla Walla Vintners

WALLA WALLA VINTNERS ANNOUNCES MYLES ANDERSON
RETIREMENT AND NEW CO-OWNER FAMILY

Gordy Venneri and Myles Anderson

Gordy Venneri and Myles Anderson

Scott and Nici Haladay

February 21, 2017, Walla Walla, WA – Walla Walla Vintners, founded by Myles Anderson and Gordy Venneri in 1995, is paying tribute to one of its founders and welcoming a new co-owner today.  Anderson began making wine as a hobbyist with Venneri over 35 years ago.  During his tenure, he made a strong impact on the Walla Walla winemaking community, founding its Community College Enology and Viticulture program and serving on the board that developed the Wine Alliance.  Anderson was inducted into the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame in 2011 and awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers in 2014.  Walla Walla Vintners will host a retirement celebration in his honor the last weekend of February.

Venneri comments, “I am very grateful for all that Myles and I accomplished together. We founded Walla Walla’s eighth winery and helped make history in one of America’s most exciting and dynamic wine regions.  I am also happy that Walla Walla Vintners will continue to be run as a partnership with the complimentary and demonstrated business expertise brought by the Haladay family.”  Venneri will continue to direct winemaking working alongside new co-owner, Scott Haladay, whose family of investors closed yesterday on an ownership stake in Walla Walla Vintners, which will remain privately held.  Exvere, Inc. served as the exclusive financial advisor to the Haladay family, successfully facilitating the strategic acquisition.

Haladay, who has 20 years of experience in the technology sector including 10 developing and implementing software for beverage distributors, will oversee strategy, branding, marketing and sales.  Haladay notes, “My family and I had been searching for a winery for a while when we were introduced to Gordy and Myles last summer, and immediately knew we had found something very special here.  The opportunity to work with and learn from Gordy is especially exciting for me given his wealth of knowledge.  Together we will focus our efforts on maintaining many important traditions like our pioneering history, elegant winemaking and humble approach, while enhancing our customer experience.”   Haladay’s initial plans include refreshing the winery’s packaging, updating the iconic red barn tasting room with new interior comforts and adding outdoor entertaining space.

The retirement celebration honoring Anderson will be held at Walla Walla Vintners, hosting trade and media on Friday, February 24 and open to the public during tasting room hours from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, February 25.  Anderson and Venneri will share select library wines with stories of building the winery through the years, and three generations of Haladay family will be there to welcome guests.

Anderson will remain an ambassador for the winery.  He adds, “After over 35 years of making, serving and promoting wine, it’s time for me to focus on sharing it with friends, family and our customers.   I’m thankful for what Walla Walla Vintners is today and I am looking forward to enjoying its next chapter.”

Walla Walla Vintners at SF Chronicle Wine Competition

Best of Class: 2014 Dwelley Vineyard Dolcetto

Double Gold: 2013 Frazier Bluff Vineyard Petit Verdot

Gold Medal: 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold Medal: 2014 Merlot

After receiving 7,000 entries from 28 states across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, hailed as the largest competition of American wines in the world, has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few. Walla Walla Vintners won the prestigious Best of Class award for their 2014 Dwelley Vineyard Dolcetto.

63 judges from a variety of fields including trade, education, media, retail and hospitality, traveled to the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County to apply their expertise to determine the best wines in the USA.

Utilizing an extensive process that divided the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold or “Double Gold” (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members).

Dolcetto means “little sweet one” in Italian and is grown primarily in the Piedmont region of Italy. Our Dolcetto is sourced from the Dwelley vineyard just a few miles from Walla Walla Vintners. This fruity quaffer has a great following.

The 2014 Dolcetto is dark and juicy with soft tannins. It is so thick with delicious fruit the acid is hardly perceptible. The lavender nose is followed by a ripe dark cherry-rhubarb beginning, then a roasted almond mid-palate leading to a strawberry, red- raspberry finish.

Above, Best of Class 2014 Dwelley Vineyard Dolcetto

Three Platinum Awards for Walla Walla Vintners!

In Wine Press Northwest’s latest issue (which went to subscribers in time for Christmas), the longtime regional wine magazine released the results of its 17th annual Platinum Judging.

The Platinum Judging is a year-end wine competition that includes only wines that earned gold medals at any of about 40 wine competitions conducted around the world. Only wines from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho are eligible.

The wines are then tasted blind (the judges don’t know whose wines they are or what they cost) by panels of international wine experts over the course of three days, and the best are considered Platinum winners.

Wine Press Northwest Platinum Award

PLATINUM MEDAL
Walla Walla Vintners
2014 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley •  $25

REVIEW: “For several years now, Walla Walla Vintners has been producing top-shelf Sangiovese, perhaps inspired by the influence of the many Italian immigrants who settled in the Walla Walla Valley. The 2014 carries an almost Pinot Noir-like color and beautifully clean fruit akin to cherry, plum and sweet blueberry. It’s complex yet quaffable, as smoky and silky as a brunette from a 1940s noir film. Good acidity in its dark Bing cherry finish calls out for another sip. (981 cases, 14.2% alc.) Awards: Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition (gold), Denver Wine Competition (gold).”


PLATINUM MEDAL
Walla Walla Vintners
2013 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Malbec, Walla Walla Valley •  $32

REVIEW: “Pair Walla Walla Vintners with Pepper Bridge Vineyard and the result is this memorable Malbec. It’s a finely balanced wine with bright dark berry flavors and aromas, some savory spice and a hint of tarragon. (125 cases, 14.2% alc.) Award: Cascadia Wine Competition (gold).”


PLATINUM MEDAL
Walla Walla Vintners
2011 Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley •  $44

REVIEW: “William von Metzger and his bosses — Myles Anderson and Gordy Venneri — have long counted on Sagemoor Vineyard north of Pasco, Wash., and this bottling from a cooler vintage shows why. It’s a combination of four distinctive blocks, and after aging 22 months in 55% new French oak barrels, it’s a complex wine with flavors and aromas of cedar, Red Vines licorice, Texas pink grapefruit, white pepper and sweet herbs. Vanilla and sandy tannins frame its lovely fruit. Buy more than one and come back to it in few years. (196 cases, 14.4% alc.) Award: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold).”

Year of the Rooster – A Quick Mention

Walla Walla Vintners in Kitsap Sun:

Year of the Rooster Inspires Some Chianti Drinking

 “Leonetti, Walla Walla Vintners, Five Star, Tagaris, and Kiona have also been producing for some time, with at least 75 percent being Sangiovese and …”

Walla Walla Vintners 2014 Washington Cuvee in Wines NW

Walla Walla Vintners’ 2014 Washington Cuvee in

WinesNW.com‘s Wines of the Week.

Chuck Hill said:  “The creative winemaking team at Walla Walla Vintners forged this flavorful blend from almost equal parts of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with small amounts of Carmenere, Malbec and Petit Verdot.  A blend of oaks (40% new) added to the wine’s complexity, resulting in aromas and flavors of black cherry, fresh herbs, dried plum, vanilla and spice.”

Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Wins 2016 Jefferson Cup!

cabsauvwwv_fWalla Walla Vintners’ 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has earned a Jefferson Cup, the highest award of the Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition! Our wines were judged against over 600 competitors from 27 states encompassing all of America’s wine regions.

Additionally, our 2014 Sangiovese has won a Double Gold, the 2014 Merlot has earned a Gold, the 2014 Dolcetto a Silver, and the 2013 Estate Syrah and 2014 Cabernet Franc have each earned a Bronze.

About the Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition

The two-day competition culminated with the awarding of twenty-four Jefferson Cup Trophies. Jefferson Cups were awarded to wines made from both vinifera vines (the European species responsible for more famous wines such as Chardonnay and Cabernet) and non-vinifera vines, which flourish in the more extreme climates in the U.S.

These twenty-four prestigious Jefferson Cups, the Sweepstakes Awards for the competition, were awarded to two sparkling wines, ten white wines, nine red wines, one fruit wine and two dessert wines. “While many competitions insist upon selecting a pre-ordained number of sweepstakes winners, our judges are allowed to find the top wines, whether there are only one, two or three, or even NO winners in some categories, as has happened in previous years,” says Jefferson Cup Invitational founder Doug Frost. “

 Doug continues: “Many people have begun to call the Jefferson Cup Invitational, the “Olympics” of wine competitions. This competition is not open to every winery willing to submit an entrance fee. Rather we select the best of the best, culled from tastings and competitions in America throughout 2016. The Jefferson Cup Invitational was founded in 1999 in honor of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson fathered our constitution, helped champion the international concept of human rights and was a seminal figure in America’s cultural, culinary (including wine) and agricultural history.”

Eight New Medals! Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

PrintWe were awarded eight new medals at the recent Great Northwest Wine Invitational Wine Competition held at the Columbia Gorge Hotel on October 5-6, 2016.

Gold Medal Winner:  2013 Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley (more…)

2013 Columbia Valley Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold Medal – Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, October 2016

2014 Washington State Cuvée

Silver Medal – Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, October 2016

2013 Columbia Valley Bello Rosso

Silver Medal – Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, October 2016

2014 Walla Walla Valley Merlot

Silver Medal – Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, October 2016

2013 Walla Walla Valley Syrah

Bronze Medal – Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, October 2016

2014 Walla Walla Valley Dwelley Vineyard Dolcetto

Silver Medal – Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, October 2016

Best of Class/Double Gold Medal – Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, June 2016

Walla Walla Vintners Winery

2016 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year – Wine Press Northwest, March 2016

2014 Columbia Valley Sangiovese

Bronze Medal – Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, October 2016

Gold Medal – Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, June 2016

2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc

Silver Medal – Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, October 2016

Gold Medal – Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, June 2016

2013 Columbia Valley Malbec

Silver Medal – Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, June 2016

2013 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

91 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2016

Gold Medal – San Francisco International Wine Competition, June 2016

89 Points – Wine Enthusiast, September 2016

Silver Medal – Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, June 2016

2013 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc

Best of Class/Gold Medal – Sunset International Wine Competition, June 2016

90 Points/Editors’ Choice – Wine Enthusiast, September 2016

90 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2016

Double Gold Medal – San Francisco International Wine Competition, June 2016

Double Gold Medal – Seattle Wine Awards, April 2016

Double Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2016

Jefferson Cup Nominee (Double Gold) – The Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition

Gold Medal – Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, April 2016

Silver Medal – Cascadia Wine Competition, March 2016

Silver Medal – Great Northwest Wine Invitational, October 2015

Silver Medal – Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, June 2015

18.5+/20 – Rand Sealey Review of Washington Wines, June 2015

2012 Columbia Valley Sagemoor Vineyard Malbec

88 Points – Wine Enthusiast, March 2015

2012 Walla Walla Valley Merlot

Best of Class/Double Gold – Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, June 2015

Double Gold Medal – Wine Press Northwest Platinum Awards, December 2015

90 Points – Wine Advocate, July 2015

Gold Medal – Sunset International Wine Competition, April 2015

Gold Medal – Great Northwest Wine Invitational, October 2014

88 Points – Wine Enthusiast, March 2015

Silver Medal – SavorNW Wine Awards, February 2015

2013 Walla Walla Valley Merlot

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast, September 2016

Double Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2016

Double Gold Medal – Great Northwest Wine Invitational, October 2015

“Outstanding” – Great Northwest Wine, May 2016

Gold Medal – Seattle Wine Awards, April 2016

Gold Medal – Cascadia Wine Competition, March 2016

Jefferson Cup Nominee (Double Gold) – The Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition, November 2015

Gold Medal – Wine Press Northwest Platinum Awards, December 2015

89 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2016

Silver Medal – Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, April 2016

Silver Medal – Sunset International Wine Competition, June 2016

Silver Medal – San Francisco International Wine Competition, June 2016

Silver Medal – Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, June 2016

 

2011 Columbia Valley Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast, March 2015

Double Gold Medal – Seattle Wine Awards, April 2015

Double Gold Medal – Wine Press Northwest Platinum Awards, December 2015

2012 Washington State Cuvée

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast, March 2015

Silver Medal – SavorNW Wine Awards, February 2015

2013 Washington State Cuvée

Platinum Award – Wine Press NW, December 2015

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast, September 2016

Gold Medal – Great Northwest Wine Invitational, October 2015

2012 Walla Walla Valley Dolcetto

92 Points/Editors’ Choice – Wine Enthusiast, March 2015

Double Gold Medal – Wine Press Northwest Platinum Awards, December 2015

Gold Medal – Seattle Wine Awards, April 2015

2012 Columbia Valley Sangiovese

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast, March 2015

Gold Medal/Best of Class – Great Northwest Wine Competition, March 2015

Double Gold Medal – Wine Press Northwest Platinum Awards, December 2015

Gold Medal – Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, April 2015

Excellent – Great Northwest Wine, August 2014

Silver Medal – Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, June 2014

Silver Medal – SavorNW Wine Awards, February 2015

Silver Medal – Seattle Wine Awards, April 2015

2012 Walla Walla Valley Estate Syrah

Best of Class/Double Gold Medal – SavorNW Wine Awards, February 2015

Best of Class/Gold Medal – Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, April 2015

#9 – Seattle Met’s Top 100 Washington Wines of 2015 | Top Syrah

93 Points/Editors’ Choice – Wine Enthusiast, March 2015

Platinum Award – Wine Press NW, December 2015

Double Gold Medal – Seattle Wine Awards, April 2015

19+/20 – Rand Sealey Review of Washington Wines, March 2015

Silver Medal – Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, June 2015

Bronze Medal – Sunset International Wine Competition, April 2015

Bronze Medal – Great Northwest Wine Competition, March 2015

2011 Walla Walla Valley Dolcetto

90 Points – Editors’ Choice – Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

#97 – Great Northwest Wine’s Top 100 Wines of 2013

Platinum Award – Wine Press Northwest, December 2013

2010 Washington State Cuvée

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

2011 Columbia Valley Sangiovese

91 Points – Editors’ Choice – Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

Double Gold Medal – Wine Press NW, December 2014

Gold Medal – Best of Class – Savor NW Wine Awards, March 2014

Gold Medal – Seattle Wine Awards, June 2014

2011 Columbia Valley Bello Rosso

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast, March 2015

18.5/20 Points – Rand Sealey’s Review of Washington, March 2014

Top Wine Pick – Tasting Room Magazine, April 2014

2010 Columbia Valley Bello Rosso

92 Points – Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

2012 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc

Best of Show/Double Gold Medal – Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, June 2014

Best of Class/Jefferson Cup Winner – Jefferson Cup Invitational Competion, November 2014

#11 on Seattle Times Top 50 Wines of 2014

#36 on Great Northwest Wine’s Top 100 Wines of 2014

Outstanding – Great Northwest Wine, June 2014

91 Points – Wine Advocate, July 2015

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast, March 2015

Platinum Award – Wine Press NW Platinum, December 2015

Double Gold Medal – Seattle Wine Awards, April 2015

Gold Medal – Wine Press NW, December 2014

Gold Medal – SavorNW Wine Awards, February 2015

Gold Medal – Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, April 2015

Bronze Medal – Sunset International Wine Competition, April 2015

Bronze Medal – Great Northwest Wine Competition, March 2015

2011 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc

92 Points – Editors’ Choice – Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

Double Gold – Seattle Wine Awards, June 2014

Gold Medal – Best of Class – Savor NW Wine Awards, March 2014

2010 Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

92 Points – Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

2011 Columbia Valley Sagemoor Vineyard Cuvée

Double Gold Medal – Wine Press NW, December 2014

Gold Medal – Seattle Wine Awards, June 2014

2010 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

Medal of American Excellence – 2013 Jefferson Cup Invitational

2010 Columbia Valley Sagemoor Vineyard Malbec

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast – Editors’ Choice, September 2013

92 Points – Wine Spectator, September 2013

2009 Vineyard Select Cabernet Sauvignon

94 Points – Wine Enthusiast, April 2013 – Editors’ Choice

2009 Washington State Cuvée

91 Points – Wine Spectator, March 2013

Outstanding – Wine Press Northwest, March 2013

Medal of American Excellence – 2013 Jefferson Cup Invitational

2010 Walla Walla Valley Syrah

92 Points – Wine & Spirits, October 2013

Double Gold Medal-Seattle Wine Awards, May 2013

Gold Medal-Savor NW Wine Awards, March 2013

2010 Walla Walla Valley Merlot

92 Points – Wine Spectator, September 2013

Gold Medal-Seattle Wine Awards, May 2013

Double Gold Medal-Savor NW Wine Awards, March 2013

Medal of American Excellence – 2013 Jefferson Cup Invitational

2010 Walla Walla Valley Estate Syrah

Gold Medal/Best of 2010 – Sexy Syrah Wine Event at Salty’s on Alki, April 2014

2011 Walla Walla Valley Estate Syrah

Best of Class/Jefferson Cup Winner – Jefferson Cup Invitational Competion, November 2014

Platinum Award – Wine Press NW, December 2014

Double Gold/Best of Class – Great Northwest Wine Competition, April 2014

Gold Medal – Seattle Wine Awards, June 2014

2008 Columbia Valley Bello Rosso

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast, April 2012

2010 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc

Platinum Award – Wine Press Northwest, December 2013

Double Gold Medal, Best of Varietal/Class – Savor NW Wine Awards, March 2013

Medal of Merit – 2012 Jefferson Cup

Gold Medal – Seattle Wine Awards, May 2012

2009 Walla Walla Valley Pepper Bridge Vineyard Malbec

Gold Medal – Seattle Wine Awards, May 2012

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast, April 2012

90 Points – Wine & Spirits, April 2012

2009 Walla Walla Valley Merlot

Gold Medal – Seattle Wine Awards, May 2012

90 Points – Wine Spectator, April 2012

Double Platinum – Wine Press Northwest, Platinum Judging, December 2012

2009 Columbia Valley Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

94 Points – Wine Enthusiast, April 2013 – Editors’ Choice

92 Points – Wine Spectator, January 2013

Outstanding – Wine Press Northwest, March 2013

Gold Medal – Seattle Wine Awards, May 2012

#73 Seattle Met Magazine – Best of Washington Wines List / 91 POINTS
Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Sagemoor Vineyard Columbia Valley 2009
Year after year, Walla Walla Vintners produces one of the finest expressions of Columbia Valley elder statesman Sagemoor Vineyards. Fruit for this wine dates back to the vineyard’s original 1972 plantings.

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2009 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast, April 2013 – Editors’ Choice

91 Points – Wine Spectator, January 2013

Outstanding – Wine Press Northwest, March 2013

Jefferson Cup Nominee – 2012 Jefferson Cup

Gold Medal – Seattle Wine Awards, May 2012

2007 Bello Rosso

91 Points – Wine Advocate, September 2011

2008 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast, April 2012

91 Points – Wine Spectator, May 2012

90 Points – Wine Advocate, September 2011

2011 Jefferson Cup Winner

2008 Sagemoor Cabernet Sauvignon

90 Points – Wine Advocate, September 2011

2008 Washington State Cuvée

89 points – Wine Spectator, July 2011

2007 Columbia Valley Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Double Gold  – Seattle Wine Awards, May 2011

93 Points – Wine & Spirits, August 2011

2009 Columbia Valley Sangiovese

Double Gold – Seattle Wine Awards, May 2011

2009 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc

Best Red Wines of 2012 Winner – Seattle Magazine, August 2012

Gold – Seattle Wine Awards, May 2011

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast, April 2012

2007 Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, Malbec

91 Points – Wine Advocate, 8-31-10 edition

2007 Walla Walla Valley, Vineyard Select, Cabernet Sauvignon

92 Points – Wine Advocate, 8-31-10 edition

93 Points – Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 2010

2007 Walla Walla Valley, Frazier Bluff Vineyard, Petit Verdot

91 Points – Wine Advocate, 8-31-10 edition

2007 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Double Gold – Seattle Wine Awards, May 2010

90 Points – Wine Spectator

91 Points – Wine Advocate, 8-31-10 edition

2007 Washington State Cuvée

Double Gold – Seattle Wine Awards, May 2010

90 Points – Wine Spectator

2008 Columbia Valley Sangiovese

Double Gold – Seattle Wine Awards, May 2010

2008 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc

Outstanding – Seattle Wine Awards, May 2010

2008 Walla Walla Valley Merlot

Silver – Seattle Wine Awards, May 2010

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 2010

90 Points – Wine Spectator, July 2011

2006 Walla Walla Valley “Vineyard Select” Cabernet Sauvignon

Diamond of the Decade – Seattle Wine Awards, April 2016

92 Points Editor’s Choice – Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2009

 

2007 Columbia Valley Sangiovese

Double Gold Award – Seattle Wine Awards, June 2009

“Platinum” award at the 10th Annual Platinum Judging sponsored by WinePress Northwest – Wine Press Northwest, Winter 2010

88 Points – Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 2010

2007 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc

Double Gold Award – Seattle Wine Awards, June 2009

“Best” Cabernet Franc over $20.00 for “The Best WA Wines for 2010” – Seattle Magazine, April 2010

2006 Washington State Cuvée

Top 100 Best Northwest Wines – Seattle Metropolitan magazine, September 2009 

Double Gold Award – Seattle Wine Awards, June 2009

2007 Walla Walla Valley Merlot

Gold Award – Seattle Wine Awards, June 2009

90 Points – Wine Spectator

2006 “Sagemoor Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvingnon

Outstanding Washington Wine” Award – Seattle Wine Awards, June 2009

2006 Columbia Valley Bella Rosso

Bronze Award – Seattle Wine Awards, June 2009

2006 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc

92 Points Editor’s Choice – Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2008

2006 Walla Walla Valley Merlot

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2008

2005 Walla Walla Valley “Vineyard Select” Cabernet Sauvignon

93 Points – Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2008

2006 Columbia Valley Sangiovese

88 Points – Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2008

2005 Sagemoor Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintner’s Honor, “Outstanding Washington Wine Awards” – Seattle Wine Awards, June 2008

93 Points – Wine Enthusiast, May 2008

2005 Columbia Valley Bello Rosso

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast, May 2008

2005 Columbia Valley Malbec

Vintner’s Honor, “Outstanding Washington Wine Awards” – Seattle Wine Awards, June 2008

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast, May 2008

Voted first choice in a Washington vs. Argentina Malbec tasting. – Click Here to Read the Article – Pacific Northwest wine, beer and food ramblings – Blog, Sept 2008

2005 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast, May 2008

2005 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast, May 2008

2005 Columbia Valley Sangiovese

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast, May 2008

2005 Washington State Cuvée

Gold — Grand Award of Excellence (First Place Overall) 15 wine professionals all agreed that this was the Grand Champion out of 613 wines tasted blind – Seattle Wine Awards, June 2008

89 Points – Wine Enthusiast, May 2008

2005 Walla Walla Valley “Morrison Lane Vineyard” Syrah

89 Points – Wine Enthusiast, May 2008

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

TWO AND HALF STARS: Owner-winemakers Myles Anderson and Gordon Venneri have come a long way since the days when they made wine in their backyard using stainless steel Coca-Cola syrup containers. This subtle, well-balanced wine has flavors of dark fruit with oak and some fresh green herb. It includes 10 percent Merlot, 7 percent Cabernet Franc and 3 percent Malbec. – San Francisco Chronicle, July 2007

2004 Sagemoor Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

THREE STARS: The subtle nose of violets and cherries amid sweet oak and cigar box leads to a fuller palate of dense, brambly berry fruit with toasty notes and buoyant acidity that lifts all the flavors. – San Francisco Chronicle, July 2007

Outstanding, 92 points; Big blackberry flavors with some gripping tannins but overall balanced with lovely sweet fruit. Washington CEO, March 2007

2004 Merlot Columbia Valley

Excellent, 89 points – Washington CEO, March 2007

2003 Cuvée Sagemoor Vineyard Columbia Valley

89 points. ” A Bordeaux blend, smooth and ultrchocolaty in the house style. The cherry fruit is coated with flavors of hazelnut, cocoa, espresso and chocolate. Good indeed, but somewhat difficult to find the flavors of the vineyard under all the creamy barrel.” Wine Enthusiast, June 2006

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon

89 points. “Scents and flavors of cranberry and raspberry are followed with layers of caramel, brown sugar, espresso and dark chocolate. Very smooth, very seductive, very creamy, it lead into a long, smooth finish.” Wine Enthusiast, June 2006

2004 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley

Outstanding, 92 points; “Best in show,” with violets and other floral notes, well balanced. Washington CEO, March 2007

Wine Editor Jon Bonne’ selects Walla Walla Vintners ’04 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc as one of the top Washington red wine picks.  – San Francisco Chronicle, 2006

90 points. “Smooth and round, aromatic with floral plum and berry flavors, blossoming nicely as the wine streams over the tongue, finishing with the mocha notes of sweet oak. Drink now through 2011.” Wine Spectator, June 15, 2006

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Vineyard Select

 92 points. “Clearly a cut above the winery’s regular Cab, this is just the second time in 10 years that the winery has made a vineyard select. Loaded with sweet/tart berries, this concentrated, pure Cabernet turns up flavors of coffee liquer and chocolate-covered expresso beans. Good structure and concentration keep it from being top-heavy with oak.” Wine Enthusiast, June 2006

Bronze Metal; $20 and Up Division – 2006 Seattle Wine Awards

2003 Cuvée Cordon Grove Vineyard

90 points; “Smooth, buffed and toned, with luscious toffee, coffee and chocolate-covered cherry flavors. Buttery, polished and just plain sexy, it also shows some interesting, slightly grassy, sweet herbs scents.” Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 2005

2003 Merlot Walla Walla Valley

88 points; “Firm and spicy, with a lovely spine of tight flavors running right through the middle of the palate. Light fruits – strawberry, rhubarb, melon and red plum – lead through a long, elegant finish” Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 2005

2002 Cabernet Franc Walla Walla Valley

89m points; “Bright berry and cassis, with smoke an licorice woven through. This is firm and chewy, with the tannins showing smoke and herbs. The roasted coffee character of the Cab Franc comes through beautifully a the end.” Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 2005

2002 Merlot Columbia Valley

90 points; “A subtler style, bright and appealing for its chocolate-scented berry and spice flavors on a silky texture, remaining lively through the creamy finish. Drink now through 2007. 785 case made.” Wine Spectator, Oct. 31, 2005

2002 Cuvée Walla Walla Valley

90 points; “A graceful red, firmly framed with fine tannins but generous at the core with black cherry and black olive flavors, lingering on the fine-grained finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2006 through 2012. 813 cases made” Wine Spectator, Oct. 31, 2005

2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

92 points; “Classy from the get-go, with an appealing mix of strawberry preserves, anise, licorice candy, smoke and cedar. The fruit and oak are beautifully matched and laced together, and the flavors unfold with a slightly salt, mineral edge. Long, persistent and consistently interesting, right through the finishing notes of dried herb and toasted nuts.” Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 2005

90 points; “Smooth, velvety and charming for its floral, blackberry, current and delicate mocha notes swirling though the long, refined finish. Tannins have just enough grip to want cellaring. Best from 2007 through 2012. 560 cases made.” Wine Spectator, Oct. 31, 2005

2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley

92 points; “Rich, mouthfilling style brims with dense cherry, blackberry, chocolate and espresso flavors, lingering enticingly on the polished, elegant finish. A stylish wine, tempting now, but should develop will with cellaring. Drink now through 2012. 693 cases made.” Wine Spectator, Sept. 30, 2005

2003 Sangiovese

Gold Metal; $20 and Under Division – 2006 Seattle Wine Awards

Many a vintner in the Walla Walla Valley can thank Myles Anderson and Gordon Venneri for helping them learn the ropes. At their own winery, these two pioneers turn out astoundingly good, consistent wine year after year. New World sangiovese can often be rounded and fruit-forward, too far from the original. But theirs is a perfectly balanced specimen, with tart, candied red fruit and a dash of tannins at the end. A subtle, floral finish rounds it out.
MS NBC Today WINE News and Views by Jon Bonné, Food and wine writer, 2005

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

90 points; “Ripe and generous, well-wrapped in mocha and caramel tones on new oak, with cherry and currant flavors persisting through it all, lingering nicely on the polished finish.” Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2004

2001 Washington State Cuvée

89 points; “refined style has pretty tobacco-scented, peppery blackberry and current flavors, lingering effectively on the fine-grained finish..” Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2004

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Vineyard Select

94 points; “Distinctive for its extraordinary balance of fruit and coffee-scented oak, hinting at marzipan as it all persists.”  Harvey Steinman’s Recommended Wines From Washington ; in Wine Spectator, Oct. 15, 2004

94 points; “Ripe, rich, seductive style brims with mocha-scented blackberry, currant and cherry flavors..” Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2004

2001 Cabernet Franc Walla Walla Valley

90 points; “Smooth, ripe and generous, with cherry, currant and exotic spice flavors, finishing with refinement and persistence.”  Wine Spectator, Sept. 30, 2003

2001 Merlot Walla Walla Valley

91 points; “Supple, ripe and generous with its gorgeous cherry and currant fruit, boldly framed with sweet, spicy oak.” Wine Spectator, Sept. 30, 2003

2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley

91 points; “layers of raspberry, red cherry and sweet spice notes, which linger on the fine-grained finish.” Wine Spectator, Apr. 30, 2003

2000 Washington State Cuvée Washington

89 points; “Smooth and spicy. Ripe plum and currant flavors are the core, shaded with spicy oak. Finishes polished and vibrant.” Wine Spectator, Apr. 30, 2003

“2000 Washington State Cuvée … a bold, complex wine with spicy currant and cherry flavors.” The Wines of Walla Walla; in Idaho Homes and Gardens, Summer 2003, 22 – 24

1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla County Windrow Vineyard

90 points; “Ripe, supple and generous with its black cherry, currant and spicy oak flavors, smoothly integrated on the long, fine textured finish.” Wine Spectator, Dec. 31, 1999 – Jan. 15, 2000

1995 Vintages – Wine Spectator

“début 1995 vintage produced tiny quantities of several wines that rate among the top Cabernets and Merlots” Team Walla Walla; in Wine Spectator, Nov. 15, 1998

1995 Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley

88 points; “Light, silky and appealing for its gentle blackberry and currant flavors, hinting at spice and tobacco on the finish.” Wine Spectator, Nov. 15, 1998

1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

91 points; “silky-smooth wine emphasizes berry, black cherry and currant flavors up front, then folds in harmonious touch of pretty oak and sweet spices.” Wine Spectator, Nov. 15, 1998