Past Releases for year 2016

Previous releases of the Northwest Wine Academy wines can be found here. These wines may no longer be available for purchase.


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2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

This approachable Cabernet Sauvignon shows classic notes of black currant, cherry and dill. Structured tannins and roasted bell pepper aromas balance the overripe fruit forward palate.

  • Alcohol : 14.7%
  • Location : Yakima Valley, WA
  • ph : 3.86
  • ta : 6.0g/L

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2016 Merlot

This youthful Merlot shows notes of mushroom and Soy, opening up to a rich nose of cocoa and black fruits. On the palate, the soft tannins balance the richness of the blackberry, plum and dried herbs.

  • Alcohol : 14.5%
  • Location : Yakima Valley, WA
  • ph : 3.42
  • ta : 6.8g/L

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2016 Syrah

This full-bodied wine exhibits rich aromas of black fruits, spices and volcanic rocks. The powerful flavors of dried black fruit are followed by anise, black pepper and hibiscus.

  • Alcohol : 14.8%
  • Location : Yakima Valley, WA
  • ph : 3.50
  • ta : 6.29 g/L

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2016 Cascade

This Rhône inspired blend could be mistaken for an easy-to-love cross between Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer. Lychees and dried apricots come to mind

Bright, shiny, and reflective in appearance, Cascade’s long-lasting aromas of banana, pineapple, lime blossom, honeysuckle, and nutmeg ‘cascade’ out of the glass!

Creamy Viognier flavors of stone fruit, white peach, and apricot blend deliciously with the classic Roussanne notes of honey, melon, and herbs. Don’t be surprised to find yourself thinking you taste a little bit of Seville marmalade!

Viognier and Roussanne come from the Rhône Valley, but until the late 1980s, Viognier was grown almost exclusively around the village of Condrieu in the Northern Rhône. Roussanne is grown mainly in Southern Rhône and Provence.

47% Roussanne, 44% Viognier, 9% Riesling

Suggested Food Pairings:

  • Meat/fish: Poached salmon, savory orange chicken, and pork chop with apricot sauce.
  • Fruit/vegetables: Currants, cranberries, yellow and orange bell pepper, passion fruit, apricots, orange, and mango.
  • Cheese: Baked brie with apricots, pecorino, and manchego.

  • Alcohol : 13% by volume
  • Location : Columbia Valley, WA

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2016 Müller-Thurgau

Müller-Thurgau is a white grape variety that was created by Hermann Müller from the Swiss Canton of Thurgau in 1882. It is a crossing of Riesling with Madeleine Royale.

With fresh and bright acidity, this brilliant, white-gold libation starts with a refreshing air of honeysuckle and finishes with a lively punch of green apple and a kiss of lime on your palate.

Suggested Food Pairings: Shrimp, sharp cheeses, Waldorf salad, and grilled vegetables.

  • Alcohol : 9.9% by volume
  • Location : Puget Sound

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2016 Duet Red

Marquette is a complex hybrid, patented by the University of Minnesota in 2006. Currently planted from Vermont to Washington, we are just now starting to see fruit from mature vines. Named after Père Marquette, a Jesuit missionary and 17th century explorer in North America, Marquette has been said by to be a cousin of Frontenac and a grandson of Pinot Noir.

A classically South of France-styled wine, our Marquette sits somewhere between pinot-like red and merlot-ish blue fruits with aromas and flavors of black cherries, blackcurrants, and blackberries:  medium bodied yet lush in the mouth and accented by hints of smokiness. Great integration of flavors with spicy pepper notes on the finish.

A delightful food wine that could stand in for Pinot Noir. While Marquette has similarities to both Pinot and Merlot, it retains a distinctive personality, a mix of rustic adventure and refined style. Marquette lives up to its hype and should soon find its way into wine stores around the country.

75% Marquette, 20% Syrah, 5% Merlot

Suggested Food Pairings: Marquette pairs beautifully with lamb, roast duck, NY strip steak and even blackened fish. Goat cheese, brie, walnuts, and Crème Brûlée also pair well.

  • Alcohol : 13.5% by volume
  • Location : Washington State

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2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark berry fruit with vanilla, licorice, mint, and eucalyptus aromas mingle with perfumed hints of lily.

The rich and mouth-filling palate has flavors of brown sugar, anise, and cedar with layers of robust fruit as well as oak-inspired notes of salted caramel and cardamom that carry through to a long, intense finish.

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot

Suggested Food Pairings: Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the more complex and layered wines with higher tannins and a savory character often described as black pepper and tobacco. Look for foods high in fat and umami flavors. Cabernet is the red meat lover’s friend, but vegetarians should not despair. Those bridge ingredients will be your friend in pairing: garlic and basil are part of pasta marinara and walnuts cut tannin.

A charred gruyere burger, a mushroom pizza with tomato sauce or some marinated ribeye steak, braised short ribs, or mushroom stroganoff. Even chunky fish (think cod) will work beautifully.

For cheese? Try extra aged Dutch gouda, smoky blue, or Piave Vecchio.

  • Alcohol : Alcohol: 14.8% by volume
  • Location : Yakima Valley

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2016 Blaufränkisch

Aromas of black cherry, ripe plums, and rose petals contrasted with a note of earthiness. On the palate are strong tannins with high acidity, tasting of blackberries and dried cherries.

100% Blaufränkisch

Suggested Food Pairings: Garlic crusted rib-eye steaks and game meats.

  • Alcohol : 13.3% by volume
  • Location : Willard Vineyard, Yakima Valley
  • ph : 3.24
  • ta : 6.8 g/L

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2016 Wyckoff Chardonnay

Wyckoff farms is in the lower Yakima Valley north of the town of Prosser the vineyard was planted in the late 1970s. The site is a cooler site making for intense fruit and good acidity.  As a winemaker this is one of if not my favorite sites for Chardonnay.  The wine was barrel fermented stirred on the lees, for 3 months in a combination of new and used French and American oak barrels. The American oak barrels are specially coopered for Chardonnay.  This is a perfect wine for the holiday season the crispness of this wine lends it a wide range of foods from turkey to your favorite hors d’oeuvres for the season.

Harvest Date: September 20, 2016

Sugar at Harvest: 24.6 Brix

Cases Produced: 41

  • Alcohol : 14.1%
  • Location : Yakima Valley
  • ph : 3.68
  • ta : 5.2 grams per liter

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2016 Sagemoor Chardonnay

One of the oldest vineyards in Washington State planting started in 1968 today Sagemoor has over 1,100 acres of grapes planted. Sagemoor Farms lies 10 miles north of the City of Pasco. The Vineyards are on bluffs overlooking the Columbia River with a southern exposure. This is a warm site as sites go in Washington State with natural cooling effect of the Columbia River. Being a warmer site, the wine is a bit softer with bigger mouth feel than the Chardonnay we make from Wyckoff vineyards in the Yakama Valley a cooler site. The wine was barrel fermented stirred on the lees, for 3 months in a combination of one and two year old French and American oak barrels. The American oak barrels are specially coopered for Chardonnay. This Chardonnay as well as the other Chardonnays we offer will be a great accompaniment with the Thanksgiving turkey or just by itself.

Harvest Date: September 29, 2016

Sugar at Harvest: 25 brix

Cases Produced: 52

  • Alcohol : 13.9%
  • Location : Columbia Valley, WA
  • ph : 3.69
  • ta : 4.9 grams per liter

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2016 Reserve Chardonnay

This is a blend of our Sagemoor and Wyckoff Chardonnays making for a more complex wine with a broader flavors and richness. (See tech sheets for Wyckoff and Sagemoor Chardonnay for vilification notes).

Cases Produced: 112

  • Alcohol : 14.4%
  • ph : 3.68
  • ta : 5 grams pH 3.0

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2016 Müller-Thurgau

Müller-Thurgau is a white grape variety which was created by Hermann Müller from the Swiss Canton of Thurgau in 1882. It is a crossing of Riesling with Madeleine Royale.

With fresh and bright acidity, this brilliant, white-gold libation starts with a refreshing air of honeysuckle and finishes with a lively punch of green apple and a kiss of lime on your palate.

Suggested Food Pairings: Shrimp, sharp cheeses, Waldorf salad and grilled vegetables.

Cases Produced: 68

  • Alcohol : 9.9% by volume
  • Location : Puget Sound, WA

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2016 Rosé

Our latest Rosé is a delicious sky-blue pink color and delivers a soft violet and fruit bouquet. Fresh raspberry and strawberry flavors on the palate with ripe red fruits plus hints of spicy minerals and flowers. It’s refreshing, deliciously crisp and bright with a clean, dry finish. All in all, a lighter bodied, dry and easy drinking wine.

Perfect for warm-weather picnics, lunch, dinner or a delicious glass just about anywhere.

Blaufränkisch (German for Blue Franc) is a dark-skinned variety of grape usually used for red wine. It’s a late-ripening variety and produces wines which exhibit a spicy character. We blended with some Syrah to round out a great mouthfeel.

Cases Produced: 191

  • Alcohol : 13.1% by volume
  • Location : Yakima Valley

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2016 Duet White Wine

Varietals: Muscat, Pinot Gris and Riesling

Our 2016 Alsace style Field Blend consists of Muscat, Pinot Gris and Riesling, classic Alsace varietals. The grapes were grown in the Duet Vineyards so to honor their heritage, we named the wine after their home.

Heady peachy/apricot aromas with a hint of cumin! Ruby grapefruit jumps out on the palate and the glorious, unctuous mouthfeel does not disappoint with its earthy, smokiness.  “Equilibre” in Alsace-speak.  That means ‘rich’ and is so very fitting.

Pairing Suggestions: Salads, fruit, pear and Gorgonzola quiche, any white fish and gently spiced dishes.

Cases Produced: 34

  • Alcohol : 10.4% by volume
  • Location : Washington State

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2016 Riesling

Our 2016 Riesling is a perfect representation of the varietal. So much to love.

Incredibly aromatic – all jasmine and honeysuckle, stone fruit and tangerine.

The palate confirms the nose as well as adding slight honey and a surprising bolt of lime tartness to the mix. Naturally high acid partners brilliantly with the natural sweetness. This is a “go to” white wine that will be able to handle most foods, most of the time.

Suggested Food Pairings: Bright, citrusy Rieslings are delicious with foods that have “green” flavors, like lime, jalapeño and tomatillo (in a snapper dish). Riesling is a wine option that can handle a full spectrum of foodie favorites, from tangy vinaigrette dressings to full-flavored sauce laden.

Cases Produced: 160

  • Alcohol : 10.4% by volume
  • Location : Columbia Valley