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ISSUE #8: Red Mountain, Established 2001

Red Mountain is the smallest appellation (sub appellation of Yakima Valley) in Washington State at 4,040 acres (1,630 ha). Due to warm temperatures, red grape varieties dominate on Red Mountain. There are, however, limited plantings of white grape varieties as well. Klipsun, Taylor Mag and Canyons vineyards are sources for Browne Family Vineyards, including our Cabernet Sauvignon and some of our Merlot. Its Cabernet Sauvignons tend to be full-bodied, dark, and dense with dark cherry aromas and flavors. The Merlots can be very tannic. Red Mountain Syrahs tend to be bold and full-bodied, with abundant dark fruit flavors and mineral notes. Red Mountain wines often have a distinct minerality.

Other facts:

  • Established in 2001, located on the eastern edge of the Yakima Valley
  • Not necessarily a mountain, more of a steep slope, which faces Southwest near the Yakima River
  • Over 1,199 vineyard acres currently planted in the 4,040 acre area
  • Primary grape varieties planted include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Sangiovese, Malbec, and Petit Verdot
  • The area has a desert climate with average yearly rainfall of five inches per year. During the growing season daytime temperatures average 90 °F (32 °C) with night time temperatures dropping below 50 °F (10 °C). Source: Washington State Wine