Tuesday, April 10, 2012

McKinley Springs, Horse Heaven Hills

Taste Washington! Recommended Wines.

The children and spouses of Louise and Bob Andrews, established McKinley Springs Winery in 2002 with a goal of producing balanced, flavorful wines offering excellent value. Rob Andrews, Grower, tends to the vineyards and Doug Rowell, Winemaker, oversees production at McKinley Springs. Together they make 10 wines, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chenin Blanc.

McKinley Springs Winemaker Doug Rowell.

All of the McKinley Springs wines I tasted were very good. These wines are at very affordable price points too. What are you waiting for? Go buy some McKinley Springs, they ship too.

The Wines:

McKinley Springs 2009 Chenin Blanc, Horse Heaven Hills.
Chenin Blanc, 2009 – Planted in 1981, crisp, lovely. Once widely planted, today, little Chenin Blanc is produced in Washington – this Chenin is at an affordable price too. Case production 546, retail price $12. Recommended.

McKinley Springs 2008 Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills.
* Favorite: 2008 Syrah - Great nose, wow, my speed, vibrant, just right good fruit. Retail price $18.


McKinley Springs 2008 Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills.
* Favorite: 2008 Malbec - Quite good. Production 84 cases,retail price $24.


* Favorite 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon - New release, like the subtle nose, tannins, grip, teeth squeak, spritz on tongue, good finish, bright, cherry, like. Tastes like a Cabernet Sauvignon. Retail price $18.


McKinley Springs 2008 Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills.
* Favorite: Petit Verdot - Cola, fruit, like so many good wines, like style. Great finish. Not blended away. Retail price $24.

Wines listed here are the wines I liked and recommend. My favorite wines appealed to me because they expressed unique characteristics and quality, they are indicated by an “*” and are in italics.

McKinley Springs Winery
Tasting Room is open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend.
1201 Alderdale Road
Prosser, WA 99350
509-894-4528

www.mckinleysprings.com
twitter: @mckinleysprings

Horse Heaven Hills AVA Location.
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