Rand Sealey Review of Washington Wines

207564_209375689081070_7680205_nCoyote Canyon, another vineyard that sells most of its grape production, making a limited amount of its own wine. In 1994, Mike Andrews planted the first 20 acres of vines, which was eventually expanded to 1100 acres, and, in 2006, began to produce wine.


2010 Coyote Canyon Grenache, Horse Heaven Hills ($25)

Deep purplish ruby colored, this wine shows a sultry nose of Marion berry, cherry and red currant, with scents of rosebuds, bayberry and Provençal herbs and lavender. The medium bodied flavors are generous and savory, with admixtures of licorice, cocoa and Horse Heaven minerals. The back picks up notes of roasted berries and nuts and spiced cherries, followed by dashes of nutmeg, clove. pepper and soy on a dryish finish. 18.5/20 points.


2010 Coyote Canyon Primitivo, Horse Heaven Hills ($25)

This is a striking rendition of a clonal Zinfandel. It shows a deep purplish color and a rich nose of blackberry, cherry, plum, mulberry, brambles and spiced incense. The dark fruit flavors are ripe and generous, yet focused, with notes of licorice, mocha and Horse Heaven wind blown earth. The back reveals roasted berries, spiced cherries, plum preserves and dried orange peel. The finish is enlivened by bright fruit acids on the warm (14.3% alcohol) sweet-dry moderate tannin finish. 18.5/20 points.