Rand Sealey reviews Coyote Canyon Wines

In late May, I drove over to Prosser to check up on what’s new there. After getting off I-82 at exit 80, my first stop was at Coyote Canyon in the Winemaker’s Loft on Port Avenue where I tasted these wines with owner Michael Andrews and winemaker Justin Michaud. All of the grapes for them come from the Andrews’ Coyote Canyon Estate Vineyard on the north part of the Horse Heaven Hills. 

2013 Coyote Canyon “GW Smith Reserve” Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills ($38)
Blended with 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, this Malbec exhibits a semi opaque crimson-ruby color and an intense, smoky nose of wild blackberries, cherries, blueberries and black currants with scents of black roses, mulberry, sweet tobacco, violets and smoldering incense. The medium full-bodied flavors mirror the aromatics with black and blue fruits that are infused with licorice, dark cocoa, French roast and Horse Heaven sun drenched and wind blown earth. The saturation continues on the back with sensations of roasted berries and nuts, kirsch and cassis liqueurs, mocha and burnt charcoal, followed by a lingering spiced and peppered ripe tannin finish that is lifted by vivid fruit acids. 19/20 points.

2012 Coyote Canyon “Michael Andrews Reserve” Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills ($38)
This blend of 67% Tempranillo and 33% Graciano (often used as a blending grape in Spain) offers a deep ruby-garnet color and a distinctive nose of raspberries, cherries, plums, bayberry, Spanish lavender and smoldering incense. On the palate, the flavors are medium bodied and supple, yet deep and penetrating, with notes of licorice, cocoa, roasted coffee beans and Horse Heaven scorched earth. The chewy textured back picks up macerated berries, roasted nuts and dried cherries, followed by a lingering, dryish Rioja-like finish. 18.5+/20 points.

2012 Coyote Canyon “Robert Andrews Reserve” Mourvèdre, Horse Heaven Hills ($38)
Blended with 25% Syrah, this Mourvèdre shows a deep ruby color and a rich nose of blackberries, blueberries and currants with scents of wild roses, mulberry, brambles, garrigue (lavender and Provençal herbs), cracked pepper and spiced incense. The flavors are thick and chewy, intermixed with licorice, dark cocoa, roasted coffee beans and Horse Heaven wind blown earth. The intensity continues on the back with sensations of roasted berries and nuts, crème de cassis, charcoal and spices (nutmeg, clove) on a long pepper dusted ripe tannin finish. 19/20 points.

Thanks for stopping by Rand!  It was a pleasure!!

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