3 years 7 months ago

Hightower Cellars is a Red Mountain favorite of mine that gets a perennial visit due in large part to the husband-and-wife owners and winemakers, Tim and Kelly Hightower. They make touring and tasting wines in this area an absolute pleasure.

The Hightowers had the foresight to buy 15 acres in this now world-famous Washington appellation in 2002. I've followed the growth of their 10 acres of estate vineyards since they were planted in 2004 and it's safe to say these have matured into some of the region's finest.

Two Hightower wines I enjoyed as of late absolutely blew me away, especially the 2010 Murray Red (about $20). Despite the Columbia Valley label designation, all of the fruit for this wine was sourced from Red Mountain vineyards.

The 2010 Murray is a delicious Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, petit verdot and cabernet franc. There's a pleasant, wet stone, mineral-like aroma - indicative of Red Mountain terroir - that leads off and follows through to the finish. In between, this overachieving red wine offers generous, mouthwatering boysenberry and blueberry flavors that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Also a pleasure to taste is the 2010 Merlot (about $25). Subtle black cherry, plum and currant flavors are complemented with a 15 percent contribution of malbec, which gives it a gentle but distinct brambly, blackberry finish. Here, the Hightowers show how attention-to-detail winemaking can result in an excellent wine despite a challenging, cooler vintage.

3 years 8 months ago

We are solid double gold here at Hightower Cellars!! All 4 of our wines that we submitted (Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah) received double golds at the Seattle Wine Awards!

3 years 10 months ago

Bud break  - the season of rebirth in the vineyards.  Bud  break is when the grape starts its annual growth cycle. In the Yakima Valley this stage typically begins in mid-April, a little earlier here on Red Mountain, as it is one of the warmest sites in Yakima Valley. If the vines have been pruned during the winter, the start of this cycle is signaled by a “bleeding” of the vine which happens when the sap begins to flow. Bleeding reflects new root growth and warming soil temperatures.

Tiny buds on the vine start to swell and eventually shoots begin to grow from the buds. The shoots sprout tiny leaves that can begin the process of photosynthesis, which creates the energy to accelerate growth. These shoots grow relatively slow until the vines begin to enjoy really warm temperatures (85 degrees and above), which in the Yakima Valley typically occurs in mid-May. It is during this time that the acceleration of growth begins. Growers will easily see 2-3 inches of growth per day, maybe more if it is real warm. 

4 years 3 months ago

On November 1st, 2013 finished pressing off the last of their 2013 wine into barrels.  It was a beautiful sunny day.  We celebrated with lots of good wine and food and showers!

4 years 5 months ago


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