Wine Press Northwest just reviewed our Reserve Cabernet and gave it their highest rating! Outstanding!

Once again, Woodinville, Wash., winemaker Shane Howard earns our top rating for one of his reds.  Expressive oak tones don’t outshine the fruit from Stillwater Creek, Conner Lee and Kiona vineyards as both the nose and the palate are filled with black cherry and blueberry.  In the background are hints of cracked black pepper, toasted cashew, lavender and mint.  It shows remarkable balance of acidity and tannin, then brings a finish of chocolate-covered espresso bean.   95% Cabernet Sauvignon  - 5% Merlot  -  55 Cases


More New Ratings from Wine Press NW

Excellent.  Pondera Winery 2008 Merlot,

Columbia Valley, $28.

It’s rare for us to comment about the color of wines other than a rose’, but there’s a remarkable inkiness to this Merlot that hints at fruitiness from boysenberry, blueberry and Marionberry.  Warm oak yields tones of anise and chocolate as tannins build slowly from the midpalate on back. It finishes with espresso grounds and black tea.


Excellent. Pondera Winery 2008 Consensio,

Columbia Valley, $33.

Shane Howard’s blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (58%), Merlot (27%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Malbec carries aromas blackberry fruit leather, cinnamon toast, coffee, black pepper, potting soil and alfalfa. The palate features pie cherry filling, fresh blueberry, mint chocolate and graphite, all held tightly together by taut tannins.




2010 Malbec –

Silver – Seattle Wine & Food Festival


2010 Entwined –

Gold Seattle Wine & Food Festival

Outstanding – Great Northwest Wine


2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold Seattle Wine & Food Festival


2009 Prima Donna

Top 100 NW Wines – Great Northwest Wine



Kings Cup Winner

Golden Grape Awards 2013

Barking Frog, Willows Lodge



Silver The Great Northwest Wine Awards


2009 Stillwater Creek Malbec

Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards


2009 Cabernet Franc

Silver Seattle Wine Awards


2008 Sericus

Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards


2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding! - Wine Press Northwest


2008 Consensio

Rated “Outstanding” – Wine Press Northwest Magazine

90pts Wine Enthusiast


2007 Sericus

Outstanding!  - Seattle Wine Awards

Outstanding! - Wine Press Northwest



Outstanding!  Wine Press Northwest




Wine Press Northwest


2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

91pts Wine Advocate


2011 Chardonnay-Conner Lee Vineyard

Gold - Seattle Wine Awards




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