Fantastic. Billowing with black raspberry, black cherry, and a beautiful bottom note of sweet black currant, it sings through the finish with cedar, spice, and floral accents. Classic Yakima Red, easily one of the strongest vintages since its inception. 45% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon.
When we learned about the return of Yakima Red, we had to sit down with winemaker David O'Reilly to learn more. at right, Andy, Marcus, and David O'Reilly
"After my last bottling of the 2012 Yakima Valley Red Wine I decided to discontinue this popular wine. My idea was to consolidate the hugely popular Yakima Red and Rosa Mystica Cabernet Franc to craft an uber Right Bank Bordeaux blend heavily influenced by Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with a different name and label.
This 2013 Yakima Valley Red Wine is that wine -- I'm ecstatic with both it's Bordeaux-esque qualities and new-world brightness.
I hope that you enjoy the New/Old Yakima Red Wine -- it is precisely the look, flavor, and feel of Owen Roe in Yakima Valley."
The New/Old Name
"Its name couldn't be more basic -- it is a Yakima Valley Red Wine. Since this label was used by me since the first bottling in 2000 I decided to use the same package. The image of Drumlane Abbey in County Cavan, Ireland has such resonance with me and my family history that I had to continue with the old label. As a child in this picturesque area, I would drive the tractor towing a wagon with the grown-ups throwing the large heavy hay bales on the back. These villages were united by Owen Roe O'Neil in the Irish Confederacy against the injustice of Oliver Cromwell and the English Puritans bent on colonizing the rich countryside with their followers. The rebellion was eventually quelled but the fight for independence never left and finally we gained our Independence almost 100 years ago."