Sean Sullivan

Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Canada.

Sean is the founder of Washington Wine Report, an on-line publication dedicated to the wines and wineries of the Pacific Northwest. A native of Massachusetts, he moved to Washington in 2000 to pursue a love of mountain climbing. Captivated by the area’s exploding wine scene, in 2005 he began writing wine reviews and distributing them via email before founding Washington Wine Report as an on-line site in 2007. In addition to his work at Washington Wine Report, he has written for Seattle Metropolitan, Decanter, Vineyard & Winery Management, Washington State Wine Touring Guide, among others.

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Genoa Cellars 2010 Doebler Vineyard Sangiovese (Wahluke Slope)

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This rare, single vineyard offering of Sangiovese brings notes of sour cherry, cranberry, dried plum and a kiss of vanilla. It’s spot-on with excellent concentration and depth to the fruit flavors, vibrant acidity and a tart, lingering finish.  — S.S.  (7/1/2014)
90
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Browne Family Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))

  1. $32
Aged 11 months in French oak, the roasty-toasty barrel notes are at the fore followed by peach and tropical fruit. What it lacks in subtlety it makes up for with a rich, creamy mouthfeel that draws out to a lingering finish.  — S.S.  (7/1/2014)
89
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Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay (Horse Heaven Hills)

  1. $22
Aged in a mixture of French oak (32% new) and stainless steel, it shows the best of both with fresh peach notes and barrel spices intermingling with crème fraîche. It’s creamy in feel with the concentration winnowing slightly toward the finish.  — S.S.  (7/1/2014)
88
points

Jones of Washington 2013 Pinot Gris (Ancient Lakes)

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The light and mineral aromas belie the palate’s full, rounded fruit flavors with some sugar sweetening the finish.  — S.S.  (7/1/2014)
88
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Jones of Washington 2013 Viognier (Wahluke Slope)

  1. $15
The aromas are surprisingly light for the variety with notes of ripe pear and peach. It’s full bodied with sweet fruit flavors and a rounded, creamy feel leading to a warm finish.  — S.S.  (7/1/2014)
87
points

Bridgman 2012 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))

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A directly appealing wine with little obvious new oak influence to get in the way of the clean pear and pineapple flavors that are stitched together by just a touch of sweetness.  — S.S.  (7/1/2014)
87
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Latah Creek 2012 Familigia Vineyards Sweet Riesling (Ancient Lakes)

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The winery’s first ’Sweet Riesling’ is somewhat aromatically reticent for the variety with notes of lychee, jasmine and apricot. The palate lives up to the label though with sweet (70g/L residual sugar) apricot and fresh mango flavors that linger on the finish.  — S.S.  (7/1/2014)
87
points

Latah Creek 2012 Hyatt Vineyards Moscato (Rattlesnake Hills)

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A perfumed wine with notes of lychee, orange peel and honeysuckle. It’s sweet (100g/L residual sugar) with mandarin orange flavors that linger on the finish.  — S.S.  (7/1/2014)
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