Sean Sullivan

Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from Washington and Idaho.

In addition to his work at Wine Enthusiast, Sean P. Sullivan is the founder of Washington Wine Report, an on-line publication dedicated to the wines and wineries of the Pacific Northwest. The site is a four-time finalist for ‘Best Single Subject Wine Blog’ from the Wine Blog Awards, winning the honor in 2013 and 2014. Sullivan also writes regularly for Seattle Metropolitan, Vineyard & Winery Management, Washington Tasting Room, and Edible Seattle. He currently reviews wines from Washington and Idaho, and resides in Seattle, Washington.

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Avennia 2012 Arnaut Boushey Vineyard Syrah (Yakima Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50

This wine shines with notes of smoked meat, mineral, dark coffee and earthy funk. The flavors are dense, rich and voluptuous, while retaining an exquisite sense of balance. It’s an exclamation point of a wine that’s approachable now.

 — S.S.  (3/1/2015)
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Gorman 2012 The Pixie Syrah (Red Mountain)

  1. $45

A blend of Klipsun and Ciel du Cheval vineyards aged in 50% new French oak, this wine brings brooding notes of blackberry bramble, blueberry, mineral, herbs and potpourri. The palate-coating blue-fruit flavors are exceptionally dense, rich and sweet and lead to a hyper-extended finish.

 — S.S.  (3/1/2015)
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Rôtie Cellars 2012 Northern Blend Syrah (Washington)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $40

Don’t let the Washington State label fool you. This Walla Walla Valley Rocks-region wine shows complex notes of roasted meat, blue fruit, earth, mineral, smoke and herbs. It’s full bodied and rich with a dazzlingly polished feel to the fruit and savory flavors capped off by a long, meat-filled finish—beautiful stuff.

 — S.S.  (3/1/2015)
93
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Walla Walla Vintners 2012 Estate Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $40

This thoroughly beguiling example of the variety comes from the winery’s young estate vineyard. It brings notes of Red Vines, raspberry, pepper, coffee and sweet barrel spice. The red plum flavors are plush, concentrated and hedonistic in style, with an extremely high yum factor.

 — S.S.  (3/1/2015)
93
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Doyenne 2013 Roussanne (Red Mountain)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $38

This stunner of a wine brings notes of nut oil, ripe, fresh-off-the-tree peach and mouthwatering apricot. It’s nectarous and rich with a rounded feel and abundant sweet fruit flavors that linger. Terrific stuff—a benchmark for the variety in the state.

 — S.S.  (3/1/2015)
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Avennia 2012 Justine Red (Columbia Valley (WA))

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  1. $40

This stunning blend of Mourvèdre (49%), Grenache (28%) and Syrah brings a complex, nuanced assortment of mineral, raspberry, white pepper, thistle and carob notes. It’s richly flavored, layered, dense and supple showing both great subtlety and intensity, with fruit flavors that linger after the last sip.

 — S.S.  (3/1/2015)
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Betz Family 2012 La Côte Patriarche Syrah (Yakima Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $55

Coming from the oldest block of the oldest Syrah vineyard in the state (1986 plantings), this wine brings a pleasing assortment of herbs, blue plum, mineral and spice along with a kiss of smoked meat. It’s focused and rich with densely packed fruit flavors and tannins that show a surprising amount of heft. Best after 2017.

 — S.S.  (3/1/2015)
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Betz Family 2012 La Serenne Syrah (Yakima Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $55

Aromatically still in its shell, this wine offers notes of mineral, pepper, smoked meat, barrel spices and dark-blue fruit. However, flavors are already singing, with waves of rich, intense fruit that almost overwhelm the senses. This velvet hammer of a wine should only reveal more charms with additional time in the bottle. Best from 2017 to 2022.

 — S.S.  (3/1/2015)
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