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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Foris 2011 Chardonnay (Rogue Valley)

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Eschewing new French oak entirely and with just 10% second fill, it’s lightly aromatic with notes of apple and stone fruit. With no malolactic fermentation, the fruit flavors are medium-bodied and sweet, showing a sense of balance that carries through to the finish.  — S.S.  (4/1/2014)
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Ross Andrew 2011 Meadow Pinot Noir (Oregon)

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There’s a lot of good things going on in a glass of this Yamhill-Carlton sourced wine that shows notes of strawberry, mint, cherry and herbs. It’s light and elegantly styled with a good sense of balance and a smoky, mint-filled finish.  — S.S.  (4/1/2014)
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J. Scott Cellars 2012 Chardonnay (Rogue Valley)

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A lot of good things are going on in this barrel fermented, unapologetically oaky wine with notes of butter, pumpkin spices and almond complemented by a creamy, rich feel. Still, the alcohol gets a bit too far out front and provides a distracting sense of heat throughout.  — S.S.  (4/1/2014)
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J. Scott Cellars 2011 Grenache (Rogue Valley)

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A rich, full-bodied wine with notes of cherry and plum. It’s sweet and tangy with a huckleberry and wood spice-filled finish.  — S.S.  (4/1/2014)
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J. Scott Cellars 2010 Syrah (Rogue Valley)

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An aromatic, seemingly wood-focused wine with notes of toasty spices, burnt coffee bean, char and cherry. There’s some richness and depth to the fruit flavors but overall the oak distracts.  — S.S.  (4/1/2014)
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Foris 2012 Estate Grown Riesling (Rogue Valley)

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An aromatic wine with notes of freshly cut red apple, overripe pear and jasmine. The palate drinks closer to dry than the aromas might suggest, with a phenolic feel.  — S.S.  (4/1/2014)
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Foris 2011 Fly Over Red (Rogue Valley)

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Almost half Merlot with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon with just a dollop of Cabernet Franc (9%) added to the mix, it brings notes of cocoa, plum, green herbs and bell pepper. Lighter in color and feel, it’s made in an elegant style with a pleasing sense of freshness.  — S.S.  (4/1/2014)
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Foris 2010 Siskiyou Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon (Rogue Valley)

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A moderately aromatic wine that brings notes of cherry, plum and baking spices. It’s densely packed with sweet cherry, coffee and powdered cinnamon flavors with dry, grainy tannins that distract.  — S.S.  (4/1/2014)
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