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 resides in Seattle, Washington.

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Troon 2011 Old Vine Meritage (Applegate Valley)

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  1. $35

The blend of this wine includes all five traditional Bordeaux varieties—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot—mostly from 1970s plantings. It’s light in color, with appealing notes of licorice, cedar and cherry. The palate is restrained and elegant, with enough structure to benefit from some additional bottle aging. Best after 2017.

 — S.S.  (12/1/2014)
92
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Dominio IV 2006 Tango Estate Reserve Tempranillo (Columbia Gorge (OR))

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  1. $42

Coming from four different Tempranillo clones planted at the winery’s estate vineyard, it beguiles with notes of saddle leather, dried cherry, dusky spices and citrus spritz. The fruit flavors are polished and the tannins structured—a thoroughly delightful bottle.

 — S.S.  (12/1/2014)
90
points

Foris 2012 Chardonnay (Rogue Valley)

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  1. $14

A directly appealing wine with notes of apple, toast and melon. It’s fresh in feel, medium bodied with a good sense of balance throughout and a lingering finish.

 — S.S.  (12/1/2014)
90
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RoxyAnn 2011 Honor Barn Red (Rogue Valley)

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Made from 75% Syrah with the rest Malbec and a smidgeon of Cabernet Sauvignon, it brings notes of dried cherry, vanilla and barrel spices. The palate is luscious and rich with abundant cherry flavors and barrel accents leading to a cranberry-filled finish.

 — S.S.  (12/1/2014)
89
points

Foris 2013 Estate Gewürztraminer (Rogue Valley)

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  1. $14

Aromatically exuberant, this offers notes of lychee, rose petal, spice and citrus rind. It drinks dry and is lighter in style, with abundant spices speckling a supremely long finish.

 — S.S.  (12/1/2014)
89
points

Reustle 2013 Prayer Rock Vineyards Talitha Cumi Bloc Sauvignon Blanc (Umpqua Valley)

  1. $23

Unmistakably Sauvignon Blanc, it carries notes of herbs, citrus and guava. It’s lightly spritzy and drinks dry with mouthwatering citrus flavors. Try it with shellfish.

 — S.S.  (12/1/2014)
89
points

Brandborg 2012 Ferris Wheel Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Elkton Oregon)

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  1. $38

A direct reflection of the 2012 vintage, with notes of wild strawberry, sarsaparilla, clove and cinnamon. The flavors are medium bodied in style, juicy and appealing.

 — S.S.  (12/1/2014)
89
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Silvan Ridge 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rogue Valley)

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Fairly aromatic, it conveys notes of red and black fruit, savory herbs, toffee and barrel spices. Lighter in style, it shows abundant vanilla flavors while still bringing a lovely sense of texture and overall balance.

 — S.S.  (12/1/2014)
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