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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Sleight of Hand 2012 The Sorceress Upland Vineyard Grenache (Snipes Mountain)

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It plays to Grenache’s lighter, more refined side in color, flavor and feel. An unusual mix of fruit and savory notes includes herbs, umami, stems, cherry Jolly Rancher, green olive and wet gravel. The texture is creamy and hypnotic, gliding along to a lingering finish. A unique wine that defies easy comparison but keeps drawing you in for additional exploration.  — S.S.  (9/1/2014)
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Columbia Crest 2011 Reserve Coyote Canyon Vineyard Syrah (Horse Heaven Hills)

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Numerous sites in the Horse Heaven Hills didn’t produce fruit in 2011 due a late 2010 freeze. This wine bears witness to the glory of the vines that survived unscathed with its notes of huckleberry, dark coffee and smoked meat. The flavors are silky soft and glide along to a lingering, chocolate-filled finish.  — S.S.  (9/1/2014)
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Forgeron 2011 Stonetree Vineyard Primitivo (Wahluke Slope)

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This complex wine pops with notes of dried cranberries and cherries, anise, vanilla, cocoa, pipe tobacco and barrel spices. It’s ripe, rounded and soft in feel with a lingering, spice-filled finish.  — S.S.  (9/1/2014)
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Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)

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This pops aromatically, with notes of dark roasted coffee beans, char and black cherry. The palate is approachable and soft in style, with sweet, ripe cherry flavors and abundant coffee tones throughout.  — S.S.  (9/1/2014)
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Tempus Cellars 2013 Evergreen Vineyard Riesling (Ancient Lakes)

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  1. $18
An aromatic wine with abundant notes of ripe white peach, apricot, mineral and flowers. It drinks off dry (10.7 g/L residual sugar) with a pleasing sense of tension between the acid and stone fruit flavors leading to a long, persistent finish.  — S.S.  (9/1/2014)
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Foundry Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay (Columbia Gorge (WA))

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This oak-tank-fermented Chardonnay is light and nuanced with notes of toast, pear and green apple. The palate is densely flavored, creamy in feel, speckled with mineral notes and a streak of tart acidity throughout.  — S.S.  (9/1/2014)
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14 Hands 2011 The Reserve Malbec (Horse Heaven Hills)

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Despite seeing a wealth of new oak (92% new French and American), the fruit takes front and center, with notes of dark plum and peppery spices. The palate is full bodied, rich and viscous in feel, with a lingering, coffee-filled finish.  — S.S.  (9/1/2014)
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Domaine Pouillon 2010 Katydid Red (Horse Heaven Hills)

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Light in color, this blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Counoise—all aged in neutral French oak—brings notes of red fruit, herbs and spices. Supported by chalky tannins, it has a mesmerizing texture and purity that carries through to a lingering finish.  — S.S.  (9/1/2014)
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