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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Jaxon 2011 Syrah (Rogue Valley)

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Coming from the cool 2011 vintage, this lightly colored wine brings appealing notes of assorted berries, herbs and barrel spices. It’s very pretty in style, soft in feel with a lingering finish.  — S.S.  (10/1/2014)
88
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River's Edge 2011 Pinot Noir (Umpqua Valley)

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Pale in color, it has pleasing aromas that mix fruit and barrel with notes of cinnamon, cherry and sarsaparilla. The palate is medium bodied with the oak (30% new French and American) getting just a bit out front of the fruit flavors.  — S.S.  (10/1/2014)
87
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River's Edge 2011 Pinot Gris (Umpqua Valley)

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Aged in neutral oak barrels with malolactic fermentation, this medium yellow-colored wine brings notes of wheat cereal, peach and lees. It’s dry and broad in feel with tart acidity, seeming slightly advanced for its age.  — S.S.  (10/1/2014)
86
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River's Edge 2011 Barrel Select Pinot Noir (Umpqua Valley)

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Light in color, it brings notes of cranberry, currant and vanilla, with the barrel notes getting out front. The palate is broad in feel with tart cranberry flavors.  — S.S.  (10/1/2014)
92
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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)
92
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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)
92
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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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