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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Den Hoed 2010 Andreas Wallula Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $80

This classically styled, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon brings vibrant notes of cherry pith, cassis, fresh herb, macerated cranberry, mineral and an undertone of barrel spice. It’s densely packed with rich, layered fruit flavors, firm, tightly wound tannins and tart acids. A wine for the ages. Best from 2020–2030.

 — S.S.  (12/31/2014)
93
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Double Canyon 2012 Double Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $48

Somewhat light in color, this is an aromatically appealing wine that shows a complex assortment of coffee, vanilla, pencil lead, cherry, blueberry and high-toned herbal notes. It’s exquisitely polished in its styling, with plush tannins and a long, lingering finish. A pretty expression of the variety that shows a great degree of elegance and deftness, it drinks…

 — S.S.  (12/31/2014)
93
points

Inniskillin 2012 Icewine Niagara Estate Riesling (Niagara Peninsula)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $80

A thoroughly dazzling wine that brings focused, complex notes of honey, pineapple and dried apricot. At 266 g/L residual sugar, it’s thick, rich and luscious, with the grape’s natural acidity carrying the flavors through to a long, lively and lingering finish.

 — S.S.  (12/31/2014)
92
points

Cave Spring 2012 Cave Spring Vineyard Estate Bottled VQA Riesling (Beamsville Bench)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $17

Coming from vines ranging in age from 9–39 years, this is an aromatically complex wine, with notes of wet slate, orange peel and herb. It drinks off dry, with tart, mouthwatering acidity accenting the abundant stone fruit flavors—a thriller of a wine.

 — S.S.  (12/31/2014)
92
points

Savage Grace 2013 Underwood Mountain Riesling (Columbia Gorge (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $21

An aromatically vibrant wine with notes of slate, peach, apricot and citrus. It drinks off dry, with exquisitely balanced acidity and a lot of depth and richness to the fruit flavors. Impressive stuff.

 — S.S.  (12/31/2014)
92
points

Kerloo 2012 Upland Vineyards Syrah (Snipes Mountain)

  1. $40

This is an aromatic wine containing 8% Viognier, with perfumed notes of flowers and orange peel along with wet gravel, plum and smoked meat. The blue fruit flavors are intense and pure, backed by a squeeze of chalky tannins. Best after 2016.

 — S.S.  (12/31/2014)
92
points

Woodward Canyon 2012 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay (Columbia Gorge (WA))

  1. $66

This single-vineyard wine shows both the warmth of the vintage and the coolness of this site, boasting depth and richness to the fruit flavors while retaining good acidity. It combines notes of apple, peach and lees with light barrel accents—20% new French—and a creamy feel. Enjoy with shrimp stir fried in olive oil for a pairing nirvana.

 — S.S.  (12/31/2014)
91
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Columbia Crest 2012 H3 Les Chevaux Red (Horse Heaven Hills)

  • Best Buy
  1. $15

A blend of 60% Syrah, 27% Merlot and a handful of other varieties added to the mix, this aromatically pops, with complex notes of plum, blueberry, smoke, chocolate and floral accents. It’s silky smooth in feel, with abundant chocolaty flavors that help it go down far too easy.

 — S.S.  (12/31/2014)
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