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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Andrew Will 2011 Sorella Champoux Vineyard Red (Horse Heaven Hills)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $70

In a blind tasting, it’s hard to imagine many people would identify this wine as from Washington, due to the coolness of the vintage and the style. It’s almost impenetrable when first opened, with brooding notes of graphite, exotic spice, herbs, toast and dark fruit. The acids are mouthwatering, the tannins firm and tightly wound, and they need significant time to…

 — S.S.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Dominio IV 2012 the Imagination Series No. 1 Scorched Earth Vineyard Grenache-Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $42

While the notes of raspberry jam, plum and herbs bring plenty of appeal, it’s the velvety soft, plush texture that truly dazzles on this fresh, fruit-filled wine that has a high yum factor.

 — S.S.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Andrew Will 2011 Champoux Vineyard Red (Horse Heaven Hills)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $52

The most immediately accessible of Will’s three Horse Heaven Hills wines, it brings notes of scorched earth, herbs, incense, toast and abundant dark fruit. The palate is densely packed with dark fruit, tart acids and firm, tightly coiled tannins with a beautiful sense of balance. A classically styled wine that should have a healthy life in front of it.

 — S.S.  (11/1/2014)
92
points

Dusted Valley 2012 Squirrel Tooth Alice Red (Wahluke Slope)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $39

A blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Petite Sirah all aged in neutral oak, it’s jazzy and appealing with notes of blue fruit, raspberry, smoked meat and peppery spices showing good purity and richness. It’s nowhere near as weighty as the labeled alcohol level might suggest.

 — S.S.  (11/1/2014)
92
points

Andrew Will 2011 May’s Discovery Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)

  1. $45

100% varietal, this wine displays an intriguing profile of savory herbs, nori, barrel spices and graphite with dark fruit lurking beneath the surface and a citrus twist. There’s minimal excess alcoholic fat. It’s all flavor, with lively acids, a supple, polished feel and good depth and intensity—especially impressive considering the youth of this site (2005 plantings).

 — S.S.  (11/1/2014)
92
points

Pomum Cellars 2011 Reserva Graciano (Snipes Mountain)

  1. $32

Graciano is just getting started in Washington but this bottle shows much promise. It’s aromatically generous, with notes of coffee and heaping amounts of black pepper along with citrus twist. The palate is silky soft in feel and shows elegance and restraint that keep you coming back for more.

 — S.S.  (11/1/2014)
91
points

Double Canyon 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $25

A new offering from the winery, this includes Syrah (13%) and Malbec (3%) in the mix. It’s direct and appealing in notes of blueberry, cherry and well-placed vanilla accents. The flavors are supple and polished, with the oak (30% new French) pleasantly dialed back, the tannins providing a gentle squeeze and the acids drawing things out nicely.

 — S.S.  (11/1/2014)
91
points

Canoe Ridge 2011 Reserve Merlot (Horse Heaven Hills)

  1. $22

Aged in just 33% new French oak, the fruit is front and center, with notes of fresh raspberries, medicine cabinet and dustings of spice. The flavors are luscious, fruit-filled and precise, with firm tannins and tart acids providing the frame.

 — S.S.  (11/1/2014)
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