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 currently reviews wines from Washington and Idaho, and resides in Seattle, Washington.

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Passing Time 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)

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  1. $75

This inaugural release from former NFL quarterbacks Dan Marino and Damon Huard is a blend of 86% Discovery Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Klipsun Merlot and 5% Champoux Cabernet Franc. It’s aromatically brooding at kickoff, with notes of dark coffee, dusty earth and cherry. The soft, smooth cherry and coffee flavors will benefit from additional time in the bottle, as this…

 — S.S.  (5/1/2015)
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Efesté 2013 Evergreen Vineyard Riesling (Ancient Lakes)

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  1. $20

This wine is an aromatic tour de force with notes of apricot, pear, honey and slate. The off-dry fruit flavors are ripe, lightly spritzy and layered, with a drawn-out feel that leads to an explosion of fruit on the finish.

 — S.S.  (5/1/2015)
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Avennia 2012 Sestina Red (Columbia Valley (WA))

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  1. $60

This standout wine is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc mostly from old blocks at Dionysus, Red Willow and Bacchus vineyards. It’s youthful with aromas of toasty barrel spices, dark roasted coffee and high-toned savory herbs. Flavors are light and restrained while still showing a lot of richness, with the dark fruit notes backed by…

 — S.S.  (5/1/2015)
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B. Leighton 2012 Olsen Brothers Vineyard Grenache (Yakima Valley)

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  1. $45

This inaugural release is 100% varietal that’s aged in neutral French puncheons. The panoply of notes includes raspberry seed, dark plum, green olive and nori. The mouthfeel is the true star with a rich, pillowy-soft, palate-coating texture showing exceptional purity and an extended finish.

 — S.S.  (5/1/2015)
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B. Leighton 2012 Olsen Brothers Vineyard Syrah (Yakima Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $45

Aromas suggest green olive, mineral, moist earth and herbs. The palate explodes with iron, smoked meat, herb and savory flavors blanketed by a mesmerizingly silky texture. The finish shows persistence, purity and detail. Give it time to strut its stuff. Best after 2016.

 — S.S.  (5/1/2015)
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Owen Roe 2012 Chapel Block Red Willow Vineyard Syrah (Yakima Valley)

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  1. $55

Hailing from the vineyard with the state’s first Syrah plantings, this aromatically expressive wine offers dry chocolate, dates and mineral. It’s full bodied, sweet and rich with dense layers of fruit flavors juxtaposed by a velvety mouthfeel.

 — S.S.  (5/1/2015)
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Sixto 2012 Moxee Chardonnay (Washington)

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  1. $55

This directly appealing wine brings notes of the underside of a pineapple, chamomile, talc, wet stone and apricot, mixing delicacy and nuance. It’s creamy in feel with rich, concentrated fruit flavors and a long, detailed finish.

 — S.S.  (5/1/2015)
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Sixto 2012 Roza Hills Chardonnay (Washington)

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  1. $55

A pale golden color, this offers intoxicating notes of candy corn, lemon curd, spice and stone fruit along with light toast accents (30% new French oak). It’s rich, textured and full of intense, layered fruit and mineral flavors that carry through the long finish.

 — S.S.  (5/1/2015)
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