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91 points

Gifford Hirlinger 2009 Stateline Red (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

Gifford Hirlinger’s Stateline Red is perhaps the least-known best-value wine in the Walla Walla AVA. The blend changes radically from year to year—this is 83% Cabernet with splashes of Malbec, Tinta Cão, Tempranillo and Petit Verdot. Focused and concentrated, it has a streak of orange and cherry liqueur, and yummy…

 — P.G.   Published 7/1/2012
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91 points

Gifford Hirlinger 2008 Stateline Red (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

This deceptively named and priced wine is a gem. It’s all estate-grown, and the blend is a fascinating combination of Merlot, Cabernet and Malbec, with a dollop of Tinta Cao, Tempranillo and Petit Verdot. Dark and demonstrative, it has a seductive nose of black fruits, toast and coffee. Currants and black cherries…

 — P.G.   Published 7/1/2011
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Gifford Hirlinger 2010 Estate Malbec (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

In this pure, focused Malbec, moderately tart acidity underscores a mix of wild berries, with accents of autumn leaves. The definition and soft approachability are exceptional. Malbec is one of the emerging, under-the-radar strengths of Washington State.

 — P.G.   Published 11/1/2014
91 points

Gifford Hirlinger 2008 Estate Tempranillo (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

This seems to be the first varietally designated Tempranillo from Gifford Hirlinger, and it shows exciting promise. Very little Tempranillo is planted in Washington, and most versions draw on the same vineyard sources; this is estate grown and therefore unique. Smoky and textural, it has a lovely depth of dark…

 — P.G.   Published 7/1/2011
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90 points

Gifford Hirlinger 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

Note the vintage—2009. This is already moving into maturity, loaded with berry-pie fruit flavors, especially blueberry. It’s soft and drinking well, with cinnamon and baking spices in abundance. Don’t delay—enjoy it over the next couple of years.

 — P.G.   Published 11/1/2014
90 points

Gifford Hirlinger 2008 Estate Petite Verdot (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

Clean and well-ripened fruit holds down center court here; tart and tight flavors of currant and berry. It’s wrapped in a shell of tannin that is still hard and seeming to hold the wine back. The best guess is to give it some bottle age and let it breathe, and you will be rewarded with a polished and expressive wine.

 — P.G.   Published 7/1/2011
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89 points

Gifford Hirlinger 2010 Estate Merlot (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

Fully ripe, estate-grown fruit, 100% varietal, starts it on solid ground. It’s soft and plummy, with purple fruits in abundance, and brings flavors of light chocolate threaded through smooth tannins. Just a little more acidity would elevate it further. Drink soon and enjoy.

 — P.G.   Published 11/1/2014
89 points

Gifford Hirlinger 2009 Estate Petit Verdot (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

Toasty and firm, this pure Petit Verdot is rich with black cherry and cassis. Whiffs of smoke and a slight burn in the finish suggest that further bottle age will bring in more barrel nuances (from 40% new American oak) and smooth out the finish.

 — P.G.   Published 7/1/2012
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