Red Wines

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars is proud to feature over a dozen handcrafted, award-winning reds, with selections that include both “everyday” quality and value, along with several crown jewels from our family of labels (such as varietals from our Avansino, Farrington and van Loben Sels Cellars labels) that are perfect for special gifts and occasions.

We invite you to visit us at the Arbor Crest Wine Bar on the Cliff House Estate, where you can enjoy wine by the taste, flight, glass or bottle with helpful guidance from our knowledgeable and friendly staff.  To have wines shipped directly to your front door, please check out the Purchase Wine page.

 

AVANSINO grandRESERVE

Columbia Valley

2012 AVANSINO grandRESERVEArbor Crest is pleased to introduce one of the newer members of our family:  AVANSINO grandRESERVE.

A silky red blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Sangiovese, made with grapes from the renowned Wahluke Slope and Conner Lee Vineyards, this wine rolls on to your palate with ripe strawberry and hints of chocolate, ending with a luscious finish. Barrel-aged in French oak for 18 months, this wine is ready to drink now and will age gracefully for another 8 to 10 years.

Winemaker Notes (PDF)

Cabernet Franc

Conner Lee

Columbia Valley

11_cabfranc_labelOur Cabernet Franc from the Columbia Valley is a delicious example of the traditional Bordeaux varietal. This wine is a sumptuous blend made from grapes grown in the prestigious Conner Lee Vineyard. This wine ingrates a spicy herbalness with bright red fruit and jammy characters that unfold and linger on the palate. The elegance of this full-bodied wine weaves layer after layer of spicy oak, red currant, cedar and black raspberry flavors. Barrel-aged in French oak for 20 months, this wine will age gracefully for another 6 to 8 years.

Winemaker Notes (PDF)

Cabernet Sauvignon

Klipsun Vineyard

Red Mountain

This Cabernet Sauvignon from the Klipsun Vineyard is elegant, complex and full of flavor. The multiple layers of chocolate, red-currant and plum explode on the palate, finishing with hints of spices and herbs from the French oak. Barrel-aged for twenty months in new and older French oak, this wine displays intense dark berry fruit and a full-bodied character that Cabernet lovers cherish.

 

Winemaker Notes (PDF)

Cabernet Sauvignon

Five Vineyards

Columbia Valley

This complex and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon is a delicious blend from the Dionysus, Bacchus, Kilpsun, Stillwater Creek and Wahluke Slope Vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The multiple layers of chocolate, red current and plum explode on the palate, finishing with hints of spices and herbs from the French oak. Barrel-aged for 20 months, this wine displays intense dark berry fruit and a full-bodied character that Cabernet lovers cherish. It is our pleasure to present to you this memorable Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaker Notes (PDF)

Cadillac Red

Columbia Valley

Limited Edition

Cadillac Red | Limited EditionCadillac Red is a limited edition wine that was created in honor of Arbor Crest’s founders, Harold and Marcia Mielke.  This is an exceptional blend of their favorite varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon.  The 1931 Cadillac V16 Phaeton seen on the label, was designed by the legendary Harley Earl, and was one of only 364 cars produced in 1931.  Only a dozen or so cars remain today.   Harold and Marcia are proud owners of this spectacular showpiece and on occasion, you may see it parked on the grounds of their other crowning jewel, the Arbor Crest Estate.

Winemaker Notes (PDF)

Cliff House Red

Red Table Wine

Cliff_House_Red_LabelThe Arbor Crest family is pleased to present Cliff House Red, our special proprietary blend, created in honor of the Cliff House, the historic and beautiful Florentine-style mansion on our estate.

This sumptuous wine is made exclusively with the finest Columbia Valley red grapes.  The bright fruit and jammy characters that unfold and linger on the palate are a fine example of the excellent fruit from this appellation.  This medium-bodied wine displays layers of spicy oak, red currant, cedar and black raspberry flavors.

 

Winemaker Notes (PDF)

Dionysus

Meritage Blend

Columbia Valley

We are proud to present this highly acclaimed wine, Dionysus, a masterful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. This distinctive wine was given the name “Dionysus” to showcase its origin from the exceptional vineyard of the same name, and to acknowledge the mythological Greek god of wine.

Dionysus is a rewarding wine to craft because it is created from only the best vineyards, in only the best vintages. The creation of Dionysus is where art presides over science – the true art of blending. This full-bodied wine is aged in French oak for 32 months. The alluring aroma of maple sugar, cedar and black raspberry unfold on the palate as plum, nutmeg and black cherry — thoroughly seductive. This wine will age gracefully for 10-12 years.

Winemaker Notes (PDF)

FARRINGTON Malbec

Wahluke Slope Vineyard & Appellation

farrintgonFinalArbor Crest is excited for you to experience FARRINGTON — the newest addition to our extended family of labels (which include van Loben Sels Cellars, Avansino, and our flagship Arbor Crest brands). This inaugural release is a Malbec from the Wahluke Slope Vineyard, a fruit originally grown in France for use as a blending grape in red Bordeaux wines. As a varietal, Malbec creates a rather intense wine with a deep violet color. It is full of rich cherry and spice with layers of chocolate and currant.

Winemaker Notes (PDF)

Malbec

Wahluke Slope Vineyard

Wahluke Slope

Arbor Crest is pleased to present our Malbec from the Wahluke Slope Vineyard.  Malbec is a variety originally grown in France and used as a blending grape in red Bordeaux wines.  As a varietal wine, Malbec creates a rather intense liquid with a deep violet color.  This is an exciting wine full of rich cherry and spice, with layers of chocolate and currant.

 

 

Winemaker Notes (PDF)

Merlot

Four Vineyards

Columbia Valley

Our 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot is an excellent example of a full-bodied Washington Merlot. Ripe and concentrated, this wine strings layers of intense raspberry, complex currant and blueberry notes framed by spicy, vanilla-scented oak. Barrel aged in French oak for twenty months, this elegant wine finishes boldly with intense cherry, blackberry and plum flavors lingering nicely on the palate. The vines are grown on original, ungrafted rootstock, which provides the grapes their intense varietal character. This wine embodies a tradition of red wine excellence, ensuring a memorable tasting experience. 

Winemaker Notes (PDF)

Sangiovese

Wahluke Slope Vineyard

Wahluke Slope

11_Sangiovese_LabelOur Sangiovese from the Wahluke Slope Vineyard is a wonderful example of a Washington Sangiovese.  The aromas of ripe strawberry jam and spicy notes unfold on the palate as clove and currant.  This well established vineyard, situated in a warm and arid climate with a unique soil profile, yields these wonderful, jammy characters and hints of smoke and cassis.

Winemaker Notes (PDF)

Syrah

Bacchus, Stillwater Creek, Conner Lee

Columbia Valley


11_syrah_labelArbor Crest’s Syrah is an exciting wine that is full-bodied as well as rich and velvety. The grapes from all three vineyards were hand-picked and hand-sorted with yields kept low, producing a wine with concentrated black cherry and blueberry nuances. The combination of these three vineyards produces a complex and enticing blend. Balanced by a fine acidity and tannin structure, the toasty spices from new French oak add hints of nutmeg, clove and licorice.

Winemaker Notes (PDF)