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OUTSTANDING! – Great Northwest Wine review of our 2013 Lake Chelan Syrah

By on March 25, 2016

cairdeas-syrah-2013-bottleThe Lybeckers’ devotion to the wine industry lured them from life near the Puget Sound to a new career along Lake Chelan, and their passion and pursuit of Rhône varieties is apparent. Growing conditions surrounding the lake help to balance hot growing seasons such as 2013, and this product of Syrah from the south shore was co-fermented with Viognier (4%), making for youthful and fruit-forward aromas of Marionberry and blueberry with light toast. Inside, its silky texture, thanks in part to new French oak puncheons, continues to showcase those blue fruit tones, backed by plums and blueberry acidity. Label art was provided by the very young Eugene Lybecker. The wine received a silver medal at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle, but one judge believed it merited more.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 80 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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Trí wins DOUBLE GOLD at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

On February 13th, the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) held its annual Public Tasting at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion. This year’s event was a packed house, with over 5,000 people enjoying the delicious food, friendly people and great wines!

The Largest Competition of American Wines in the World Names the Best of the Best: After receiving 7,164 entries from 28 states across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, hailed as the largest competition of American wines in the world, has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few.

We are honored to have received a Double Gold for our 2013 Trí at this years competition

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2014 Nellie Mae & 2013 Trí win GOLD at Tri Cities Wine Festival

The 37th annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival released its results Saturday. More than 80 wineries provided 428 wines for this year’s event at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

Cairdeas Winery wond GOLD medals for their 2014 Nellie Mae and 2013 Trí

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2014 Petite Sirah Port – Excellent! – Winepress NW

Our tasting of Pacific Northwest fortified dessert wines drew 39 examples. As one might expect, some of the best came from wineries that have specialized in this style of wine.

Fortified wines are easy to love, but our judges looked for the elements they always seek in wines regardless of style: balance and flavor. In the case of this judging, our panel of experts found a lot to like. And that is good for all of us.

Cairdeas Winery • $35 – Excellent

2014 Fortified Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley

This up-and-coming winery on the north shore of Lake Chelan dipped into the Yakima Valley for bold Petite Sirah grapes. The resulting wine is young and fresh with aromas and flavors of black raspberry, boysenberry syrup, vanilla and molasses. (56 cases; 20.1% alc.)

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2012 Counoise – Best of Class – North Central Washington Wine Awards

Cairdeas Winery 2012 Counoise received a gold medal and was chosen as best of class at the 2015 North Central Washington Wine Awards. Check out the full list of results here –

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6 Double Gold & Gold medals – 2015 Seattle Wine Awards

We were humbled and honored to earn 6 Double Gold and Gold medals from the 2015 Seattle Wine Awards:

DOUBLE GOLD – 2012 Consonance
DOUBLE GOLD – 2012 Counoise

GOLD – 2012 Dolcetto
GOLD – 2012 C2
GOLD – Southern White

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Excellent! – 2012 Counoise review on Great Northwest Wine

By on May 3, 2015

This young husband/wife team in Chelan, Wash., pushed the legal labeling standards for this Counoise from Airfield Ranch in Porsser by adding Petite Sirah (25%) from Inland Desert Nursery’s vineyard near Red Mountain to the final equation of this Southern Rhone-themed blend. There’s a spicy greetings in the nose with cracked black pepper and horehound along with poached cherry, fig, lavender and dried herb. Inside is a smooth entry of black currant and black cherry, backed by mild tannins, ample acidity and a lick of horehound candy. This merited a silver medal at the 2015 Seattle Wine and Food Wine Award

Rating: Excellent

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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OUTSTANDING! – MV Trí review on Great Northwest Wine

By on April 4, 2015

This young Lake Chelan winery uses the Gaelic term for “three” on its blend of four red Rhône varieties from three vintages and three vineyards. It’s a GSM-style mix primarily using whole-berry fermentation of 2011 Syrah (38%) from Dineen in the Rattlesnake Hills, 2012-grown Grenache (25%) and Mourvèdre off 24K on the Wahluke Slope and 2013 Petite Sirah (12%) from Inland Desert near Red Mountain. Toasted oak, cola and gamy aromas pick up hints of black cherry, dried blueberry, black licorice, mincemeat spices and black truffle earthiness. That dark fruit profile spills out with a rich and juicy approach, bringing more blueberry and plum flavors, backed by solid yet balanced tannins. The Lybeckes’ latest version of Tri is particularly impressive, meriting a gold medal at the 2015 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Awards.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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90pts – 2012 Counoise – Wine Enthusiast

review to be published in May issue of Wine Enthusiast

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Gold Medal – MV Trí – Seattle Food & Wine Experience

Cairdeas Winery wins GOLD for MV Trí at Seattle Food and Wine Experience

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