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Davenport Cellars
19501 144th Ave NE
Suite B600
Woodinville, WA 98072
425.457.4957

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2013 Indy International Wine Competition (July 2013)
Gold Medal: 2009 Davenport Cellars "R.H.D.", Columbia Valley
Silver Medal: 2012 Davenport Cellars "Meritage Blanc", Columbia Valley
2013 Seattle Wine Awards (May 2013)
Double Gold Medal: 2009 Davenport Cellars "Continuity.", Columbia Valley
Double Gold Medal: 2009 Davenport Cellars Merlot, Columbia Valley
Gold Medal: 2009 Davenport Cellars "R.H.D.", Columbia Valley
2013 Great Northwest Wine Competition (March 2013)
Silver Medal: 2008 Davenport Cellars "R.H.D.", Columbia Valley
2012 American Wine Society Wine Competition (November 2012)
Silver Medal: 2008 Davenport Cellars "R.H.D.", Columbia Valley
Silver Medal: 2008 Davenport Cellars "Continuity", Columbia Valley
2012 West Coast Wine Competition (November 2012)
Silver Medal: 2011 Davenport Cellars Snowflake, Columbia Valley
Silver Medal: 2008 Davenport Cellars "R.H.D.", Columbia Valley
Silver Medal: 2008 Davenport Cellars "Continuity", Columbia Valley
2012 Indy International Wine Competition (July 2012)
Gold Medal: 2008 Davenport Cellars "R.H.D.", Columbia Valley
Washington Tasting Room Magazine (Summer 2012)
Wine Picks: Seven Hills Vineyard
Our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon was listed as one of a number of wines using Seven Hills Vineyard fruit by writer John Vitale.
This premier vineyard is located just over the border in Oregon, but falls within the Walla Walla AVA boundary. Consisting of 235 acres this vineyard sits between 850 and 1050 feet above sea level. A few of the other wineries using this vineyard's fruit include L'Ecole N 41, Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills, Leonetti and J.M. Cellars.
2012 Seattle Wine Awards (June 2012)
Double Gold Medal: 2008 Davenport Cellars "R.H.D.", Columbia Valley
Category: Red Bordeaux Styles - $20.01-$35.00
Gold Medal: 2008 Davenport Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
Category: Red Bordeaux Styles - $20.01-$35.00
Wine Press Northwest (Winter 2011/2012 Issue)
12th Annual Platinum Judging
Our 2007 Continuity received a Platinum in Wine Press Northwest's 2011 Platinum Judging Competition
Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wine (October 2011)
2010 Davenport Cellars Semillon, Columbia Valley ($19)
Semillon is a highly undervalued white varietal and this one is a fine example, sourced from the Dionysus Vineyard. Brilliant gold colored, it imparts aromas of Bosc pear, Crenshaw melon, lilac, and acacia flowers. The white fruit flavors are crisp and well extracted with touches of minerals, butternut and grapefruit. On the back, emerge a creamy texture (from 7 months sur lie aging) and a toasty oak finish (from 50% new French oak). Altogether it shows plenty of flavor and fine balance. 18.5/20 points.
Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wine (August 2011)
2010 Davenport Cellars "Snowflake" White, Columbia Valley ($16)
This is an attractive blend of 85% Bacchus Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Dionysus Semillon. It offers a fresh nose of granny apple, melon, citrus, lilac and cilantro. The fresh, lively flavors are suggestive of Crenshaw melon and grapefruit, mixed with herbs, melon rind and minerals. The back picks up touches of cream and pineapple on the vivacious crisp finish. 18/20 points.
2008 Davenport Cellars "R.H.D." Red, Columbia Valley ($25)
Composed of 53% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, this is an engaging blend. Deep ruby colored, it offers an intriguing nose of blackberry, plum, rosebuds, anise and pepper. On the palate, the flavors are chewy and generous, with undertones of licorice, Swiss chocolate and mocha. The back picks up notes of roasted berries and toast, followed by moderate acids and tannins on the finish. 18+/20 points.
2008 Davenport Cellars "Continuity" Red, Columbia Valley ($28)
Cabernet Sauvignon dominated (54%, with the balance of the above other varieties), this blend displays a deep ruby color and a classic nose of blackberry, huckleberry, cigar box, dried rose and sage. The dark fruit flavors are saturated and wrapped around a firm core, intermixed with licorice, coffee and silty minerals. The back reveals savory macerated fruits and dried cherries, laid on a chewy tannin finish. 18.5/20 points.
Seattle Magazine (August 2011)
Bottle Rockets: The Top Ten New Washington Wines
Our 2009 Snowflake was listed as one of the top ten new Washington wines by writers Shannon Borg and Leslie Kelly, with Jana Moseley and Carolyn Yuen.
Washington Tasting Room Magazine (Summer 2011)
Wine Picks: 100% Sagemoor Vineyards
Our 2009 Snowflake was listed as one of eight wines using 100% Sagemoor Vineyards fruit by writer John Vitale. Four individual vineyards - Sagemoor, Bacchus, Dionysus and Weinbau - make up what is commonly known as Sagemoor Vineyards. For our Snowflake blend, we source our Sauvignon Blanc from Bacchus and our Semillon from Dionysus.
2011 Seattle Wine Awards (June 2011)
Double Gold Medal: 2007 Davenport Cellars "Continuity", Columbia Valley
Category: Red Bordeaux Styles - $20.01-$35.00
Gold Medal: 2007 Davenport Cellars "R.H.D.", Columbia Valley
Category: Red Bordeaux Styles - $20.01-$35.00
Silver Medal: 2008 Davenport Cellars "R.H.D.", Columbia Valley
Category: Red Bordeaux Styles - $20.01-$35.00
Silver Medal: 2008 Davenport Cellars "Cabernet Sauvignon", Walla Walla
Category: Red Bordeaux Styles - $20.01-$35.00
Bronze Medal: 2008 Davenport Cellars "Continuity", Columbia Valley
Category: Red Bordeaux Styles - $20.01-$35.00
Bronze Medal: 2009 Davenport Cellars "Snowflake", Columbia Valley
Category: White Bordeaux Styles - All Price Ranges
Wine Press Northwest (Dec 9, 2010)
Best of the best in the Great Northwest: Results of our 11th annual Platinum Judging
Our 2007 Continuity received a Double Gold in Wine Press Northwest's 2010 Platinum Judging Competition
Wine Press Northwest Winter 2010 - (Reds)
Davenport Cellars 2007 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $20
Excellent: Jeff Jirka and his tiny operation in Woodinville, Wash., take a blueberry and strawberry jam angle at Syrah via grapes from Kiona (Red Mountain) and long-lived Rosebud on the Wahluke Slope. A hint of blue SweeTart in the midpalate, some smokiness and its sturdy tannin structure will serve it well alongside braised short ribs. (98 cases, 15.1% alc.)
Davenport Cellars 2007 R.H.D., Columbia Valley, $24
Recommended: Merlot (60%) from Kiona on Red Mountain and Walla Walla's Seven Hills and Pepper Bridge makes for an approachable drink that targets tones of black cherry, marionberry, blueberry and cedar shavings, while the structure highlights acidity over tannin. (282 cases, 14.8% alc.)
Davenport Cellars 2007 Continuity, Columbia Valley, $24
Outstanding: Here marks the Davenports' first commercial vintage, and while they own property on Red Mountain, they relied on Kiona Vineyards fruit to create this remarkable blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (39%), Merlot (39%), Cabernet Franc (7%) and Petit Verdot. Flawless aromatics show fruit at its peak with hints of dusty cherry, blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry, while 100% French oak adds exotic tones of cloves and chocolate. There's continuity on the palate in a supremely rich way. Acidity refreshes and allows the boysenberry and chocolate flavors to hang in the finish, alongside licorice and coffee. (198 cases, 14.8% alc.)
Wine Press Northwest Winter 2010 - (Whites)
Davenport Cellars 2009 Snowflake, Columbia Valley, $16
Recommended: Sagemoor Farms' Bacchus and Dionysus blocks combined on the Sauvignon Blanc (75%) and Semillon, and there's an Old World theme to its brisk, dry and quenching style that's not for everyone. Yellow grapefruit, gooseberry, pineapple juice cocktail and pleasing herbal characteristics make this a prime candidate for creamy dishes of chicken or poultry. (105 cases, 14.3% alc.)
Davenport Cellars 2009 Barrel Fermented Semillon, Columbia Valley, $19
Recommended: Expressive fruit from Dionysus Vineyard along the Columbia River and 100% new French oak barrels exudes hints of brown toast, fresh fig, sweet tangerine and Meyer lemon. (56 cases, 15.4% alc.)
Wines Northwest - Wines of the Week (Dec 18, 2010)
More Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends
Nothing says Happy Holidays like a nice bottle of red wine and a hunk of meat seared in the grill pan, oozing juices and begging to be chomped. Grab a Cab and some lamb chops (this week's meat) or a tempting beef tenderloin (I got a great deal recently from Omaha steaks, but watch out for the dry ice packet they ship with the meat, yikes!). Enjoy your family and friends this season and we'll see you before New Year's with some Gewurztraminer selections.
Davenport Cellars 2007 R.H.D., Columbia Valley, $24
Jeff and Sheila Jirka began their winery as a retirement project but now have found success and enjoyment in this nearly full-time job. Their R.H.D. blend uses fruit from Red Mountain (Kiona Vineyards) and the Walla Walla Valley (Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills Vineyards), and is aged in French oak, 50% new. Aromas of earthy cherry, vanilla and floral perfume lead to ripe cherry flavors on the palate with notes of wild herbs, smoky vanilla and coffee. It is a very tasty pairing with lamb.
The Seattle Times (Dec 4, 2010)
Top 100 Washington Wines in 2010
Our 2007 Syrah was ranked 81 in the Top 100 list of Washington Wines by Paul Gregutt.
Wine Enthusiast (December 2010)
2009 Davenport Cellars Snowflake, Columbia Valley ($16)
Editor's Choice.
2009 Davenport Cellars Semillon, Columbia Valley ($19)
Editor's Choice. 90 points.
2007 Davenport Cellars Syrah, Columbia Valley ($20)
Editor's Choice. 91 points.
2007 Davenport Cellars Continuity, Columbia Valley ($24)
90 points.
The Seattle Times (Sep 18, 2010)
Standout Washington wines offer good value
By Paul Gregutt
"Davenport Cellars 2009 Barrel Fermented Semillon ($19). New winery, limited production, gorgeous wine with dense fruit flavors of peaches, apricots, pears and spicy apples."
Wine Advocate (Issue #190)
2009 Davenport Cellars Snowflake, Columbia Valley ($16)
Light straw-colored, it displays an already complex bouquet of bee's wax, floral notes, citrus, minerals, and baking spices. Ripe, savory, and impeccably balanced, this pleasure-bent effort could well evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now. 90 points.
2009 Davenport Cellars Semillon, Columbia Valley ($19)
There is not much Semillon produced in Washington but Davenport Cellars' 2009 Semillon is a solid effort. Medium gold in color, it offers up an enticing nose of minerals, herbs, spring flowers, and baking spices. On the palate it has a good core of fruit, excellent volume, lively acidity, and layered flavors. It has the stuffings to drink well for several more years.
2007 Davenport Cellars R.H.D., Columbia Valley ($24)
The purple-colored 2007 R.H.D., is a blend of 60% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, with the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot sourced from the Kiona, Pepper Bridge, and Seven Hills Vineyards and aged in 50% new French oak. It offers up an attractive nose of pencil lead, Asian spices, herbs, black cherry, and black currant leading to a medium-bodied, moderately structured, tasty wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for 2-3 years. It is an excellent value.
2007 Davenport Cellars Continuity, Columbia Valley ($24)
The 2007 Continuity is made up of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 13% Malbec, with the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot sourced from the Kiona and Seven Hills Vineyards and aged in 87% new barrels. It reveals a perfume of wood smoke, baking spices, lavender, a hint of balsamic, black currant, and blackberry. Already complex on the palate, it sports a velvety texture, spicy flavors, good depth and balance leading to a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Give it 2-3 years to unwind and drink it from 2012 to 2022. It, too, is an excellent value.
Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wine (Sep 2010)
2009 Davenport Cellars Snowflake White, Columbia Valley ($16)
Composed of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon from the Bacchus and Dionysus vineyards, this is a terrific white for the price. It has an attractive pear and melon aromas with hints of straw and fig. The well-fruited (citrus, Crenshaw melon) flavors are fresh and vivacious, with a bit of creamy texture (from the Semillon). The back draws in squeezed juices of white grapes, mandarin orange and grapefruit on a crisp finish. 18/20 points.
2009 Davenport Cellars Semillon, Columbia Valley ($19)
From the Dionysus Vineyard and all barrel-fermented, this is a fine expression of Washington Semillon. It offers a rich nose of pear, melon and a hint of fig, with lilac and buttercup scents. The white fruit flavors are ripe and vivid with waxy pear-like fruit textures on the back extending the sensuous character of the wine all the way to the finish. 18+/20 points.
2010 Rose Revival (June 2010)
Bronze Medal: 2009 Davenport Cellars Semillon, Columbia Valley
Category: White Wine
2010 Seattle Wine Awards (June 2010)
Gold Medal: 2007 Davenport Cellars "Continuity", Columbia Valley
Category: Red Bordeaux Styles - $20.01-$35.00
Silver Medal: 2007 Davenport Cellars "R.H.D.", Columbia Valley
Category: Red Bordeaux Styles - $20.01-$35.00
Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wine (February 2010)
2007 Davenport Cellars "R.H.D." Red, Columbia Valley ($24)
This blend of 60% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot from Red Mountain and the Walla Walla Valley exhibits an attractive raspberry and cherry nose with rose petal and anise scents. The flavors are deft and stylish, expressing bright red fruits. It is medium-bodied yet well weighted, with a bit of toffee, cocoa and coriander on a ripe tannin finish. 18.5/20 points.
2007 Davenport Cellars Continuity Red, Columbia Valley ($24)
This blend consists of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot from the above AVAs. It offers an engaging raspberry, red plum, wild currant and sage nose. Bright fruits are laid upon a well-structured frame, pleasantly mid-weight, with fine extraction and a bit of persimmon and pomegranate on a ripe tannin finish, dusted with nutmeg and coriander. 18.5/20 points.
Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wines Blog (Jan 9, 2010)
Predictions for 2010
Davenport Cellars was named as one of the "Wineries to Watch in 2010"
Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wines Blog (Jan 2, 2010)
Top Wines of 2009
Davenport Cellars' 2007 Syrah was named as one of the "Best Buys for $25 or Less". We were also listed as one of the "Top New Wineries of 2009".
Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wine (October 2009)
2008 Davenport Cellars Snowflake White, Columbia Valley ($17)
This blend of 72% Sauvignon Blanc and 28% Semillon from the Sagemoor vineyard is a striking white. It displays an attractive melon and pear nose with lilac and bunchgrass scents. The direct, natural flavors are unencumbered by malolactic fermentation or oak, with pure white fruit flavors and a hint of passion fruit emerging behind the green apple edge. 18/20 points.
2007 Davenport Cellars Syrah, Columbia Valley ($20)
This is a terrific Syrah for the price. It offers a rich, smoky cherry and boysenberry nose with scents of roasted spices and berries. The dark fruit flavors are full-bore and direct, Aussie-like, yet expand out on the back palate with notes of cranberry juice, white pepper, clove, nutmeg and minerals. 18+/20 points.