Milbrandt Vineyards: New Releases from Washington State

Milbrandt Vineyards was founded in 1997 by brothers Butch and Jerry Milbrandt. Today, Butch owns the Milbrandt Vineyards brand  while Jerry owns  the vineyards which total nearly 4,000 acres across 23 vineyard sites within the Wahluke Slope and Ancient Lakes AVAs of the Columbia Valley.   Over 20 French, German, Italian, and Spanish varietals are grown. Canadian Kendall Mix is the  current winemaker. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in microbiology before studying viticulture and enology at UC Davis.  Previously he worked for Butch Milbrandt ,

Butch Milbrandt

Chateau Ste. Michelle and Goose Ridge Vineyards.  The winery produces red blends, red and white single varietal wines and rosé across a variety of price points. The quality of these new releases is excellent with many enjoyable wines offered at reasonable prices.

Tasting Notes

Milbrandt 2020 Pinot Grigio Ancient Lakes of the Columbia Valley ($16) 90+ The 2020 Pinot Grigio is an easy drinking wine offering floral aromas with hints of citrus. It is crisp on the palate showing excellent acidity and has a vibrant finish.

Milbrandt 2020 Chardonnay Columbia Valley ($18) 91 The 2020 Chardonnay offers attractive aromas of orchard fruit and green citrus. Medium-bodied, it is crisp and elegant on the palate with attractive orchard fruit (apple and pear) flavors, excellent balance and a lively finish.

Milbrandt 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley ($18) 90+ The 2019 Colombia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon displays aromas of ripe black currant and plum on the nose with hints of coffee and toast. Aged 20 months in stainless steel and in barrel, it exhibits good concentration of blackberries and spice, firm tannins and a moderate finish. Showing somewhat better than the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope at this stage of development.

Milbrandt 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon The Estates Wahluke Slope ($) 89 The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estates is sourced from the Ravens Cliff and Northridge Vineyards. It offers aromas of black currant and plum with hints of spices and chocolate. Aged 16 months in barrel, it is medium-bodied with a slightly dry mid-palate, firm tannins and a grippy finish.

Milbrandt 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Northridge Vineyard Wahluke Slope ($42) 90  The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Northridge Vineyard is part of Miibrandt’s  single vineyard series. A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 5% Malbec, it offers rich aromas of ripe black currant fruit with hints of black cherry and herbs. It is medium-bodied with moderate concentration of black currants and dark cherry flavors. The tannins need some time to soften a grippy finish.

Milbrandt 2019 Merlot Columbia Valley ($18) 91 The 2019 Family Merlot offers aromas of red berry fruit with small scents of pomegranate and ripe raspberries. A blend of 85% Merlot with additions of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, it reveals pleasant purity of fruit and good concentration. of red fruit flavors. It spent 20 months in stainless steel and 16 months in barrels.

Milbrandt 2018 Sentinel Wahluke Slope ($55) 92  The 2018 Sentinel is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec, 9% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. Sourced from the Northridge, Clifton and Ravenscliff vineyards, it offers aromas of ripe and juicy black and red berry fruit with hints of toasted oak. It is nicely concentrated on the palate revealing flavors of black cherry and chocolate. It is a wine of considerable complexity with good tannic grip and a clean persistent finish. Although high in alcohol (15% ABV), it is well integrated.

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