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The Latest News at Hightower

Hightower Cellars is open 11-5pm for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday!

Join us to stock up for Christmas with our case sales, find the perfect pairing or gift, and taste our new Library Flight! 🍷🍷🍷

Three bottles of wine in a custom branded Hightower Cellars wooden wine box.

Looking for wine to bring to Thanksgiving Dinner? Come taste at Thanksgiving In Wine Country at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center today! You’ll find Hightower Cellars and other Wine Yakima Valley wineries ready to help you find the perfect pairing for all of your holiday meals. 🍷🍗🥧🍷

We're also here for you at our tasting room on Red Mountain, Thursday-Monday from 11-5pm.

Photo of an evening dinner party. Group raising their glasses to toast at a dinner table.

We were so happy to host our wine club members and their guests at our Out-Of-Line Vineyard Party, celebrating the end of summer and beginning of harvest season! Thank you to everyone who came out, we thoroughly enjoyed your company and couldn't have asked for better evening to share with you.

Now, on to Harvest 2019!

Wine club members and their guests sit at a white table on a green lawn with grape vines and the Yakima Valley in the background. A table with wine glasses and a partial bottle of 2016 Hightower Cellars Merlot is lit from behind by the sunset.. Several bright blue and purple grape clusters are visible between the leaves of a Cabernet Sauvignon vine. Five people stand together smiling, each holding a glass of 2018 Murray Rosé. String lights and candlelight illuminate an open bottle of 2014 Hightower Pepper Bridge Merlot and several glasses on a white table.

This month, we are proud to launch the 2015 vintage of our Hightower Red Mountain Estate wine! This blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot, 17% Malbec, and 16% Cabernet Franc is a beautiful wine with lush mouthfeel, ripe, dark fruit flavors, and a smooth finish. Having already been scored 90 points by the International Wine Review, we're looking forward to sharing this vintage with you next time you come visit!

The 2015 Hightower Red Mountain Estate is available now in the tasting room or in our online store. Cheers!

And just like that, the 2015 Murray Syrah is SOLD OUT. Please join us in welcoming our 2016 Murray Syrah to the tasting room lineup; come taste our newest vintage release today!

Didn't know we have two brands? The Murray brand was launched in 2006 to allow us to use all of the wine we make that doesn't end up in a Hightower blend. At first there was just the Murray Cuvée (now called Murray Red Wine), then we added the Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon wines to the portfolio. These wines are made with the same gentle techniques and from the same high quality fruit as our Hightower brand, the only differences are in the more diverse flavor profiles and more efficient packaging. Give Murray wines a try next time you see them!

A bottle of 2016 Murray Syrah, Hightower Cellars logo boxes in the background.

The results from the April tasting at JamesSuckling.com are in, and we're excited to say that our 2015 Hightower Red Mountain Reserve earned 93pts, 2015 Hightower Cabernet Sauvignon earned 91pts, and our 2015 Hightower Merlot earned 90pts! The full reviews are hosted HERE, and we have included the text below.

2015 Hightower Reserve: "There’s a sense of polish and depth here with ripe dark cherries and chocolate on the nose. The palate is smoothly arranged in a long, fresh style that offers a wealth of potential. A blend of 86% cabernet sauvignon and 14% malbec. Drink or hold." 93pts

2015 Hightower Cabernet Sauvignon: "A very ripe and somewhat earthy nose with rich dark-berry and plum-cake aromas that lead to a cassis-flavored palate that has long, succulent fruit presence. A blend of 85% cabernet sauvignon 8% malbec and 7% cabernet franc. Drink in the next six years." 91pts

2015 Hightower Merlot: "A brambly array of redcurrants, cassis and poached red plums, laced with herbal, sappy notes. The palate has a smooth array of fine, supple tannins that are riper through the finish. 91% merlot and 9% cabernet sauvignon. Drink in the next five years." 90 pts

Don't already have these wines at home? We've got you covered! All three of these wines are available to taste and purchase at the tasting room.

James Suckling website logo above two Hightower brand wine bottles.

The Vino-Sphere blog just published a wonderful review of their recent visit to Red Mountain and spoke highly of our wines here at Hightower Cellars! We really enjoyed hosting them at the winery and are glad they enjoyed our wines. Our favorite mention from the post:

"The 2015 Red Mountain Reserve is made with the best barrels from the vintage. It is unfiltered and unfined and gets aging in mostly new oak. The Reserve has 14% Malbec, which adds refinement to the concentrated flavors of the Red Mountain Cab. It has swirls of black currant, wild cherry, cocoa and oak. At $55, this was one of the top wines tasted during our recent tour of Washington."

- Dave Nershi, CSW

The Murray Rosé, Murray Cabernet Sauvignon, and Hightower Merlot were also favorably mentioned. Our neighbors at Kiona got a great feature about their Lemberger and Chenin Blanc, as well, which are a significant part of the history of Red Mountain as a wine growing region.

Cheers!

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The 2019 Paella Party was a great success, pairing delicious food and wine with good conversation and gorgeous weather! Wine club members from across the state joined us, inlcuding some who "dropped by" on their way home from vacation in Ashland, OR. (Whats 8 or 9 hours when paella is involved?) Chefs Frank and Tricia Magaña put together a fantastic meal, from the robust paella all the way down to the bite-sized chocolate and honey brittle dessert. Join us next year for your chance at tasting their work!

Sunset with party guests on the lawn in the foreground. View of new leaf growth on the Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the estate vineyard. Tim and Kelly Hightower posing with a large pan full of paella. Chef Magaña works on one of the pans of paella on the lawn. Evening sun with party guests toasting with Tim and Kelly Hightower in the foreground.

Jeb Dunnuck recently reviewed several Hightower Wines and we are thrilled to announce that both the 2015 Hightower Reserve and 2014 Hightower Estate wines received 90 point ratings! Our 2015 Hightower Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Hightower Merlot, and 2015 Murray Syrah were also reviewed, head to our Acclaim section to see what he loved about them!

The 2018 vintage of Murray Rosé was released in style with friends old and new! The cherry trees blossomed just in time to give us appropriately colored decor, and the weather allowed us to sip wine on the patio.

Join us at the winery to taste the 2018 Murray Rosé, or purchase it online now!

The March 2019 issue of The International Wine Review is titled "The Wines of Washington State Revisited" and featured wonderful coverage of our collective progress as an industry since the last Washington-focused issue in 2013. In this issue, Hightower Cellars was named as one of the top Cabernet Sauvignon producers! We are proud to be among such esteemed company as Force Majeure, DeLille Cellars, and Leonetti Cellars.

We also received 90+ reviews on four wines from our 2015 vintage!

  • Hightower Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain 91
  • Hightower Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Red Mountain 92
  • Hightower Cellars 2015 Estate Red Red Mountain 90
  • Hightower Cellars 2015 Syrah Murray Vineyard Red Mountain 91

Wine Club members are receiving our 2015 Reserve and 2015 Cab Sauvignon in their Spring shipments and the 2015 Estate will be released later this year.

Our first ever End of Summer Barbecue was a big success! With Porter's Real Barbecue, the Skyler Mendell Quartet, a beautiful summer sunset, and plenty of wine, we couldn't have asked for a better Labor Day weekend party. Thank you to everyone who came out to the winery and helped celebrate the end of summer with us!

A Hightower Cellars Wine Club member smiles broadly and waves at the camera during the 2018 Wine Club Party. He is holding a plate of barbecue with a sunlit garden in the background. Hightower wine bottles on table with white tablecloth, guests with full wine glasses in the background.

Reviewing our newest release, The Wine Advocate wrote, "Revealing aromas of dark fruit, pungent cracked pepper, and black olive, the 2015 Murray Syrah is supple, juicy, and medium-bodied, with considerable flavor and character."

Internationally acclaimed wine critic James Suckling recently conducted a tasting of Washington State wines, including 5 Hightower and 1 Murray wine. He seems to have liked what he saw (or rather, tasted):

  • 2014 Hightower Reserve 93 Points
  • 2015 Hightower Petit Verdot 92 Points
  • 2015 Hightower Malbec 90 Points
  • 2014 Hightower Cab Sauv 91 Points

The four wines above were recent wine club releases. We are sold out of the Reserve and the Malbec, but do have some Cabernet and a couple cases of the Petit Verdot left.

Both our 2014 Hightower Cabernet Sauvignon and 2015 Murray Cabernet Sauvignon won gold medals in the 2018 Cascadia International Wine Competition, with our Hightower Cab Sauv winning a double gold! Thank you to Great Northwest Wine! For more information about the competition, go to greatnorthwestwine.com.

Our 2014 Hightower Cabernet Sauvignon took a Double Gold at 2018 Seattle Wine Awards in April! The 2014 Murray Cuvée and 2015 Murray Cabernet Sauvignon took Golds as well. For more information about the Seattle Wine Awards, go to seattlewineawards.tastenw.com.

We've released our 2017 Murray Rosé! Thank you so much to everyone who helped us celebrate this Saturday!

And what a great idea it was! Here we are, celebrating 20 years! The winery is almost old enough to drink!