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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 14 
ProducerOwen Roe (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationRed Wine
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationYakima Valley
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2013 (based on 16 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Owen Roe Red Yakima Valley on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.8 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 97 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by ldehayr on 5/6/2015 & rated 89 points: Well balanced wine. I believe it still would have continued to improve. (229 views)
 Tasted by guitarguy on 1/21/2015 & rated 90 points: Definitely old-worldish, nose of oak and deep, blueberry. Flavors are a bit lean, with steely, smoky blueberry and brown sugar notes. Good not great, drink 1-3 years. (409 views)
 Tasted by VinLancaster on 10/5/2013: Pretty on the nose with white pepper, cranberry, baking spices, cherry, plum leather and earth to wrap it up. Forward cherry, black pepper flavors with fine grained tannins. Difficult to put the glass down, this is in a prime drinking spot now. Amazing balance and refinement. (1150 views)
 Tasted by thebonnydooner on 3/3/2013 & rated 91 points: Dark in colour, slight bricking at the rim. Nose is soft yet intense, lots of red and blackcherry. Complex and interesting on the palate, soft, juicy tannins and fresh soft acidity. Mellow with chocolate hints to the red and blackcherry fruit, delicious with a long lasting length of flavour. Awesome. (2137 views)
 Tasted by kanab ram on 2/10/2013: Popped and poured. Bright red and black candied fruit. Round and plush mouthfeel and ever lasting finish. Intoxicating. One of those Wow! wines and saddened it's my last bottle. Drinking superb now with many years left. (2035 views)
 Tasted by dala4 on 1/9/2013 & rated 93 points: Drank this for Christmas eve dinner and loved it. We should have let the bottle warm a bit more (cellar was a bit chilly). Soft and full fruits with blackberry and black pepper. No bitterness of tannins and very drinkable now. (2013 views)
 Tasted by VinLancaster on 9/4/2012 & rated 91 points: This wine makes me depressed for the fact that I am now down to my last bottle. But I digress:
Brambleberry, saline, spiced plum, rhubarb, ripe red fruit and dusted cocoa scents are abound. Some age on this wine revealed brandied cherry flavors with ribbons of dark chocolate, chewy red fruits, loam and crushed rock. A lingering finish with plenty of graphite notes complete this polished wine. (2263 views)
 Tasted by MoreWinePlease on 8/20/2012 & rated 91 points: Tasting some of my "older" Owen Roe's to see how they're holding up in comparison to CA cabs of same/similar vintage. Well, enough...good fruit, abundant smooth tannins, integrated wood and a fairly good finish. The nose has become somewhat subdued. Still, I'm partial to Owen Roe wines so I may have given this an extra point but not many CA would outshine it, dollar for dollar, vintage for vintage. Many of the Cali wines are softer, more opulent and for their style can be quite enjoyable, whereas the higher acids, brighter fruits can stand out in some of the WA offerings. But with the CA offerings that I've enjoyed in past it's becoming a more costly indulgence, even with all the discounted offerings via internet or wine shop. (1862 views)
 Tasted by blabbott on 7/19/2012 & rated 91 points: Still tasting great! (602 views)
 Tasted by Harddriv on 5/27/2012 & rated 90 points: Terrific blend , well integrated and nice texture. (1051 views)
 Tasted by vinoceros on 3/17/2012 & rated 91 points: A really nicely put together wine. Dark fruits, fine, well integrated tannins, spice and floral notes. The finish was went on and on. The only real downside was a little bit of lavender at the back of the palate that had a soapy note. But it was easy to overlook with so many other positives. (1197 views)
 Tasted by Triplet on 2/26/2012 & rated 93 points: Sad day. This was my last bottle of one of my favorite wines. This did not dissapoint. Beautifully balanced, blackberry, blue fruit intertwined with a little mineral and a great soft mouthfeel. Love the way this wine has fully integrated all of the flavor with a great finish. (1260 views)
 Tasted by tantotinto on 1/17/2012 & rated 91 points: Consistent with prior note and our last bottle of this gem. (1323 views)
 Tasted by djpo on 1/5/2012 & rated 93 points: Great balance of cab franc, cab sauv and with merlot's round smooth characteristics. Plush, velvety mouthfeel with plum, cherries, sassifras. Excellent finish. (1397 views)
 Tasted by tantotinto on 12/15/2011 flawed bottle: Flawed. (1505 views)
 Tasted by tantotinto on 12/15/2011 & rated 91 points: Consistent with earlier notes. Outstanding. (1542 views)
 Tasted by VinLancaster on 12/3/2011 & rated 92 points: Still as graceful, flavorful and aromatic as all prior bottles. Continues to soar, has a lot of life left. (965 views)
 Tasted by RPerro on 10/30/2011 & rated 90 points: Splash decanted, due to crumbled cork requiring straining. Nose of oak and earth, with black cherry fruit. Surprised how much oak I'm getting off this wine, as I do not recall it from any previous tastings. On the palate, sweet vanilla oak, some cherry fruit, and a lot of earthiness. Finishes a bit tart and overly acidic, Not sure what to think about this bottle...a bit disappointing to be honest, compared to previous bottles and the high hopes I had for this bottle. Perhaps some bottle variation, as noted by a previous taster? (1780 views)
 Tasted by tantotinto on 9/27/2011 & rated 91 points: Consistent with previous note. Still in prime form. (1729 views)
 Tasted by tantotinto on 8/25/2011 & rated 91 points: Consistent with previous note. (1768 views)
 Tasted by tantotinto on 7/25/2011 & rated 91 points: We opened a bottle of this wine last week that seemed to be past its prime. Apparently it was just an off bottle. This one is back on track and consistent with our January note. It is very good. That said, I don't see this getting better with time so might as well drink 'em now if you got 'em. (1851 views)
 Tasted by tantotinto on 7/21/2011 & rated 88 points: This wine has been consistently good but for some reason this bottle is less so. The fruit is a bit thinner and there is a slight bitter note in the finish. Still okay but not up to previous iterations. We have six left so hopefully it is just bottle variation. (1829 views)
 Tasted by Triplet on 7/21/2011 & rated 93 points: 1 hour decant and this wine was singing. Beautiful soft nose of plums, violets and some earthy mineral notes. On the palate this wine is fuil bodied, nice mouthfeel a tiny bit of grip, nice complexity and great finish. (1912 views)
 Tasted by Don and Pam on 5/28/2011 & rated 93 points: very good start. smooth with every sip and a long finish (2117 views)
 Tasted by blabbott on 4/27/2011 & rated 91 points: Oh,'my this is good. Lots of cherry and blackberry flavors, nice tannins and a long finish. Can't imagine this will get any better than it is right now...it is pretty perfect. This is a big wine, it would hold it's own against almost any rich food...this is just yummy. (757 views)
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Owen Roe

Producer website

With vineyards throughout the Pacific Northwest, Owen Roe, named after a 17th century Irish patriot who dedicated his life to political equality and freedom, is owned and run by Jerry Owen and David O'Reilly (winemaker). Their aim is to source only the very best fruit from top sites in Oregon and Washington, handle it gently in the winery, and produce wines of superior balance and quality.

2005 Owen Roe Red Wine Yakima Valley

From website: 2005 Yakima Valley Red Wine
A blend of 37.9% Merlot, 20.7% Cabernet Franc, and 41.4% Cabernet Sauvignon.
//DuBrul Vineyard//, //Red Willow Vineyard//, and //Slide Mountain Vineyard// from the cooler, western end of the Yakima Valley have provided the Merlot and Cabernet Franc fruit in this wine. The warmer //Elerding Vineyard// farther east gave us the tasty and ripe Cabernet Sauvignon. The Yakima Valley Red Wine is designed to showcase that a world-class Merlot and Cabernet Franc based Bordeaux blend can be obtained from this remarkable growing area.
This is our signature wine. It speaks to our commitment to produce the best wines from the best grape varieties in each appellation, in this case - the bright berry flavor of the Merlot and fragrant notes of the Cabernet Franc are wonderfully framed with the structure and acidity of the Cabernet Sauvignon. All in all, this is a marvelously complex Bordeaux-styled red blend.

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Yakima Valley

Wine Yakima Valley

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