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ProducerFall Line Winery (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationRed Wine
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2013 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 5 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by mattlennert on 11/7/2013 & rated 90 points: Properly cellared. This wine showed much better on day two than it did on day one. In fact, it was a completely different and far better experience. The muted fruits gave way to spice and floral notes and was heavily dominated by the spice of the Cab Franc. Patience has rewarded on this wine. A terrific job by the winemaker given that 2004 was the frost year in WA. (537 views)
 Tasted by tarheel17 on 12/8/2009 flawed bottle: I am on a roll here with corked wines. (1668 views)
 Tasted by greenblanket on 11/23/2008: Once again I find this wine to carry an elegant balance between ripe Washington fruit and fine tannin and acidity. The handsome boysenberry and currant fruit is becoming more and more accented by spice and herb. For this Teletubby's money Tim Sorenson is one of the most talented (and affordable) producers of Bordeaux blends in Washington. (1816 views)
 Tasted by GA_Seattle on 8/23/2008 & rated 88 points: Vanilla and spice aromas offset by smokiness. Nice wine with rich red fruits and plush mouthfeel. Approachable now, but probably will not peak for at least two years. Plenty of acidity to last for awhile. (1376 views)
 Tasted by greenblanket on 5/18/2008: This took awhile to fully develop and was at its best on day two. It offered up a lovely nose with red fruit, spice, floral notes and wonderful herbs with just a hint of sweet tobacco. Seemingly light when first opened this wine deepened considerably over two days ending up with current and boysenberry flavors riding on sweet fine tannin. This wine maker has a distinctive touch in making elegant almost feminine wines that make tremendous use of Washington State Cab Franc. Outstanding (1878 views)

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Fall Line Winery

Producer website

Fall Line Winery is owned and operated by winemaker Tim Sorenson and his wife, Nancy Rivenburgh. Nancy is a professor of communications. Now retired from his 'day job' as an economics professor, Tim has been professionally involved with wine for many years.

Tim's romance with wine advanced in earnest in summer 2000 when he completed Introduction to Winemaking, given by the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California-Davis. In May 2001, Tim joined the staff of a specialty wine shop in the heart of downtown Seattle. There part-time for more than three years, he tasted and studied his way to a more intimate familiarity with the world of wine, and he became acquainted with esteemed local winemakers, including Benjamin Smith of Cadence Winery.

In fall 2002, Tim embarked on what was to become a two-year 'vinternship' with Cadence Winery. From the beginning, Ben welcomed Tim's involvement in every aspect of winemaking—from making trips to the vineyards to inspect vines and sample the fruit to running analytical tests on juice and wine samples, crushing, pressing, racking, bottling, and all the other attendant activities of winemaking.

For as long as he has been enjoying wine, Tim has had a tremendous appreciation for its artistic and cultural aspects. He is especially intrigued, though, by its science. Since completing the Davis course, Tim has amassed a significant collection of texts and other references on viticulture, enology, and the world of wine—which he continues to actively study. And as time allows, he attends professional seminars, conferences and trade shows to stay abreast of the very latest in the industry.

Tim and Nancy founded Fall Line Winery, LLC, in June 2003. The winery was licensed and bonded in summer 2004, when it moved into its present location in the eclectic South Seattle neighborhood of Georgetown.

In perhaps its most common usage, 'fall line' refers to the natural line of descent on a slope. For Tim and Nancy, both avid skiers since early childhood, 'fall line' evokes the image of a perfectly balanced skier, gracefully descending a slope of deep, fluffy powder—leaving behind a beautifully carved swoosh. It's what they aspire to on the slopes...and what they instill in their wines: Balance. Grace. Depth.

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.

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