2009 McKinley Springs “Bombing Range Red” Horse Heaven Hills Washington Red Blend

McKinley Springs Red

This winery has been flying under our radar and we need to broadcast their presence loud and clear. I am really not one for being influenced by label art but this one will catch your eye and then when you hear the story it brings you in. Read the back label and you’ll know what I mean. Once you taste the wine, you too will be a fan if you like big smooth well-balanced soulful wines that express to impress.

With the blend of well-grown, high pedigree Horse Heaven Hills fruit, this wine delivers deliciousness on a large scale. The blend consists of 52% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and 4% Petite Verdot. All the forward fruit aromas mingle with freshly ground coffee smells you would expect waft from your glass when this wine is poured. The flavor train starts rolling with marionberry, dried cherry swirled with a bit of mocha. It will certainly tame slowly smoked dry rubbed ribs, brisket, links or shoulder, the classic BBQ staples. This wine is cleared for takeoff and MacDaddy approved.

Rating: Very Good (88) | $12 | 14.6% ABV

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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. Janice May 3, 2012 at 8:42 PM - Reply

    A reasonable red at a price I can afford!

    • enobytes May 7, 2012 at 9:48 PM - Reply

      Indeed, its quite a find!

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