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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Desert Wind Ruah 2004
Desert Wind Ruah 2004
(search item no. 89895)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Crafted from fruit grown in the Columbia Valley of Washington, the 2004 Desert Wind Ruah is an affirmation of eastern Washington's viticultural prowess. This full bodied, Bordeaux-inspired blend is enveloped in a lush core of concentrated blackberry fruit with a hint of anise on the palate.

"Polished, round and beautifully open in texture, with perfumed raspberry, currant and cedar flavors that keep singing through the well-tuned finish. Has grace and style. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2012."
-Wine Spectator

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About Desert Wind:

The concept to create this brand began with the idea to create a blended red wine. The intent was to make a Bordeaux-like blend using Washington fruit, this objective in turn led to the creation of Desert Wind. Desert Wind was first the name of the vineyard site. It had come about simply enough, coined by Jo Ann Fries; it implied the climate in eastern Washington where the vineyard was planted. Desert Wind came to be synonymous with the superior wines it was capable of producing and thus was translated into the winery name. The theory behind Desert Wind is small lots of fruit, longer barrel aging techniques and something that is created to be very unique and personal.