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Taptiel is right next door with a beautiful winery building where the windows reflect the spectacular surrounding view. A very appealing exterior leads to a typical tasting room inside. This year we were not taken with any Tapteil wines. Two years ago, we liked the 2002 Cabernet which was a tight, fairly hard , upright sort of Cab. It would be interesting to see how Taptiel Cabernet ages. We found Ben Smith's Taptiel Cab, which he made at Cadence, to be the firmest , hardest wine in his portfolio. too. Maybe these are agers for Ryan's cellar.
In the interest of time, we had to skip the Hedges chateau, though we know they make good wines that are readily available in supermarkets and wine shops. We skipped Kiona, too, but, having tasted some of their award winners at the Northwest Wine Festival, we know that their covey of wines is quite good, especially the Lemberger. Sandhill wines were just as good as usual.