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February 8, 2018 | Brian Carter Cellars

February 2018 Newsletter

Love is in the Air at Brian Carter Cellars


All you need is Love
… and Wine
… and Chocolate!

Chocolate and port-style wine have always made the perfect pair (almost as perfect as the pairing of you and your lover!). Not to worry because this year we’ve made it easy for you with our Valentine Special.

One bottle of our 375ml Opulento
and a box of Wellington Opulento Chocolates.

Retail: $29
Sale: $22 (25% off retail)

Brian Carter Cellars Opulento is a deep impenetrable garnet color, aromas of raspberry, cherry and chocolate with hints of almond and orange peel. On the palate this wine has opulent flavors of chocolate and berry fruits with a perfectly balanced and satisfyingly sweet finish.

Paired with your favorite Wellington dark chocolates infused with the same decadent wine.


Valid while supplies last. Additional discounts do not apply. Sale valid through: February 28, 2018


Winery News


Pacific Northwest Wine Press Platinum Awards

Excerpt from Wine Press Northwest Article by
Eric Degerman, Ellen Landis and Ken Robertson


This year Brian Carter Cellars, moved up on the Platinum’s all-time tote board with six awards and doing so in extraordinary fashion. Perhaps the region’s most decorated when it comes to proprietary blends, Brian Carter Cellars earned a total of five platinum awards and one double platinum this year.  Brian’s Petit Verdot-based 2013 Trentenaire earned Double Platinum while the 2007 received a Platinum. He also continued his stellar work with his Byzance. The 2013 vintage marked the fourth time in the past six years he’s earned a Platinum for this Southern Rhone-style blend based on Grenache.

Double Platinum • 2013 Trentenaire Red Wine, Yakima Valley • Few winemakers would attempt to create a Bordeaux-style red wine using Petit Verdot (62%) as the foundation, but master blender Brian Carter shows the way with this wine that references, in French, the Oregon native’s three decades as a winemaker in Washington. StoneTree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope contributes much of the five-variety Bordeaux blend, which offers violets and dark fruit on the nose. The palate, rich in flavor with black raspberry, licorice and Montmorency cherry, includes a touch of herbs and a thread of minerality. It’s complex and remarkably balanced through the cocoa-dusted finish.

Platinum • 2013 Byzance Red Wine, Columbia Valley • Inspired by Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Brian Carter’s winning formula of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre from Boushey, Lonesome Springs, Stillwater Creek and StoneTree also includes Counoise and Cinsault. Alluring signs of barrel influence include caramel and mocha that allow for a rush of cherry and raspberry that’s finished by a pinch of sweet dill, toasted walnut and clove.

Platinum • 2016 Abracadabra Rosé, Columbia Valley • Master blender Brian Carter takes a winning, albeit unusual, approach by weaving five varieties that do well on their own as rosé - Sangiovese, Grenache, Syrah, Malbec, Cinsault. He used it to top a field of 122 entries for our spring rosé tasting, and it continues to sing using a crisp approach with cranberry, Rainier cherry, melon and orange slices.

Platinum • 2012 Solesce Red Wine, Columbia Valley • It is fitting that Brian Carter’s Left Bank-inspired blend, which he names for a Latin reference to “sun and essence” features Cabernet Sauvignon from Klipsun Vineyard on Red Mountain. Berries and spice on the nose turn juicy with cassis and dark plum flavors as tobacco walks among nicely understated oak and subtle tannins.

Platinum • 2007 Le Coursier Red Wine, Columbia Valley • It was two years in barrel and two more in the bottle before Brian Carter first released this Bordeaux-style blend that leads with Merlot from Solstice (planted in 1980) and StoneTree vineyards. The blue and black fruit aroma leads to a spice-enhanced entry. Flavors of dusty dark plum, sweet tobacco, blueberry compote and sweet and savory notes are carried by a silky texture to a long, oak-kissed finish.

Platinum • 2007 Trentenaire Red Wine, Columbia Valley • A decade beyond its birth, Brian Carter’s blend of Petit Verdot continues to mature majestically. Brooding aromas open to a powerhouse of flavors — blackberry, plum, black cherry — and focused graphite elements then meld with a touch of herbs. It’s muscular and rich from first whiff to final drop.

Check out the full article for a full list of all the winners and see how a platinum is awarded.  Click Here


Winter Wine Club Release Party

Thursday, February 22nd or
Friday, February 23rd

Featuring music performed by Sheri Greimes
Food will be provided by Swift and Savory


This will be the first opportunity for Red Wine Lovers to pick-up your 2018 Winter Release, with three of our most exquisite wines.


2013 Byzance
The ripeness of the 2013 vintage expresses everything I want to get from this wine: a complex nose of bright red cherries, tar, white pepper and the garigue spice that you get walking the fields of Provence.  The wine explodes in your mouth with lots of bright fruit and finishes with a long slightly earthy mineral note.  Great balance and a hint of tannin make this wine a great match for a wide range of foods. My favorite would be a medium rare duck breast with cherry sauce.  Grenache (53%), Syrah (22%), Mourvedre (17%), Counoise (5%), and Cinsault (3%)

2013 Le Coursier
The wine has a beautiful garnet hue with a generous nose of wild blackberries, ripe Bing cherries and Damson plums with touches of oak and licorice spice. On the palate you taste a mouth full of complex ripe flavors with well-integrated tannins, age-worthy balance and a lengthy finish. Enjoy with flank steak marinated in red wine, garlic and soy sauce then grilled to perfection.  Merlot (54%), Cabernet Sauvignon (22%), Cabernet Franc (14%), Malbec (6%), and Petit Verdot (4%).

2014 Corrida
A beautiful garnet color, the wine greets you with bright aromas of black cherry, toasted cedar, pomegranate and black pepper with hints of baking spices.  On the palate, the ripeness of the vintage shows through with expansive fruit balanced with pleasing old-world acidity.  The wine lingers nicely in the mouth finishing with the presence of fine tannins.  Enjoy this wine with grilled meats such as perfectly cooked rack of lamb and grilled vegetables. Tempranillo (66%), Graciano (18%), Garnacha (10%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (6%)


Byzance Special
Sale ends February 15th


European Style blended wines are Brian Carter’s passion. No wine and no region has inspired him more than Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The terroir of Washington expresses itself with an identity truly reminiscent of the Southern Rhone.

Experience the region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape yourself with our 2012 Byzance, with its complex nose of bright red cherries, tar, white pepper and the garigue spice it will transport you to the fields of Provence.

Save up to 35% off when you purchase a full case of Brian Carter Cellars 2012 Byzance, one of our most highly decorated wines.


Call for special Wine Club pricing: 425.806.9463

Valid while supplies last. Additional discounts do not apply. Sale valid through: February 25, 2018

Brian Carter Cellars Calendar


Spring Barrel Tasting at Brian Carter Cellars Winery
March 31, 2018 

Brian Carter Cellars Winery (14030 NE 145th Street, Woodinville, WA)
Taste the future releases straight from the barrel. Like eating cherries from the tree, our Spring Barrel Tasting offers the ability to enjoy a taste something right from the source. This is your opportunity to taste the 2017 wines before they are blended, as well as get a glimpse of the 2016 blends.

Stay tuned for ticket information coming soon.


Summer Music on the Patio – Friday, June 8th   4-6pm
Sip a glass of wine and enjoy the view from the patio as you take in the sounds of Gina Belliveau at Brian Carter Cellars Tasting Room.

Gina Belliveau is a Tacoma-based musician who plays looped, percussive acoustic folk with an Achilles heel for ridiculous pop cover tunes. Her ever expanding repertoire runs the gamut from Billie Holiday to Billie Jean.


Summer Music on the Patio – Friday, July 13th   4-6pm
Sip a glass of wine and enjoy the view from the patio as you taken in the sounds of David Flett at Brian Carter Cellars Tasting Room.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist David Flett plays solo acoustic originals and covers that captivate audiences with a deft hand and an open heart.


Brian Carter Cellars Tasting Room
14419 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE | Woodinville, WA 98072 | 425.806.9463
Open 12-5pm, daily | Last tasting begins at 4:30pm |

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