' Desert Wind Winery - Ruah

Ruah

2015 Ruah

Gold Medal - 2017 Seattle Wine Awards
Wine of the Week & Outstanding! rating - Great Northwest Wine, September 5, 2017
Broze Medal - 2017 Los Angeles International Wine Awards

2014 Ruah

Gold Medal - 2016 Seattle Wine Awards
Silver Medal - 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

2013 Ruah

Gold Medal - 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2015 Grand Harvest Awards
Bronze Medal - 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

"Wines of the Week" Pick - Northwest Wines
"This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is named for a Hebrew word meaning “breath” or “spirit.” Winemaker Greg Fries crafts the wine from grapes grown at the Fries’ Desert Wind estate vineyard on the Wahluke Slope in Washington State.  Aromas and flavors of blackberry and cherry mingle with notes of earthy spice, toffee, cocoa and toasty vanilla. "

2011 Ruah

92 points / Publisher's Pick - The Tasting Panel, March 2014
"The Hebrew word ruah means "breath" or "spirit" and surely Doug Fries and his son Greg give life to this wine off the 500 acres of dry desert vineyards they farm on Washington State's Wahluke Slope/ This Bordeaux blend of 45% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cab Franc shows off its dry, dusty coffee bean tannins, smoky cedar and ripe black fruit--but through all this, the juiciness eeks out, enlightening the mid-palate. There's a textural leanness to this structured body--powdered with cocoa and tight with stone fruit pits to prove a real age-worthiness."

88 points - Wine Spectator, July 31, 2014 issue
“Smooth and supple, this is deftly balanced, showing cherry and black tea flavors, lingering on the refined finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2016.”

87 points - Wine Advocate, Issue #213 (June 2014)
The 2011 Ruah is a blend of 45% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc. It’s juicy and fresh, with plenty of red and black fruits, spice, cedar box and dried herb-like aromas and flavors, medium-body and racy, it not slightly too much, acidity. Nevertheless, it’s enjoyable and a solid drink, although it won’t make old bones.”

Double Gold Medal - 2014 Seattle Wine Awards
Silver Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2014 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2014 Great Northwest Wine Awards

Bronze Medal - 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2014 Grand Harvest Awards


2010 Ruah

Gold Medal / Best in Class 2013 International Wine Channel TV Awards
Gold Medal - 2013 Wine Press Northwest Platinum Awards
Gold Medal - 2013 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2013 Seattle Wine Awards
Silver Medal - 2013 Northwest Wine Summit
Bronze Medal - 2013 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition

Bronze Medal - 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2013 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition

2009 Ruah

89 points - Wine Spectator, August 31, 2012
"Rich in texture and flavor, tightly packed with blackberry and currant fruit, savory overtones of roasted meat and tomato, and fine tannins. Approachable with food, but could use cellaring. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Barbera. Drink now through 2017."

90 point wine list - Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, September 2011
Gold Medal - 2012 Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
Gold Medal - 2012 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition
Gold Medal - 2012 West Coast Wine Competition
Gold Medal - 2012 China Wine Awards
Very Good / Strong Recommendation - 2012 Ultimate Wine Challenge
Silver Medal - 2012 NextGen Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2012 International Women's Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2012 Seattle Wine Awards
Bronze Medal - 2012 Sunset International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2012 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition


2008 Ruah

90 points - Wine Advocate, Issue #190 (August 2010)
“The purple-colored 2008 Ruah is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc with an already complex nose of cigar box, herbs, olives, cassis, and black cherry. Medium-bodied, ripe, and sweetly-fruited, this pleasurable offering can be enjoyed now and over the next 6-8 years. It, too, is an excellent value.”


89 points - Wine Spectator, March 31, 2011
"Smooth, round and ripe, with black cherry and dried cranberry flavors, picking up spicy notes as the finish spreads. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2014."

Excellent - Wine Press Northwest, Fall 2010 issue
"Winemaker Greg Fries’ blend of Merlot (45%), Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) and Cabernet Franc accounts for a third of the production at his family’s Washington operation. A year in American and French oak imparts aromas that tease with Death by Chocolate, toasted walnuts, brown sugar and black currants. Sweet plums plop onto the palate, and the structure of raspberry acidity, lingering acidity and green peppercorns make this a great foil for a grilled T-bone."

Review by Chuck Hill - November 30, 2010
"The name of this wine comes from the Hebrew for “breath” or “spirit.”  Blending roughly equal amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) and Merlot (45%) with Cabernet Franc, the bottling is complex and generous in the nose and on the palate showing aromas and flavors of black cherry, plum, dusty earth, peppery spice and toasty cedar.  A great value for a classy Washington Bordeaux blend."

Gold Medal – 2010 Northwest Wine Summit
Silver Medal - 2011 Northwest Wine Summit
Silver Medal - 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2010 West Coast Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2011 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2011 San Francisco International Wine Competition



2007 Ruah

90 points - Wine Spectator
"Firm in structure, with refined tannins around a sweet, generous core of currant and blackberry fruit, lingering on the long, expressive finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2011 through 2015."

Recommended - Northwest Palate, May/June 2010
“Expansive scents of barrel char, roasted met, and dried herbs overwhelmed the fruit core, but prove interesting. The big plum fruit center is concentrated, with side notes of blueberry, bay rum, chai spices, and vanilla. The tannins are big and forward, pushing the fruit out of the way a bit. There’s plenty of  flavor here, but additional cellaring should mellow the structure.”

Recommended – Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2010
“The Fries family grows and builds this blend of Merlot (48%), Cabernet Sauvignon (36%) and Cabernet Franc. Their production brings an offering of cassis, blueberry, pie cherries, rose petals, cedar and cinnamon with a hint of chocolate truffle and alfalfa. Enjoy with hearty meats, and while there's a suggestion to drink before 2012, its tannins should allow it to shoulder more time than that.”

Statesman Journal (Salem, OR), February 11, 2010
“Vanilla and black currant flavors saturate your palate then give way to secondary flavors of black tea, plum, leather, Anaheim pepper and rosemary. The tannins are impressive and create a long, flowing finish.”

Gold Medal – 2010 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2009 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver Medal – 2010 US Professional Wine Buyers Competition
Bronze Medal – 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


2006 Ruah

16.5 points (out of 20) - Jancis Robinson via www.jancisrobinson.com
Black fruit, a defiant fresh, tart blackcurrant tang. Smooth tannin, syrupy fruit, rich, full body. Luscious and bold. Drink 2009-2012.

87 points - Wine Advocate, Issue #185 (October 2009)
“The 2006 Ruah Desert Wind Vineyard is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. The aromatics feature cinnamon, clove, olives, and sage with red fruit in the background. Supple, forward, and easy-going on the palate, this flavorful effort finishes with no hard edges. Drink it over the next 4 years.”

86 points - Wine Spectator, April 30, 2009
"Velvety, with a foxy cast to the currant and herb flavors. Solid on the finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2012."

87 points/Silver Medal - 2009 World Wine Championships
“Melted toffee aromas and flavors with sour cherry yogurt, roasted nut and spicy poached apple notes. Finishes with a zesty crisp fade. Supple and silky.”

Bronze Medal - Grand Harvest Awards 2009

 

2005 Ruah


90 points - Wine Spectator, March 31, 2008
"Smooth, open-textured and distinctive for its balance of red berry and spice flavors, with hints of dark chocolate and sage on the long, expressive, beautifully knit finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2015."

Top 100 Wines - Wine Spectator's Great Values of 2008
86 points / Highly Recommended - Beverage Testing Institute, March 2008

 

2004 Ruah

90 Points - Wine Spectator, February 28, 2007
“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.”

1999 Ruah

Wine Lovers Page - February 2006
"Firm but ripe tannins support the black fruit in this Merlot-predominant blend. Plums and blackberies linger on the finish."

86 points - Wine Spectator, 2006 web only review
"Firm and chewy, with a tarry note weaving through the cherry and pepper flavors, finishing with a mild tannic bite. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2007."

1998 Ruah

Outstanding - Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2003
"...A big, bold red that offers aromas of cedar, red currants, French-press coffee and cola and assertive flavors of dark fruit, oak and chocolate. Enjoy this with a special meal."

88 points - Highly Recommended - Beverage Tasting Institute
Gold Medal - 2003 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Gold Medal - 2003 Taster's Guild International Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2003 Portland Wine & Arts Festival
Silver Medal - 2004 Taster’s Guild Consumer Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2004 Northwest Wine Summit
Bronze Medal - 2004 San Diego Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2003 Northwest Wine Summit
Bronze Medal - 2003 Riverside International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2003 Grand Harvest Awards
Bronze Medal - 2003 Amenti del Vino International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2004 International Eastern Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2004 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2004 San Diego Wine Competition
Most Innovative Art - 2003 San Diego National Wine Competition
Best Use of Art - 2003 San Diego National Wine Competition
Critic’s Award - 2004 Critic’s Wine Challenge International Competition 

85 points - Wine Spectator, June 30, 2003
"Firm and crisp in texture, with modest blackberry and pepper flavors coming through on the chewy finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2004."

1997 Ruah

85 points / Highly Recommended - Beverage Testing Institute
“Deep, maturing brick hue. Generous, foresty brown spice and leather aromas. A rich entry leads to a firm, moderately full-bodied palate with drying tannins. A fully mature blend of the two Cabernets and Merlot. Drink up.”

86 points - Wine Spectator, November 2001
“Firm, almost crisp in texture, with a modest core of cherry and berry flavors, which turn herbal on the finish. Best after 2002.”

Recommended - Wine Press Northwest, Winter 2001
Silver Medal - Tasters Guild International Wine Judging
Silver Medal - Grand Harvest Awards
Silver Medal - American Wine Society

Bronze Medal - Riverside International Wine Competition