Moore's methods do not fit the Washington norm, but
the complex flavors of his wines validate his approach. A graduate in enology
from U. C. Davis, with additional training in viticulture, Moore worked with several
California wineries before coming to the Northwest in search of a cooler growing
climate to start his own winery.
After a lengthy search, Moore settled on the Red Mountain area and founded Blackwood
Canyon Vintners. At the far eastern end of the Yakima Valley, just before merging
with the Columbia River, the Yakima River runs into Red Mountain, taking an abrupt
turn northward before turning back south to join the Columbia. Situated on the
grass and sagebrush covered slopes of Red Mountain, the Blackwood Canyon winery
and vineyards overlook the Yakima River, and the long view westward up the valley.
The Red Mountain area is one of the warmest growing areas in the Yakima Valley,
and one of the premier sites for Cabernet Sauvignon.
...Moore is specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon, and late
harvest desert wines from several grape varieties. His Cabernet Sauvignon, the
best still unreleased, and the late harvest botrytised wines rank among the Northwest's
finest. Moore is among those who believe that Semillion is one of Washington's
outstanding wine grapes, and he is giving it the winemaking attention it deserves.
At Blackwood Canyon, the unusual is the norm. Moore has made dry Riesling and
Chenin Blanc in the style of a barrel fermented Chardonnay, complete with ample
lees contact. The Riesling was unusual and surprisingly good. The best of the
Chenin Blancs tasted like it was meant to be made that way all along.