Thursday, July 19, 2012

14 Hands Wines -- Embodying the Spirit of the Wild Horses That Once Roamed the Hills of Eastern Washington (Review)


This something beautiful about wild horses that roam different areas of the world.  After seeing a few movies and reading books about this animals, I became intrigued with them.  I am hoping to take my family to the Carolinas or Virginia next year to see them up close, running along the beach.  Ahh, just thinking about them running free is relaxing.

While searching for travel sites where wild horses could be seen, I stumbled across 14 Hands Wine, and reached out to learn more about their wines and story behind their name.

So, How Did 14 Hands Wine Come About?

The inspiration for 14 Hands wines recalls a time when wild mustangs once freely roamed the hills of eastern Washington State. These small horses, measuring a scant 14 hands high - a “hand” being equivalent to a man’s palm width and how horses were measured then - would travel down from the hills every day to drink from the mighty Columbia River and graze upon the luscious waist high grasses along the riverbank, and then retreat back up into the hills to cool off at night. Strong and tenacious, these little horses became known for their endurance and were revered around the world. 

This unique and beautiful landscape that gave these unbridled horses their spirit and tenacity now feeds our vines. With loamy-sand and gravel soils, these hills require a strong and determined grapevine, and our 14 Hands vines revel in this unique and world class terroir. With the fruit from these tenacious vines, 14 Hands wines are handcrafted into big, bold, juicy fruit forward reds and crisp, fruit forward white wines that are laced with the unbridled spirit and legend of the region.

14 Hands celebrates the spirit of these wild horses, and the rich and unique history of Washington wines not only in our wines, but also in the vibrant colors and images on our popular varietal labels and our new Hot to Trot red and white blend wines. Whether you enjoy 14 Hands by the glass in your favorite restaurant, or share a bottle with family or friends, our wines are the quintessential Washington wine experience – fruit-forward, easily enjoyable with any meal or on any occasion, and delivering a superb value for the price. Bringing this bottle of wine to the party is more than bringing just a wine – it’s a delicious wine with a unique story that’s sure to spark up a memorable conversation.

I can attest to the conversation starter of these wines, as I was sent 6 bottles to enjoy with family and friends, and have been bringing them to summer cookouts, as well as sharing in our home.  When someone sees the beautiful label (Wild Horses Artist Cynthia Sampson--, of these wild horses, they are in awe not only of the artist's work, but about the back story I share with them about 14 Hands wines. 

Wines Available from 14 Hands Winery:


14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon

Concentrated aromas of dark stone fruits and toast burst from the glass.

14 Hands Merlot

Expressive flavors of berries and cherries are joined by subtle nuances of mocha and spice.

14 Hands Chardonnay

Bright apple and floral aromas are complemented by light notes of vanilla and sweet butterscotch.

14 Hands Riesling

Aromas of apple blossom and tangerine, flavors of freshly sliced peaches and Granny Smith apples with a big juicy finish.

14 Hands Pinot Gris

Presents aromas and flavors of fresh melon, green apple and light notes of honeysuckle. 


Hot to Trot Red Blend

This approachable and easy drinking red wine offers generous aromas of berries, cherries and currants.

Hot to Trot White Blend

Intense aromas of peach compote with tropical and floral nuances. 

I was sent all but the Hot to Trot White Blend to review.  I am not going to bore with you describing how each one tasted -- as they were all amazing and paired well with meals and as a night cap.  The fruity flavors of each danced on my pallet I was sipped a glass of each. When I brought these to gatherings, they were the first bottles that were finished.  A couple of the hosts told me they were going to keep the empty bottles to display in their bars, as they loved the artist's rendering of these wild horses of Washington State.  I have also kept three empty bottles to display.  And, whenever I have family and friends over, and offer them a drink, they always ask about the 14 Hands wine bottles they see.  I love sharing the story, and hopefully one day will be able to see these beautiful creatures up close.  For now, I have 14 Hands wines to keep me intrigued.

So, if you are looking for some amazing wines to enjoy during last summer cookouts, to give as hostess gifts, or even to have on hand for upcoming holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, 14 Hands wines are the way to go. 



Membership Details

Membership: There is no fee to enroll in 14 Hands Quarterly Express. However, you are agreeing to a minimum of two (2) 12 bottle shipments.
Fulfillment Calendar: Automated shipments will ship out the first week in March, June, September and December.
Wine Pricing: $122.00 per quarterly shipment of 12 750ml bottles. Price includes a 15% discount.
Shipping Charges: Penny ground shipping is included on the March and September fulfillments. To ensure extreme temperature variances do not impact the quality of your wine, December and June fulfillments will ship 2nd day air for $14. (Alaska & Hawaii shipments will all ship via 2nd day air for $14)

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest

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