Monday, April 27, 2015


Dumas Station, Dayton, Washington
A recent visit to Dayton, Washington meant only one thing…….I was heading to Dumas Station Winery to taste the launch of their new white wine, Cow Catcher White and re-visit some of my all time favorites.

For those who have not read some of our older blogs, Dumas Station is definitely a favorite.  They are located on Highway 12 just outside of Dayton in a historical 1908 apple packing shed that was built by James Dumas. 

Jay, Doug, Debbie and Ali are the people behind this great winery and for the past six years have introduced me to their amazing wines.  They have crafted a lot of heart and soul into each vintage and not one season has disappointed me.

I’m not going to get all descriptive and detailed on each wine.  You can go to if you want the specifications on each wine.  Here is my personal view about Dumas Station.

Cab Franc pairs well with chocolate!
Everyone knows I’m not a huge fan of Merlot but after trying the Dumas Merlot I was hooked.  No other Merlot compares in my book.  The 2012 vintage is rich, luscious and complex.  I have never experience a harsh tannin finish from any of their vintages and this one was no different.  Once you have this Merlot you will be hard pressed to drink any other Merlot.

The 2012 Syrah is fantastic!  I love the peppery notes and it goes so well with dark chocolate and any other great food.  This 100% Syrah is smooth on the finish and I think that is what surprises me most.

Cow Catcher Red has been one of my favorite blends since first discovering Dumas Station but I was really excited when I heard they were launching Cow Catcher White.  It does not disappoint.  Crisp but not sweet.  This is meant for those summer evenings when you’re sitting on the deck. 

Good Friends at Dumas Station Winery
My two favorite wines at Dumas Station are the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab Franc.  If for no other reason you visit Dumas Station, visit for these two wines.  To me they are the best of the best from Washington.   Jay’s unbelievable talents as a wine maker really come through in the balance and complexity.  I promise you will not be disappointed.

It was great to re-visit Dumas Station, drink my favorite wines and visit with old friends.  I’m looking forward to my next visit, when the exterior front of the winery will be completed.  More pictures will be posted for sure…..Cheers!! LD