Our Wines & Grapes

wine glasses         Our wines are crafted from premium hand-picked red and white grapes harvested from small family vineyards located in the Columbia Valley of Washington. The viticulture areas include Rattlesnake Hills and Yakima Valley. In 2015 we harvested 63,000 lbs. of grapes from Elephant Mountain Vineyards, Yakima; Crawford Farms, Prosser and Lonesome Spring Ranch, Benton City, WA. Working closely with the vineyard owners, we monitor all stages of growth and assist in the agronomic decisions leading to harvest.
       A recent issue of Wine Press Northwest was released chronicling 50 years of wine grape production in the Yakima Valley, calling it the “cradle of Washington wine.” The author went on to say: “Today, many of the state’s most famous red wine grape vineyards are in the Yakima Valley, including Boushey, Ciel du Cheval, DuBrul, Elephant Mountain, Harrison Hill, Klipsun, Lonesome Spring, Olsen, Red Willow, and Upland. These are stalwarts of the industry, vineyards that any winery is proud to proclaim its label.”


       Then at harvest time we transport the fresh grapes (on-the-stem) directly to our winery in Billings. After arrival, the grapes are de-stemmed and crushed within 30 hours post-harvest. Fermentation, pressing, cellaring and bottling are completed on-site using our own equipment.
       Last year we sold about 2,500 cases of wine. We’ll ramp up to about 3,200 cases this year, and level off in 2016 to about 3,700 cases — which we anticipate will be our sustainable annual production.

If you’d like to see Yellowstone Cellars wines featured on the wine list of your favorite restaurant or steakhouse, please ask the management to contact us!


2011 Merlot

Washington— The micro-climate of Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills and the silty soils left by the ancient Lake Missoula floods provide the terroir for this Merlot. Notes of chocolate and coffee bean are being enhanced through aging in French oak barrels. A mild natural acidity gives this wine great balance and a complex palate. This easy-to-drink-alone wine pairs well with meat loaf, Italian-style sausages, beef stew or even smoked salmon and tuna. Try it with pasta dishes, pizza and cheeses like Gouda, cheddar, Monterrey Jack or smoked provolone. This is a great candidate for 2-5 years of aging.

Grapes: Elephant Mtn Vineyard, Yakima, WA
Origin: Bordeaux, France
100% Merlot

2013 Malbec

Washington— This Malbec is produced with grapes from Yakima Valley vineyards that have been supplying small, artisan wineries for years. It represents a classic medium-bodied Malbec with pronounced and well-rounded flavors of dark cherry, blackberry and plum layered over a slew of high profile spices. This makes for an interesting medley of aromas and flavors. Malbec may be Argentina’s signature grape, but nothing is lost in the smooth tannins and earthy essence of this wine that’s been aging in French and American oak barrels for two years. It’s definitely a red meat wine adaptable enough to stand up to spicy Mexican or Cajun foods or saucy Italian fare. Consider giving this Malbec a go with meatloaf, barbecue ribs or hamburgers off the grill.

Grapes: 50% Lonesome Spring Ranch, Benton City, WA & 50% Crawford Farms, Prosser, WA
Origin: Bordeaux, France
100% Malbec

2012 Syrah

Washington — “For me, Washington state is the second-best place in the world for Syrah, after the Rhône Valley. I really do believe it’s that amazing. I’ll take it over [Australian] Shiraz or California Syrah any day.” – Chris Miller, sommelier at the Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills.

Our spicy, big-hitting Syrah has aromas of blackberry, currant, cinnamon, vanilla, and anise. Co-fermented with about 3% Viognier in the old French tradition, this red wine ends in firm but smooth and supple tannins creating a soft & lingering finish. Aged 2+ years in new French oak barrels, it shows bold, smokey wood flavors consistent with fine oak cooperage. Enjoy now or at it’s best in 2-4+ years. 100% crushed, fermented & aged at our winery & in our cellar here in Billings.

Grapes: Elephant Mtn Vineyard, Yakima, WA
Origin: Bordeaux, France
97% Syrah, co-fermented w/ 3% Viognier

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Washington – Our Cabernet Sauvignon is a special treat for “Cab” lovers. Young, big, bold and dark! The grape’s naturally high tannins, the unique wood flavors of vanilla and spice complement the natural grape flavors of black currant and tobacco. The grapes for this release (45 cases)were born from the micro-climate of eastern Washington’s river valleys and the silty soils left by the ancient Lake Missoula flood. Aged for 30 months in French and American oak it’s a candidate for an added 3-5+ years of aging. We advise setting out a bottle (let it breathe for at least 30 minutes before pouring) the next time you serve grilled steaks, hamburgers, a red meat casserole – it’s also perfect when paired with strong-flavored cheese, and chocolates (especially dark chocolate).

Grapes: Elephant Mtn Vineyard, Yakima, WA
Origin: Bordeaux, France
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Petit Verdot

Washington – When it comes to aroma and flavor, this wine is anything but “petite.” Seldom bottled as a stand-alone varietal, this unique “spice box” wine promises to be another huge hit here at the winery – as was our 2008 Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels for two years, the dense fruit, dark color, powerful flavors, and heavy tannins of this wine help it pair with rich cuts of red meat (beef, bison, lamb or wild game) and well-aged cheeses, especially aged smoked cheddar. This full-bodied wine is a perfect choice as a gift for experienced red wine drinkers. With only 69 cases bottled, it will go out the door quickly! That said, this wine is a great candidate for long-term (3+ years) aging.

Grapes: Elephant Mtn Vineyard, Yakima, WA
Origin: Bordeaux, France
100% Petit Verdot

2012 Sangiovese

Washington — Our version of the the trademark wine from Italy’s Tuscany region comes from the sunwashed vineyards of the Yakima Valley. Remarkable aromas of light-red berry, allspice, tobacco and cedar can be found in this Sangiovese. A medium-body and medium-soft tannin structure allow flavors of red cherry, plum, strawberry, cinnamon and vanilla enhance your the palate for a wide range of foods. It’s very versatile and matches-up well with the flavors of Italian sausage, marinara, lighter red meats, grilled fish, lamb, pork, stews and well-aged cheeses. Very drinkable now — this wine will age well for 1-3 years.

Grapes: Elephant Mtn Vineyard, Yakima, WA
Origin: Tuscany, Italy
100% Sangiovese

2012 Cabernet Franc

Washington — Cabernet Franc is one of the principal grape varieties in most Bordeaux wines, as well as being the dominant variety in the fine wines of France’s western Loire Valley. Most commonly used as a blending grape, we’ve discovered that Cabernet Franc on its own can produce a distinctive and delicious bottle of wine. The color of medium to dark garnet, find distinctive aromas of chocolate, violets and green bell pepper. On the palate this a rich wine with herbaceous and grassy aromas, and flavors of cassis, raspberry, and cherry. Cabernet Franc is a staple at Parisian bistros and naturally pair with oven-roasted chicken or steak frites — as well as a wide mix of Mediterranean tapas.

Grapes: Elephant Mtn Vineyard, Yakima, WA
Origin: Bordeaux, France
100% Cabernet Franc

2012 Tempranillo

Washington — Our Tempranillo is made from grapes grown in a premier Yakima Valley vineyard located just north of Benton City, WA. The Tempranillo grape is the dominant grape varietal of Spain’s Rioja region. Ours has characteristic and vibrant red fruit flavors of plum, cherry and strawberry – mixed with an earthy minerality. This release is traditional of the Spanish-style Tempranillos — medium-bodied with mild acidity – making a very food friendly wine. Pair with simple meats like chicken, leg of lamb, and pork loin and it works especially well with Mediterranean tapas, bolder meat dishes or an aged Spanish cheese like Manchego or Idiazabal. This release was aged in neutral French & American oak barrels for two years prior to bottling. Drink now — or better yet, let it age in your cellar or wine rack for at least a year.

Grapes: Elephant Mtn Vineyard, Yakima, WA
Origin: Rioja, Spain
100% Tempranillo

2011 (406)

Washington — This spicy red blend is a great candidate for 3+ years of cellaring. Flavors of chokecherry and over-ripe current lead to a finish of mild hardwood smoke and kitchen spices.

Grapes: Elephant Mtn Vineyard, Yakima, WA.
Origin: Bordeaux, France.
50% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc.

2014 Dolcetto Rosé

Washington — This dry rose has exotic aromas of raspberries, strawberries, and notes of lilac and violets. A well-balanced mouthfeel provides succulent strawberry, rhubarb, and cinnamon flavors before it finishes with soft textures of fresh cream and vanilla. Great as a stand alone wine, it pairs well with light salads, baked or broiled chicken, and an array of seafoods.

Grapes: Lonesome Springs Ranch, Benton City, WA
95% Dolcetto, 4% Riesling, 1% Muskat

White Wines

2014 Riesling

Washington — If you’re looking for a no-fail white wine for the table or the patio, this off-dry (3.2%residual sugar) wine will fit perfectly. With a sensible balance of sugar and acidity, it has aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, orange peel, peach and honey. Full-bodied but crisp on the palate, it can be enjoyed with chicken recipes, a wide range of salads, seafood dishes, light meats, cold cuts and BLTs. Perfect alone after dinner – or with apple pie or caramel desserts. Drink lightly chilled (50-55 F).

Grapes: Pacific Rim Vineyards, West Richland, WA
Origin: Rhine, Germany
100% Riesling

2014 “Summer Blend”

Washington — Not just for summertime anymore!!!! But, try this slightly effervescent wine this winter and it’ll remind you of those warm summer evenings out on the deck…. It’s a treat to every sense. A blend of Riesling and Viognier, this is a zesty, refreshing and incredibly drinkable off-dry white wine. When lightly chilled (50-55F) this wine is great by itself – or it pairs wonderfully with a patio lunch, gourmet appetizers by the fire or with mountain cabin cuisine. Not to be underestimated, it’s one of those rare wines that’s perfect anytime of the day or night!

Grapes: Pacific Rim Vineyards, West Richland, WA
Origin: Rhine, Germany & Rhone, France
75% off-dry Riesling 25% Chenin Blanc

2013 Chardonnay

Yakima Valley — A secret is just getting out: The small family vineyards of the sun-soaked Yakima Valley produce some of the world’s best Chardonnay grapes. This crisp and very lightly oaked wine is testament to that notoriety. It provides mild notes of butterscotch, vanilla and very light buttery flavors with firm acidity and a mild apricot finish. Chardonnay pairs with roast poultry, pork, shrimp or Caribbean fare along with an array of mild cheeses and cream sauces. Serve this Chardonnay “cool” (50-55 degrees) — not refrigerator cold — to enhance its fruit flavors.

Grapes: Mercer Estates Vineyards, Prosser, WA
Origin: Burgundy, France
100% Chardonnay