THE WINE ENTHUSIAST
91 points, 2012 The Excursion Syrah
May 2015

THE WINE SPECTATOR
91 points, 2012 Syrah
March 2015

RAND SEALEY'S REVIEW OF WASHINGTON WINES
19+/20 points, 2012 The Excursion Syrah
19/20 points, 2012 Syrah
18.5+/20 points,2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
18.5+/20 points, 2012 Merlot
18/20 points, 2012 Cow Catcher Red
March 2015 issue

THE WINE ENTHUSIAST
92 points, 2012 Cow Catcher Red
92 points, 2012 Syrah
93 points, 2012 Cabernet Franc
March 2015

WALLA WALLA VALLEY WINE COMPETITION
Gold, 2012 Merlot
June 2014, via Great Northwest Wine

THE WINE SPECTATOR
90 points, 2011 Cow Catcher Red
91 points, 2012 Merlot
June 2014

THE WINE ENTHUSIAST
94 points, 2010 Minnick Hills Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points, 2012 Merlot
92 points, 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points, 2011 Cuvee No. 439

WALLA WALLA VALLEY WINE COMPETITION GOLD, 2012 Merlot

THE WINE SPECTATOR
93 points, 2010 Minnick Hills Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Polished, expressive and generous, with cherry, blackberry, mint and lavender flavors, riding easily over an open texture through a long and seductive finish. Drink now through 2024. —H.S. June 4, 2014

THE WINE SPECTATOR
91 points, 2010 Dumas Station Estate Merlot - November 15, 2013
90 points, 2010 Dumas Station Estate Cabernet Franc: "Lithe, vibrant and appealing...a delicate swash of mocha against focused blackberry and floral character at the core. Harmonious and inviting, this should develop nicely in the cellar. Drink now through 2020. 100 cases made." –HS, October 31, 2013

Dumas Station Wines featured on AM Northwest Television Segment


Our Cow Catcher Red received its 15 seconds of fame on the TV show AM Northwestin Portland. The 2009 Cow Catcher Red was featured on a segment called "Wine 101" on AM Northwest in the Portland area. For a replay, click here and drag the cursor to 4:57 on the video.

THE WINE SPECTATOR
Doug & Jay in Walla Walla's Minnick Hills Vineyard
Doug (left) & Jay featured in The Wine Spectator magazine

Titled "Deft, complex wines from an old hand," the article goes on to say "In 2000, Jay DeWitt, a former wheat farmer who was then managing vineyards, met Doug Harvey, a retired San Francisco lawyer, on the golf course. After discovering that they were both amateur winemakers who had grown up in Walla Walla, they decided to go into business together. They leased vineyards that DeWitt was managing, including Minnick Hills, just north of the Walla Walla Airport. The vineyard is the source of their expressive and deftly handled Cabernet Sauvignons in 2007 and 2008, and contributed to a nimble Merlot in 2008." - Wine Spectator, December 15th, 2012

The write up also includes reviews for our 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and 2008 Estate Merlot, scoring 91 points each.

WASHINGTON WINE REPORT
Excellent (4 out of 5 stars) - 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Sean writes "A moderately aromatic wine with high toned herbal notes along with green tea, floral notes, dark raspberries, and cherries. The palate is soft, sweet, and fruit filled with velvety tannins. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot. Minnick Hills Vineyard. Aged 22 months in American and French oak (80% new). 15% alcohol. 400 cases produced. Sampled at 67 degrees."
-Part V of the 2012 Walla Walla Valley Report, from Washington Wine Report.
-December 2012

THE WINE SPECTATOR
91 points, 2008 Dumas Station Estate Merlot: "Fresh and vibrant, this is juicy with currant and plum fruit that dances over the fine tannins and keeps at it through the long finish. This has style and intensity, but remains nimble. Drink now through 2017." –HS
91 points, 2008 Dumas Station Estate Cabernet Sauvignon: "Dark and spicy, brooding with black cherry, black raspberry, black tea and licorice flavors, gliding smoothly into the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2018." –HS
-October, 2012

SEATTLE MET MAGAZINE
"Wine Blends Catch on in Washington" features our 2009 Cow Catcher Red. Written by Sean Sullivan of the Washington Wine Report, "...These recommended Washington blends will get you drinking New World wine in the Old World style." We'll drink to that, Sean. Cheers!
-July 2012

WINE PRESS NORTHWEST MAGAZINE
First Place (tie) in annual Syrah issue: "It's a big wine with aromas of cured meats, porcini mushrooms, blackberries and blueberries, followed by plush flavors of boysenberries and Marionberries. The ripe fruit is integrated with mild oak and approachable tannins. It's hedonistic on the lengthy finish."
-March, 2012

SEATTLE WINE AWARDS
Double Gold, 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Double Gold, 2007 Minnick Hills Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
We are very excited that both of our Cabernets won double gold medals--the highest medal given at the Seattle Wine Awards. You can view the complete list of results here.
-June, 2011

THE WINE SPECTATOR
90 points , Dumas Station Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2007
"Medium-bodied, delivering pretty red berry and red plum fruit that plays against chewy tannins and hints of cedar and mocha, followed by a persistent finish. Best from 2012 through 2017." -H.S.
This is the third year in a row that our estate Cabernet has scored 90+ points in the Wine Spectator!
-April, 2011

SEATTLE MAGAZINE
Our 2007 Cow Catcher Red was rated Best Red Bordeaux-Style Blend Under $20 in the Best of Washington Wines of 2011 magazine.
-April 2011

WINE PRESS NORTHWEST
Platinum, Dumas Station Wines 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley: "Winemaker and vineyard manager Jay DeWitt planted the grapes for Dumas Station's estate Minnick Hills Vineyard in the northern Walla Walla Valley in 1999. Those vines are paying off with superb wines, including this intriguing Cabernet Sauvignon. It opens with aromas of olives, chocolate, sweet herbs, black cherries and vanilla, followed by beautifully integrated flavors of opulent dark fruit backed with velvety, fine-grained tannins. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards."
From their annual Platinum awards.
-December, 2011

WASHINGTON WINE REPORT
Top 60 Wines of 2010
Sean Sullivan puts together this annual list that takes a look back at some of his favorite wines of the past year. Our 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon made the list at # 53.

THE WINE ENTHUSIAST
94 points, Dumas Station 2006 Minnick Hills Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla); "Rich, concentrated, and loaded with smoky, dark, spicy fruit flavors, this is a full-on Bordeaux blend." Cellar Selection. -Paul Gregutt
91 points, Dumas Station 2007 Estate Merlot (Walla Walla); "it's a meaty, complex wine that...has a mouth-pleasing seamless quality that invites another sip, and another." -Paul Gregutt
90 points, Dumas Station 2007 Cow Catcher Red (Walla Walla); "An outstanding 'second' wine, this value blend drinks like a much pricier wine." Editors' Choice.
Paul Gregutt
-December 2010

THE SEATTLE TIMES
Our 2006 Minnick Hills Reserve is listed in the "Top 100 Washington Wines" of 2010 by Paul Gregutt. We are especially excited, as this is the 2nd time one of our wines has made the list.
-December 2010

WINE PRESS NORTHWEST
Excellent, Dumas Station Wines 2007 Estate Merlot, Walla Walla Valley
"It's referred to as their Cab-lovers Merlot because Cabernet Franc (19%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%) add support to this product of Minnick Hills, the estate vineyard for this young Dayton, Wash., winery. Aromas of cherry juice, blueberry syrup, candela leaf tobacco, coffee and vanilla awaken the senses for an extremely juicy drink with the same theme."
Excellent, Dumas Station Wines 2007 Cow Catcher Red, Walla Walla Valley
" Jay DeWitt does the growing and the making with estate Minnick Hills Vineyard fruit, and this renamed Cabernet Sauvignon does catch your attention with huge whiffs of char from 50% new oak. Right behind it, though, are aromas of Thomas Kemper black cherry soda, boysenberry jam and crushed leaf. Next comes the mouthfilling drink of blackberries and plums. Integrated oak shows both light toast and tannin, leading to a farewell of eucalyptus and subtle Bing cherry acidity."
From the Fall 2010 issue.
-September 2010

THE SEATTLE TIMES
"Standout Washington Wines Offer Good Value," article written by Wine Advisor columnist Paul Gregutt, touts our 2007 Cow Catcher Red as a "value blend that drinks like a much pricier wine."
-September 2010

THE WINE ADVOCATE
93 points , 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon*, "with dense fruit...succulent flavors, and impeccable balance, this outstanding offering will…drink well through its 20th birthday." - Dr. Jay Miller *erroneously published in print as 2007
92 points , 2006 Minnick Hills Reserve, "Dense, rich, and layered, it has plenty of ripe tannin and will easily provide pleasure through 2026."
- Dr. Jay Miller
-August/September 2010

SEATTLE MET MAGAZINE
2007 Cow Catcher Red
No. 53 on the list of "100 Best Washington Wines"
"The 2007 Cow Catcher Red...is an outrageous value; it drinks like a considerably more expensive wine."
-September 2010