Badger Mountain/Powers
Part 14, Washington State: visiting one of North America's leading wine growing regions


The Powers family established the Badger Mountain vineyard in the early 1990s, planting it under contract to Chateau Ste Michelle. Bill Powers decided to switch to organics in 1987, the first to do so in the state. He was friends with the Fetzer family, who were on their journey to organics. They convinced Bill that the conditions in eastern Washington were ideal for organics. So he decided to make the switch, and got certified in 1990.


In 1995 he had his winery, Badger Mountain, certified as an organic food processor. Currently Badger Mountain is 100% organic with no added sulphites, and is half of the business.


The Powers label came about because sometimes they had to buy conventional fruit to get the organic. So in 1992 they began with Powers, which makes conventional wines.


The whole process is built on the ethos of Bill Powers,’ says sales manager Mickey Dunne. ‘We still do a fruit contract with a handshake. We are sort of this different entity. We don’t send any wines to people who give number scores. We have grown by putting wines in glasses and having people try them.’

Mickey Dunne


These wines are not expensive, and represent good value for money.



Powers Viognier 2014 Columbia Valley, Washington State
Lively, bright, fresh and a bit juicy. Very fruity with nice pear and citrus fruit. Clean and crisp. 87/100

Powers Malbec 2013 Washington State
Fresh, floral and fruity. Lovely juicy cherry fruit nose. Supple, bright and fruity in a lighter style, with a peppery edge to the fruit. 89/100

Powers Merlot 2013 Washington State
Sweet, juicy and berryish with a bit of spiciness. Supple and a bit spicy. 87/100

Powers Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Washington State
Slight green hint to the berry and blackcurrant nose. Juicy and focused with a bit of spiciness. Fresh and drinkable in a lighter style. 88/100

Powers Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Champoux Vineyard 2007 Horse Heaven Hills, Washington State
Sappy and a bit gravelley with nice earthy notes under the dense blackcurrant fruit. There’s a gravelly, savoury twist to this wine. 91/100

Powers Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Champoux Vineyard 2009 Horse Heaven Hills, Washington State
Leafy, gravelly, spicy edge to the nose. Sweet, a bit earthy, and quite savoury. This is grippy with notes of gravel and tar. 90/100

Powers Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Coyote Vineyard 2012 Wahluke Slope, Washington State
Lovely aromatics: floral with a hint of leafiness. Very pure with supple sweet blackcurrant and blackberry fruit. Supple. 90/100

Powers Kiona Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Red Mountain, Washington State
Nicely defined focused blackcurrant fruit with some grippy structure. 91/100

Badger Mountain Chardonnay 2014 Washington State
Fruity, lively and clean with nice citrus and pear fruit. 87/100

Badger Mountain Riesling 2014 Washington State
Lively and fresh with bright, pure, focused lemony fruit with a hint of apple. Nice fruity style. 88/100

Badger Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Washington State
Sweet and pure with chocolatey blackberry and black cherry fruit. Very attractive and drinkable with a bit of grip. 88/100

Badger Mountain Merlot 2014 Washington State
Supple, juicy and textured with nice fresh, green-tinged plum and blackberry fruit, with a bit of cherry. 89/100

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