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Experience Kestrel wines at three locations

Prosser Tasting Room
Headquarters and Winery
(DailyNoon to 5:00 pm)
2890 Lee Road
Prosser Wine & Food Park
Prosser, WA 99350
509-786-CORK (2675)

Map for Prosser winery & Tasting Room

Woodinville Cellar & Tasting Room
(Thurs - Mon:  Noon - 5 pm
  or by appointment)

19501 144th Avenue NE
Suite C-900
Woodinville, WA 98072

Map for Woodinville Tasting Room


Tasting Room & Wine Bar
(Tasting Room: Daily, 11 am - 5 pm;
Wine Bar: Fri & Sat, open at 5 pm)
Edelweiss Hotel Building
843 B Front Street
Leavenworth, WA  98826

Map for Leavenworth Tasting Room

Winery Information

Winemaker: Flint Nelson

Assistant Winemakers:
Carolina Warwick

Vineyard Acreage:  160 estate acres

Average Annual Production:  35,000 cases


Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Franc,
Malbec, Mourvedre, Rosé,
Raptor Red (Bordeax-style blend),
"Lady in Red" (red blend),
"Lady in White" (white blend),
Chardonnay, Viognier,
Sauvignon Blanc,
Pinot Gris,
Ice Wine, Port-style wine

Kestrel Tour & Tasting Experience:
1½ Hour Comprehensive Tour & Tasting

Tasting Room wine glass   Gift & Retail Shop  wine glass

Picnic Area  wine glass    Winery Tours (by appt)  wine glass
Bus groups & tours  wine glass
(By appointment only)     

VISA  wine glass      Master Card  wine glass 
American Express  wine glass

Tasting Room Hours - Three Locations:

Prosser location
DailyNoon to 5:00 pm

Leavenworth location
Daily: 11 am - 5 pm;
Wine Bar open at 5 pm Fri & Sat
Woodinville location
Thurs - Mon:  Noon - 5 pm
or by appointment

Washington's Finest Wines Made for the Dinner Table

     At Kestrel Vintners, creating the perfect glass of wine isn't just a focus... it's an obsession!  Great wines should be on everyone's table, every day.

      Quality is the key word in the elements of this winery's overall philosophy... quality vineyards, quality grapes, quality barrels and quality winemakers.  Kestrel sees its commitment to quality as the only way to attain its goal -- to produce fruit and wines of the highest caliber.

      Capturing the Yakima Valley's exceptional growing potential is what many say Kestrel Vintners does best.  The proof is in the tasting... the quality can be found in every glass of the elegant and distinctive wines of Kestrel Vintners.  

       Consider the evidence...

Quality Vineyards

       The Kestrel View Estate Vineyard is home to some of the oldest Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec vines in the state with plantings dating back to 1972.  Two blocks of approximately 80 acres each feature terroir consisting of primarily basalt bedrock, overlain by unconsolidated sediments deposited by glacial-outburst floods, then covered by windblown loess soils.  Growing conditions are ideal, benefiting from the rain-shadow effect of the Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges and the state's northerly latitude averaging 14.7 hours of sunlight per day during the growing season.  Here the climate is warm and dry (6 - 9 inches of rain annually) with abundant sunshine and cool nights.  Vineyard blocks average between 1150' and 1280' in elevation.  A coordinated vineyard team constantly monitors the growth and development of every vine destined for use in Kestrel Vintners wines. 

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Quality Grapes

       At the beginning of each year and continuing throughout the growing season, vines are assessed on a block-by-block and sometimes vine-by-vine basis.  The care with which the grapes are grown and the knowledge of the people involved in that process are critical in the production of fine wines.  Praise is often directed to the winemaker, but even the winemaker’s most ardent supporters are quick to point out that exquisite wines begin with exquisite fruit.  This commitment and a meticulous attention to detail have resulted in a fine tradition of exceptional Kestrel wines.

Quality Barrels

       Barrel aging plays an important role in Kestrel's wine program.  Wines are aged one to two years in the finest French, Hungarian and American oak barrels, and are bottle aged a minimum of one year prior to release.  Limited production makes it possible for each barrel to receive all the individual attention it needs to meet Kestrel's quality and stylistic requirements.

Quality Wines

       The elegant, distinctive wines of Kestrel Vintners include a Signature Series of Old Vine Merlot, Cabernet, and Raptor Red (the winery's flagship Bordeax-style blend);  the Falcon Series of handcrafted Viognier, Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet and Chardonnay; the Artist Series including Lady in White (a white blend) and Lady in Red (a red blend); and the Winemaker's Select Series allowing the winemakers to showcase their talent and express the particular varietals, unique clones and yeast strains, as well as distinctive processing styles.

Quality Winemaker

       Flint Nelson knew at an early age he wanted to be a great winemaker.  He has spent his life pursuing that dream. Educated at Washington State University, he graduated in 1991 with honors; after almost 10 years of winemaking experience, including a winemaker position at Apex Cellars in Sunnyside, Washington, Flint came to Kestrel Vintners.  He and his wife (also a winemaker) enjoy vacationing in wine growing regions around the world.

Selected Kestrel Wines

Logo of Kestrel Vintners, Washington winery in Yakima Valley wine region     
Kestrel crafts its wines to suit wine lovers with palates for dark, rich reds and fruit-driven, food friendly whites.  These elegant, distinctive wines include four tiers: the Winemaker's Select Series, the Falcon Series, the Signature Series and the Artist Series.

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Kestrel Winemaker's Select Wines

The Winemaker's Select wines allow our winemakers to showcase their talent and express their interest in particular varietals, unique clones, yeast strains and distinctive processing styles.  Production is limited to less than 500 cases.  These wines have a unique story.

2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Kestrel View Cabernet Sauvignon
90 Points - Wine Advocate
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This fine Cabernet Sauvignon was created by thinning one block of Cabernet Sauvignon down to two tons per acre; this equates to leaving just one cluster per shoot or about sixteen clusters per vine.  Of this block, we chose eight rows and conducted another experiment, in which we tied each cluster upward, so that the weight of the fruit would not bend the stem. We made wine from each portion and then chose to blend them back together at bottling.  The wines were both beautiful, with the one from the clusters that were tied upward being a little softer and more elegant.

Winemaker's Notes:  The resulting wine possesses a deep plum-red color, becoming black at its center. The aroma is filled with sweet red concentrated fruit such as cherry, currants, raspberries, pomegranate and blueberries.  While sifting through the layers of this complicated and complex wine you will be greeted by spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and tea leaves. As the wine continues to reveal itself, you will discover dried herbs, floral hints, sweet dark fruits, mineral, cigar box, and leather.  The wine is full bodied and round, with well integrated silky smooth tannins.  The finished product is concentrated and elegant. 

2012 Wild Yeast Chardonnay
100% Kestrel View Estate Chardonnay
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Kestrel View Estate Vineyard is unique in that our Chardonnay is the “Wente” clone, one of only few Wente clone Chardonnay vineyards in the state. It is known for being “shy bearing” producing modest quantities of high quality fruit. It also produces a different flavor and aroma profile; while still showing pear, honeysuckle, citrus and floral notes like the “other” Chardonnay clone, the Wente clone offers hints of mineral, nutmeg, clove and a slight Muscat note.

Winemaker's Notes: This is a powerful and particularly well balanced Chardonnay; it boasts a rich mineral element, is full bodied, and with oak that is present but not overpowering. This creates a wine bursting with green apple, lemon, honeysuckle, and the characteristic, Kestrel, minerality. I feel that this is an exceptional Chardonnay, made in the tradition of the old world.

To purchase Kestrel wines, please call the winery at 509-786-2675 or email us at
 You can also call one of Kestrel's Distributors for
 information about where you can find Kestrel wines.

Kestrel Falcon Series Wines

The Falcon Series Wines offer superior wine at a tremendous value.  These are great food wines, handcrafted and balanced with great fruit & complexity.  They can be drunk now or placed in your cellar for several years.

2010 Syrah
Blend: 76% Syrah | 24% Mourvédre
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This wine is mostly Syrah but was co-fermented with generous amounts of Mourvédre to coax out every nuance possible.  You may wonder  what co-fermenting is all about.  It is when you pick grapes of different varieties at the same time and throw them together in the same fermenter.  You can think of it as blending straight from the field.  By co-fermenting Syrah with other varietals, I believe that the resulting wines are more aromatic, possess greater mouthfeel and are more elegant and interesting.

Winemaker's Notes:  As always, the color is an inky purple crimson, centering to black.  In the aroma and on the palate you will find an abundance of ripe fruit flavors such as black currant, boysenberry, black cherry, cranberry, pomegranate and blueberry jam.  Beneath the layers of fruit you will discover cardamom, cocoa, orange rind, dried fennel, and lavender.   This is a rich full bodied and complex wine.  The velvety smooth mouth feel, supple soft tannins and lingering finish with leave you wanting just one more sip. 

2013 Viognier
100% Kestrel View Estate Vineyard Viognier
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The fruit was hand picked and whole-cluster pressed.  The juice was chilled for several days before being racked off its lees and fermented at 53 degrees Fahrenheit until nearly dry. By fermenting in stainless steel at very cool temperatures, we were able to preserve the natural fruit characteristics of the Viognier grape.  We also went to great pains in the vineyard to grow the grapes with only dappled light.  Too much sun on Viognier's delicate skin can cause bitterness.

Winemaker's Notes:  The color is almost clear with a hint of yellow.  The aromas are clean and fresh with overtones of leachy, apple, pear, citrus, mango, guava and caramelized sugar.  The flavors echo the aromas.  The body is full and rich, which is balanced by the tropical fruit flavors and sturdy acidity.

To purchase Kestrel wines, please call the winery at 509-786-2675 or email us at
 You can also call one of Kestrel's Distributors for
 information about where you can find Kestrel wines.

Kestrel Signature Series Wines

These elegant, distinctive wines include the Signature Series Old Vine Merlot, Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Raptor Red Meritage Blend.

2010 Signature Raptor Red
Blend: 71% Cabernet Sauvignon | 29% Malbec
90 Points - Wine Advocate
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Raptor Red is our flagship wine.  Each vintage the six finest barrels from the cellar are selected and blended together to create the best that the vintage has to offer.  The resulting Bordeaux-style blend creates a superior wine with unbelievable depth and breadth.  This old world creation is velvety smooth and bursting with ripe fruit flavors

Notes from Robert Parker:  "The 2010 Raptor Red Signature Series is an outstanding blend... showing beautiful purity, with ample cassis, plum liqueur, pepper, ground herbs and charcoal styled aromas and flavors all emerging from the glass.  Medium to full-bodied, layered and nicely concentrated, with fresh acidity and a pure, clean feel.  Enjoy bottles over the coming decade."

To purchase Kestrel wines, please call the winery at 509-786-2675 or email us at
 You can also call one of Kestrel's Distributors for
 information about where you can find Kestrel wines.

Kestrel Artist Series Wines

The Artist Series includes our iconic Lady in White and Lady in Red.  These are approachable, entry level, food friendly, easy drinking wines in collectable bottles.

Lady in White
Blend:  70% Viognier | 17% Gewürztraminer | 11% Pinot Gris | 2% Muscat
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This newest release of Lady in White is a blend of Viognier and Gewürztraminer, with a splash of Pinot Gris. This year, a touch of Muscat also found its way in.  The grapes were harvested simultaneously and blended as juice in the fermenter.  The Juice underwent a cool slow fermentation using Côte de Blanc yeast.  The combination of these factors helped to preserve the fine fruit and floral qualities of the varieties.  The fermentation was stopped at 0.8% Residual Sugar.  The resulting wine is a marriage of spice and floral elements.

Winemaker's Notes:   The color is pale.  This wine possesses hints of baking spices from the Gewürztraminer and floral elements from the Viognier.  In the nose, you will find apple pie spice, poached peaches, honeysuckle and jasmine.  Flavors of sweet citrus, lemon, lime, tangerine, guava and hints of caramelized meringue will excite your taste buds.  The acidity of this bright wine balances perfectly with the sweetness, allowing for a lingering finish of sweet clover honey.

Lady In Red  10th Edition
Blend:  56% Syrah | 29% Merlot | 8% Cabernet Sauvignon | 5% Sangiovese
| 2% Viognier
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The fruit used was grown at several outstanding locations around the Yakima Valley and Columbia Valley, including our own Kestrel View Estate Vineyard.  Grapes from the chosen sites produce wines brimming with ripe black and red fruit flavors, coupled with generous full mouth feel.  The fruit which composes Lady In Red 10th Edition was carefully picked at its height of maturity, then de-stemmed and crushed leaving 15% whole berries.  It was fermented at 85° F in small batches, for 7 to 10 days, then gently pressed so as not to extract any harsh tannins.  Fifty percent was then aged in small oak barrels until bottling.

Winemaker's Notes:  This wine possesses a deep black cherry color.  In the aroma you will find black cherry, plum, blackberry and blueberry jam.  These are balanced by cola, cocoa and coffee.  The wine's sweet palate ripples with dark and intense fruit flavors and finishes with lingering silky tannins.

Other ways to purchase Kestrel wines:
Call the winery at 509-786-2675 or email  
You can also call one of Kestrel's Distributors for
 information about where you can find Kestrel wines.

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