This is an interesting take on this varietal more known in Austria than Washington state. Light green/gold in color and very pale. The nose is nice with a lemon/lime quality but also a bit of pear and slight asparagus note. On the palate, this has a tart lemon/lime note. Slightly oily viscous texture. A hint of sweetness but good acidity to work with it. Still fresh but seems a bit rounder than on release. It will be interesting to see how this ages though I would recommend drinking most of them in the next three years. It will work with lighter foods or on its own.
2016 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Eroica, USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, ine Review
This is join venture made in Washington state. Back in the day, this was a bit pricey vis a vis the other options but the price has remained stable and now full retail is about $25. A nice wine for that price. Light golden in color. The nose has peaches, minerals and slight char. With air a slight lychee note emerges. On the palate, this is just slightly sweet. Peaches with nice minerality. A softer texture. Nice finish. This is drinking well now and should for the next five to ten at least. It will work with almost any food. Spicy foods would be great!
Another Washington wine that was nice to try. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petite Verdot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with cassis, some chocolate, a bit of blueberries and spice. On the palate, this has a lush texture. It is tight but with air opens in the glass. Cassis and blueberry fruit with spice and oak. It needs a few years and will probably improve by a point or two. Nice finish. It is concentrated but a big wine and will need bigger foods or great on its own.
2014 Hors Catégorie Vineyards Syrah Hors Catégorie Vineyard, USA, Washington, Walla Walla, Wine Review
Wow. My first time trying this wine and it is spectacular. Purple in color with a slight ruby rim. The nose has toast, black raspberries and black pepper. With air notes of soy sauce and black olives emerge. Full bodied but this lovely silky but powerful texture. On the palate, this has great boysenberry fruit with an underlying minerality. It is deep and complex and persistent on the palate. It is also delicious. Long finish. This will easily continue to improve for a decade and be good for another decade or two after that. It worked great with a spicy pasta dish but would work
2015 J. Bookwalter Cabernet Franc Suspense Conner-Lee Vineyard, USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wine Review
This is a very nice Cab Franc from Washington. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black cherries, tobacco and slight bell pepper. On the palate, this has a nice complexity. Good fruits black cherries and cherries with underlying herbal notes. Good finish. Slight tannins. This works better with foods and went well with a home made pizza. It seems still young and might get better but should easily last another 5 to ten years.
This is an inexpensive Pinot Grigio from Washington state. It costs about $10 which is fair. Light white gold/copper in color. The nose is light but mostly minerals. Easy drinking although it finishes bitter. Has some acidity. If this is the option at a party, it is fine. Drink now.
This is a great value in Washington Cab. Originally from younger vines in the Champoux vineyard, these wine have been made for 20+ years now. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, sandalwood, slight bell pepper. On the palate, this has nice cassis fruit with an underlying char. Full bodied. A nice complexity, it takes some time (about an hour) to fully open up. Firm tannins. Juicy acidity. In style, this is somewhere less ripe than Napa and more than Bordeaux. It easily has a decade or more left. Works great on its own or with bigger foods.
This is doing quite well at 11 years from vintage. It is a Washington state Cab Franc that in its youth was boisterous and ripe but has calmed down, picked up some funk and is drinking well. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, cherries, slight tobacco and baking spice. On the palate, this has wispy tannins. Good juicy black cherry fruit with underlying char and a bit of forest floor. Good balance. Nice finish. Works well on its own or with some bigger or medium foods especially roast.
Sineann is an Oregon producer but they make wines in many places. The vines for this wine are almost one hundred years old and are just inside the Washington border. It is an excellent Zin, that is not full throttle but not shy either. It ages nicely too. Purple in color. The nose has some spice, plenty of cherries and a bit of plums. On the palate, there is a nice gravelly quality underneath some nice cherry fruit. It is young and exuberant at the moment but if you prefer a more claret style, this should cruise into that in another ten years. It will work with meats and peppery foo
One of the best Cabs from Sineann I have had. This is classic Washington Cab. Purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose is great with black cherries, slight fresh rubber and tarragon. On the palate, this is deep and intense. Black cherry fruit over spice. It unwinds in the glass. Firm tannins. Drank over three nights and it was best on night three. Long finish. This will work with a wide variety of foods. Probably needs about five to seven years and then should be good for fifteen after that. If opening now, decant for six to eight hours.