As the 2016 wine grape harvest gets under way, here's what's coming up for fall in the Review of Washington Wines.
As of this writing, I have just wrapped up the October issue of the Review which goes on line the 23rd. In it, there are early fall releases from Walla Walla, including new 2013's from Balboa, Tero Estates (plus an outstanding 19.5/20 points 2011 Old Block Cabernet) and Zerba Cellars. Also previewed are Ardor Cellars' four outstanding 2014 single vineyard Syrahs, along with a blend of all four. We'll also pick up the rest of the current releases from Lake Chelan's Fielding Hills, Nefarious and Hard Row to Hoe wineries. Also featured are recent releases from Browne Family Vineyards and K Vintners. In the Highly Recommended section, there are three stellar 2014 reds from Sean Boyd's Rotie Cellars and Pepper Bridge's impressive 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and "Trine" Blend.
In the November issue, I will be reporting on my visit to the Olympic Peninsula, with reviews of wines from Wind Rose Cellars in Sequim, Camaraderie Cellars in Port Angeles, and Westport Cellars near Aberdeen. On the way home, we will be stopping at Owen Roe in Union Gap. Also in November will be visits in Woodinville to Avennia (2015 Oilaine Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 Arnaut Boushey Syrah and Le Corbeau Discovery Vineyard Syrah), Two Vintners, and others. Fall releases from Walla Walla will also be reviewed, including Balboa's 2014's, Spring Valley Vineyards' 2013's and more.
Looking ahead into December, there will be reports on a visit to Spokane (Barrister and Robert Karl), more Fall releases from Walla Walla, sparkling wines and more.
In upcoming Review of Washington Wines blogs, there will be updates on the 2016 harvest, wine tasting reports and more.
No Review Blog Next Week
On Sunday, we will be leaving for Woodinville and the Olympic Peninsula (see above). So there will be no blog next week. The next posting will be on Monday, September 19th, and the next one after on the 23rd, along with the October issue of the Review of Washington Wines.