- Written by Rand Sealey
Cabernet Franc: Washington's Chinon?
Cabernet Franc is widely thought of as being a "Bordeaux" varietal, usually for blending with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, both here in Washington and in the Bordelais. But, as a varietal wine, the flavor profile, to me (and some winemakers have agreed) seems to be more like a Loire Valley Cabernet Franc.
Chinon, located on the bank of the Loire tributary, the Vienne River, southeast of Saumur, produces medium-bodied, yet robust, earthy and chewy wines. Rabelais was from Chinon and called them "taffeta wines," meaning that they possessed well-woven textures. Also known as Cabernet Breton, the wines show a distinct minerality from the scree and gravel soil as well. These characteristics recur in many of the Washington Cabernet Francs that I have tasted. Here are some examples, with my tasting notes.
2008 Laurelhurst Cellars Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley ($28) - October 2010 issue
Sourced from the Kiona, Boushey and Burgess vineyards, this wine exhibits a deep ruby color and a rich raspberry, cherry and currant nose with scents of dried rose, tobacco and burning incense. The palate reveals roasted berry flavors that are intermixed with licorice, bittersweet chocolate, scorched earth, minerals, coffee grounds and cinnamon bark. The chewy “taffeta” texture recalls a Chinon from France’s Loire Valley. Moderate tannins and acids make it approachable now; yet will merit aging another year or two. 18.5/20 points.
2007 Hard Row to Hoe Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope ($28) - November 2010 issue
Our second stop [in September] on Lake Chelan’s North Shore was with Don and Judy Phelps. Their Cab Franc displays a brilliant ruby color and aromas of raspberries, cherries, smoke and forest carpet. The medium-full bodied flavors are deliciously ripe and juicy, accompanied by distinct components of licorice and cocoa, underlain with notes of basalt, graham cracker, dried berries, Italian roast and ripe tannins. The chewy, taffeta-like texture on the back recalls a Chinon from the Loire Valley. 18.5/20 points.
2008 Nefarious Cellars Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope, Riverbend Vineyard ($28) - November 2010 issue
This comes from the Wade family vineyard. It exhibits a ruby-crimson color with smoky aromas of blackberries, black cherries and black currants with scents of oriental perfumes. The dark fruits are well saturated and juiced, like macerated berries, underlain with licorice, minerals and graphite, and infused with kirsch liqueur. Tangy cherry and currant juices that are matched by a chewy ripe tannin finish enliven the back. 18.5/20 points.
2008 Cave B Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley ($28) - To be in the February 2011 issue
Blended with 8% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine shows a deep ruby color and sultry, smoky aromas of raspberry, blackberry, cherry, dried roses, lavender and rubbed sage. On the palate, the flavors are thick and chewy, intermixed with notes of licorice, cocoa powder, minerals and earth. On the back, the flavors turn ripe and juicy, with touches of dried orange peel, pomegranate juice and ripe, chewy tannins. 18.5/20 points.
2009 Substance “Cf” Cabernet Franc, Wash. ($20) - To be in the February issue
This wine resembles a young Chinon from France’s Loire Valley, with its deep ruby color and rich, smoky raspberry and cherry nose and crushed rose scents. The bright flavors are well saturated up front, underlain with a taffeta-like texture and intermixed with notes of cocoa, licorice, earth and coffee grounds. The roasted berries persist on the back and lead into a lingering moderate tannin finish. 18+/20 points.
2008 Fjellene Cellars Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley ($28) - To be in the March issue
Sourced from the Waliser Vineyard (Beresan), this is an exemplary Cab Franc. It offers a rich raspberry and black cherry nose with aromas of tobacco, dried roses, smoldering incense and rubbed sage. The medium-bodied flavors are ample, yet well-structured, showing an earthy, tafetta-like texture that recalls a Chinon from the Loire Valley. The background is interwoven with notes of licorice, bittersweet chocolate and French roast. A finely fruited, nutty character persists on the lingering finish. 18.5/20 points.
Here, I think, is a situation were a Washington wine relates more closely to its French origins than most New World wines. I have found California Cabernet Francs to be highly aromatic, smoky and spicy, with notes of green pepper, characteristics that are more restrained in our state's counterparts. As such, Washington Cabernet Francs I find more interesting, and sometimes seductive, wines.
Cabernet Franc and Food Pairings - Washington Cabernet Franc being a savory red lends itself well to many dishes, particularly chicken (roasted, grilled or sauteed), pork (particularly tenderloin) and lamb (especially when braised in Cabernet Franc wine). Note: this is an addendum to the original posting of 25 January.
Next Week - Washington, French and Argentina Malbecs
- Written by Rand Sealey
Hello subscribers, I'm back in Walla Walla for a few weeks, and below are some news items about the wine scene here.
Nicholas Cole Cellars Closing
In October, Mike Neuffer, owner of Nicholas Cole, announced that he was taking an indefinite hiatus from winemaking and moving to Seattle to be closer to his daughters who lost their mother to cancer. Mike has been a major presence in the Valley's winemaking scene and he will be missed. We wish him all the best. The tasting room on E Main street is closed for January, but will reopen in February to sell through existing inventory.
Sleight of Hand Cellars Moving
Trey Busch is moving his winery and tasting room to J.B. George Road, south of Walla Walla. The facility will be located between Waters and Saviah (where Trey has been making his wines). The Grand Opening will be on Spring Release Weekend, May 1 - 3. Watch for an awesome 2008 Illusionist Red to be released.
Rotie Cellars Moving
Sean Boyd is another winemaker on the move. This spring, Rotie Cellars will move to the airport, taking over the building formerly occupied by Mannina Cellars. Watch for a new "petit g" Grenache to be released.
Trio Vintners Sold
Trio Vintners became a duo as Steve Michener and Denise Slattery took control. Now, they have sold the winery to Karen LaBonte, former co-owner of Patit Creek Cellars. The tasting room on S Second is undergoing remodeling and will be reopened later.
More Tasting Room Musical Chairs
Tero Estates, Flying Trout, Locati Cellars and Don Carlo will be opening tasting facilities in the Marcus Whitman Hotel. As things develop, I'll keep you posted. Gramercy Cellars will be opening a new tasting room in Amavi Cellars' old digs on N 13th. It will be interesting to see what happens when Sleight of Hand moves south and Nicolas Cole Cellars closes down.
- Written by Rand Sealey
Is $15 the New "Best Buy" Price Point?
January is traditionally the month when new discounts come up on all kinds of products. After the holiday "sales," merchandisers need to come up with new deals to entice consumers. This holds true for wine as well. As I stated in my last blog (see below) consumers continue to expect "deals" on their wines.
During the past week, I have seen wines on sale at Esquin and in supermarkets for $15 or less that were previously priced at two to five dollars higher. I have picked up several, and after tasting them, have come to the conclusion that $15 or less is the price point at which many consumers are motivated to buy "premium" on sale.
The first four examples come from Columbia Crest and Chateau Ste. Michelle which shows clear evidence of how economies of scale at wineries of their size result in high quality/price ratios.
2009 Columbia Crest H3 Pinot Gris, Horse Heaven Hills (on sale for $11.88 at Thriftway - Regular: $18)
This wine displays a brilliant grayish gold color and a fresh pear, melon and lilac-scented nose and lively, well textured flavors that glide across the palate, picking up notes of grape skin, orange peel, lanolin, minerals and almonds on the way to a lively finish that is accented by touches of grapefruit and passion fruit. 18/20 points.
2008 Columbia Crest H3 "Les Chevaux" Red, Horse Heaven Hills (on sale for $11.88 at Thriftway - Regular: $20)
This wine tastes more expensive than it is. It displays a deep ruby color and a smoky, sultry raspberry and cassis nose with scents of dried roses and rubbed sage. The semi-roasted berry flavors convey a sense of Horse Heaven terroir and the back reveals notes of cocoa powder, licorice and orange peel, followed by a supple ripe tannin finish. 18+/20 points.
2008 Ch. Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot, Columbia Valley (on sale for $13.99 at Esquin - Regular: $20)
This wine offers an intriguing nose of wild raspberries, cherries, plums, sandalwood and dried roses. The dark fruit flavors are thickly textured and underlain with notes of bittersweet chocolate, licorice, coffee grounds and earth. On the back, the chewy texture continues and leads into a supple moderate tannin finish. 18+/20 points.
2007 Ch. Ste. Michelle Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, Canoe Ridge Estate (on sale for $16.99 at Esquin - Regular: $25)
This comes in at $2 higher than $15, but offers extraordinary value. It exhibits a deep ruby color and intense aromatics of blackberry, mulberry, cassis, lavender, rose petals and smoldering incense. The flavors are well saturated and loaded with bittersweet chocolate, licorice, scorched earth and French roast. The flavors thicken further on the back, with sensations of macerated berries, finely ground spices, coffee grounds, orange peel and cinnamon bark laid on a supple ripe tannin finish. 18.5/20 points.
The following are more examples of aggressive price point marketing.
2009 L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon, Columbia Valley (on sale for $10.99 at Esquin and Thriftway - Regular: $18)
Last year, the "special" pricing on this was $13.99, so this is a significant price drop. It offers an attractive nose of pear, peach and cantaloupe with apple blossom scents. The fruit compote flavors are fresh and vibrant, with touches of beeswax, toasted almonds and minerals. A touch of citrus (from 17% Sauvignon Blanc) adds crispness. 18/20 points.
N/V Bookwalter "Subplot No. 24" Red, Columbia Valley (on sale for $12.99 at Esquin - Regular: $20)
This blend of 30% Merlot, 29% Syrah, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and others shows a deep ruby color and a rich nose of blackberry, cherry, cassis, spice and lavender. The flavors are well packed and direct, redolent of macerated berries mixed with bittersweet chocolate, licorice, loamy earth and black tea, and lead into a ripe supple, lightly spiced finish. 18/20 points.
2008 Tamarack Cellars "Firehouse" Red, Columbia Valley (on sale for $12.99 at Metropolitan Market - Regular: $18)
No doubt the increased supply of quality bulk wine has made this possible at this price. A blend of Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot and other grapes, this has an attractive nose of raspberry, cherry, plum, lavender and sage with generous well saturated flavors that show undertones of bittersweet chocolate, licorice, mocha and graphite. The intensity holds up on the back, with gently macerated, spice infused berries on a moderate tannin finish. 18/20 points.
2007 Goose Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley (on sale for $14.99 at Esquin - Regular: $30)
From the vineyards surrounding the winery, just southwest of Richland, this wine packs a lot for the price. It offers a deep garnet color and rich aromas of blackberry, cherry, cassis, cedar, tobacco and dried rose petals. The flavors are thick and supple, with undertones of bittersweet chocolate, licorice, mocha, graphite and espresso. On the back, the chewy texture thickens further with sensations of macerated berries, coffee grounds, earth, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, followed by a sweet-dry tannin finish. 18+/20 points.
2006 Goose Ridge Estate Syrah, Columbia Valley (on sale for $14.99 at Esquin - Regular: $26)
Deep purplish colored, this wine emits rich aromas of blackberry, raspberry, lavender and rubbed sage. The dark fruit flavors are ripe, juicy and well saturated, with a supple texture that is mixed with tones of Swiss chocolate, licorice and minerals. On the back, the dark fruits continue, along with notes of cinnamon bark, pomegranate juice, and coffee on a chewy tannin finish that has been smoothed out with some age. 18/20 points.
- Written by Rand Sealey
Forecasts from the Crystal Ball
Washington Wines' Emerging Greatness - In my blog of 20 December, I observed that great strides are being made in the overall quality and in the peaks of Washington winemaking and that there is even more greatness to come. This will become evident over the coming year.
Washington Wines will Gain Momentum - The profile of Washington wines keeps growing nationwide. The Today Show segment and the accompanying website commentary gave awareness of Washington wines a boost. So did the Wine Spectator cover on Washington wines as well as the Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast's coverage. I expect more such "boosts" this year as Washington wines pique the media's attention to the rising star in the wine world.
Wine Discounting to Continue - Last year, I predicted that dumping of wine at deep discounts would continue well into the year, which it has. I expect it to continue this year. The world wine market is just recovering (rising Champagne sales in 2010 is an indicator) and consumers continue to expect "deals" on their wines. As the economy recovers, this may taper off.
Wine Tasting becomes a Big Business - During the past year, we have seen a growing number of wineries opening tasting rooms, especially in Woodinville and Walla Walla. The opportunity to sample wines and take in the "wine country" ambience is an irresistible lure to tourists and wine aficionados alike. Multiple winery tasting venues such as Urban Enoteca in Seattle's SODO district (see my 1 December blog). And more are expected to open elsewhere.
Direct Marketing will become an Expanding Sales Tool - More and more wineries are turning to direct marketing. Isenhower Cellars has gone entirely to direct sales to consumers. Others are increasing their focus on consumer interfacing, through winery websites and social media such as Facebook. Many wineries now offer extra discounts or free shipping through websites and/or wine clubs.
Wineries to Watch in 2011
Adams Bench - Expect more outstanding wines from Tim and Erica Blue whose 2007 Red Willow Cabernet Sauvignon was one of two 20/20 points wines for 2010. The 2008 Reckoning will be a wine to truly reckon with.
Brian Carter Cellars - Brian has turned out some highly impressive single vineyard, single varietal wines (see the January Review issue) with more to come.
Fielding Hills - Mike Wade has turned out some very fine wines from the family's Riverbend Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. As they develop, these wines are sure to help put this AVA on the map.
Kerloo Cellars - Ryan and Renee Crane released their second vintage, the 2008 Syrahs and Tempranillo, in October. They have some highly promising 2009's in the barrel, including a Grenache and Malbec to be added to the line-up.
Obelisco Estate - See the January issue of the Review of Washington Wines for a Focus write-up on this Red Mountain winery with a tasting room in Woodinville.
Rasa Vineyards - Pinto and Billo' Naravane's '07 Principia Reserve Syrah was the other 20/20 points wine for 2010. Look for a sensational '08 DuBrul Vineyard Cabernet-Merlot Blend to be released this year.
Reasons - See the January issue of the Review for Ned and Susie Morris' wines.
Reininger Cellars - Chuck Reininger has turned out a stellar '07 Carmenere and a superlative '05 Cima "Tuscan-style" blend. Watch for more this year.
Reynvaan Family Vineyards - Mike, Gale and Matt have some fantastic 2009 Syrahs that will be released in fall. The "Stonessence" is a potential 20/20 points wine. See my 12 December blog for a barrel tasting report. The futures are "must buy."
Saviah Cellars - Owner-winemaker Rich Funk is turning out some impressive 2008's and has some highly promising 2009's in the barrel, especially from estate vineyards.
Sleight of Hand Cellars - Trey Busch has some highly promising 2009's in the barrel. Look for the 2009 Levitation Syrah next fall - thick, super ripe black fruits, minerals and earth.
Tero Estates / Flying Trout - Doug and Jan Roskelley's 2008's were highly promising from the barrel, including a seductive "Super Tuscan" red. They are not to be missed. Ashley Trout will turn out more impressive reds from the Malbec and other grapes. Both wineries will be opening a tasting room at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in the near future.
TL Cellars - Watch for Troy Ledwick's Release No. Four, a 2006 Alder Ridge Horse Heaven Cabernet Sauvignon, and No. Seven, a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Pepper Bridge Vineyard.
- Written by Rand Sealey
About this Year's Lists
This year, I have put the two wines scoring 20/20 points at the top, followed by The Next Top Twenty which consists of all wines scoring 19.5 points plus a few particularly memorable 19+ points ones. The following list, The Best of the Rest consists of outstanding wines that are highly recommended. The Best Buys for $25 or Less are wines scoring 18.5 points, or close to that, making them outstanding values. Some wines may be sold out at the winery, but are worth looking for at retail stores. This year, instead of listing the wines alphabetically, as I did last year, they are listed in the order in which they were reviewed, from January to December 2010. Omissions from this list do not necessarily mean that certain wines lack merit. There is not enough space to list all of them here or in my Review of Washington Wines. Also, with the hundreds of wineries now in operation around the state, it is impossible to cover all of them. And I intentionally have left out wines which are allocated, or unavailable in the general market.
The Two Wines of the Year - 20/20 Points
2007 Adams Bench Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, Red Willow Vineyard (March) - sold out
2007 Rasa Vineyards "Principia" Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley (June) - $85
The Next Top Twenty - 19.5/20 Points
2006 DeLille Cellars Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain (January) - $135
2007 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Red, Columbia Valley (February) - $75
2007 Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard Red, Horse Heaven Hills (February) - $56
2007 DeLille Cellars Harrison Hill Red, Yakima Valley (March) - $75
2007 Buty Rediviva of the Stones Red, Walla Walla Valley (May) - sold out
2007 Woodward Canyon "Old Vines" Cabernet Sauvignon, Dedication Series #27 (June) - $79
2007 Cadence "Camerata" Red Mountain, Cara Mia Vineyard (June) - $55
2006 Cadaretta Springboard Red, Columbia Valley (July) - $50
2008 Goedhart Family Syrah, Red Mountain, Bel Villa Vineyard (July) - $50
2007 Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red, Red Mountain (August) - $57
2008 Walla Faces "Winnie" Riesling Ice Wine, Columbia Valley, Lawrence Vineyard (Sept.) $25 (375 ml.)
2009 Maison Bleue "Petite Joie" Marsanne, Yakima Valley, Boushey Vineyard (September) - $32
2006 TL Cellars "Release No. Six" Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley (September) - $65
2008 Sparkman Cellars "Darkness" Syrah, Columbia Valley, Boushey Vineyard (Sept.) - $56
2008 Kerloo Cellars Tempranillo, Columbia Valley (October) - sold out
2007 Col Solare Red, Columbia Valley (October) - $75
2008 Flying Trout Malbec, Columbia Valley (November) - $35
2007 Tero Estates Windrow Red Blend, Walla Walla Valley (November) - $45
2008 Gramercy Cellars "The Third Man" Red (December) - $45
2008 Reynvaan Family Vineyards "In the Rocks" Syrah, Walla Walla Valley (December) - $50
The Best of the Rest - 19/20 Points
2007 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Artist's Series #16 (January) - $50
2007 Spring Valley Vineyard "Nina Lee" Syrah, Walla Walla Valley (February) - sold out
2007 Adams Bench "The V" Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley (February) - $42
2004 TL Cellars "Release No. One" Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley (February) - $50
2007 JM Cellars "Tre Faniculli" Red, Columbia Valley (March) - $42
2007 O'Shea Scarbrough "Stand Alone" Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills (March) - $55
2007 Seven Hills Vintage Red, Red Mountain, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard (April) - $32
2008 Maison Bleue "Liberte" Syrah, Yakima Valley, Boushey Vineyard (April) - $39
2007 Bunnell Family Cellar Syrah, Wahluke Slope, Clifton Vineyard (April) - $43
2007 Spring Valley Vineyard "Uriah" Red, Walla Walla Valley (April) - $50
2007 Rasa Vineyards "Vox Populi" Mourvedre, Yakima Valley, Minick Vineyard (April) - $45
2007 Brian Carter Cellars "Corrida" Red, Columbia Valley (May) - $36
2007 Waters Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, Forgotten Hills Vineyard (May) - sold out
2007 Waters Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, Pepper Bridge Vineyard (May) - $40
2008 Buty Merlot-Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley (May) - $40
2007 Betz Family "Clos de Betz" Red, Columbia Valley (May) - $48
2007 Efeste "Big Papa" Cabernet Sauvigno, Columbia Valley (May) - sold out
2008 McCrea Cellars Counoise, Red Mountain, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard (June) - $32
2006 McCrea Cellars "Amerique" Syrah, Yakima Valley (June) - $34
2009 Rasa Vineyards "The Composer" Riesling, Columbia Valley, Sagemoor Vineyards (June) - $30
2007 Sinclair Estates "Pentatonic" Red, Columbia Valley (June) - $55
2007 Cadence "Bel Canto" Red Mountain, Cara Mia Vineyard (June) - $55
2007 Cadaretta "Windthrow" Red, Columbia Valley (July) - $50
2007 Cadaretta "Highclimber" Sangiovese, Columbia Valley (July) - $50
2007 Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley (July) - $45
2007 Waters Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley (July) - $50
2007 Fidelitas Red Mountain Red Wine (July) - $50
2007 Fidelitas Boushey Vineyard Red, Yakima Valley (July) - $50
2007 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah, Columbia Valley (July) - $50
2007 Grand Reve Collaboration Series II Red Wine, Red Mountain, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard (August) - $55
2007 Grand Reve Collaboration Series III Syrah, Red Mountain, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard (August) - $55
2007 L'Ecole No. 41 "Apogee" Red, Walla Walla Valley, Pepper Bridge Vineyard (August) - $49
2007 L'Ecole No. 41 "Perigee" Red, Walla Walla Valley, Seven Hills Estate Vineyard (August) - $49
2007 Pepper Bridge Merlot, Walla Walla Valley (August) - $50
2007 Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley (August) - $55
2006 Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon XII, Columbia Valley (August) - $45
2007 aMaurice Cellars "The Horiuchi" Red Bend, Columbia Valley (September) - $35
2007 Saviah Cerllars Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley (September) - $35
2009 Maison Bleue "Au Contraire" Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, French Creek Vineyard (September) - $20
2009 Maison Bleue "Soleil" Roussanne, Yakima Valley, Olsen Vineyard (September) - $32
2008 TL Cellars "Release No. Five" Grenache, Columbia Valley (September) - $65
2007 Kerloo Cellars Syrah, Walla Walla Valley (October) - $32
2007 Kerloo Cellars Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, Les Collines Vineyard (October) - $32
2008 O'Shea Scarborough "Black Cask" Syrah, Yakima Valley (October) - $35
2008 Mark Ryan "Wild Eyed" Syrah, Red Mountain (October) - $45
2008 Mark Ryan "Lost Soul" Syrah, Yakima Valley, Les Vignes de Marcoux (October) - $48
2007 :Nota Bene Ciel du Cheval Red, Red Mountain (November) - $35
2008 Fielding Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, Riverbend Vineyard (November - Note: this was rated 18.5+ points in this issue; in retasting recently, it has advanced to 19 points.) - $42
2008 Flying Trout "The Brook Blend" Horse Heaven Hills (December) - $33
2008 Buty "BEAST" Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, Phinny Hill Vineyard (December) - $40
2008 Sleight of Hand "Levitation" Syrah, Columbia Valley (December) - $40
2008 Gramercy Cellars "Inigo Montoya Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley (December) - $45
2008 Reynvaan Family Vineyards "The Unnamed" Syrah, Walla Walla Valley (December) - $45
2007 SYZYGY Saros 154 Red Blend, Columbia Valley (December) - $45
Best Buys for $25 or Less - 18.5/20 Points or More
2007 Davenport Cellars "R.H.D." Red, Columbia Valley (February) - $24
2007 Davenport Cellars Continuity Red, Columbia Valley (February) - $24
2007 Waterbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley (March) - $22
2007 Waterbrook Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley (March) - $22
2008 Maison Bleue "La Roque" Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills (April) - $25
2009 Robison Ranch Cellars Viognier, Walla Walla Valley (May) - $19
2008 McCrea Cellars Sirocco Blanc, Yakima Valley, Boushey Vineyard (May) - $25
2008 McCrea Cellars Grenache Blanc, Yakima Valley, Boushey Vineyard (June) - $25
2008 McCrea Cellars Syrah, Yakima Valley (June) - $25
2009 Bergevin Lane Vineyards Viognier, Columbia Valley (July) - $25
2009 Maison Bleue "Jaja" White, Yakima Valley (September) - $17
2009 Maison Bleue "Au Contraire" Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, French Creek Vineyard (Sept.) - $20
2009 William Church Viognier, Columbia Valley (September) - $21
2009 Long Shadows Poet's Leap Riesling, Columbia Valley (September) - $20
2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, Columbia Valley, Cold Creek Vineyard (Sept.) - $17
2009 Tempus Cellars Riesling, Columbia Valley (October) - $16
2008 Fidelitas Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley (October) - $25
2009 Nefarious Cellars Riesling, Columbia Valley, Stone's Throw Vineyard (October) - $18
2007 Lost River Cellars Syrah, Walla Walla Valley (October) - $24
2009 El Corazon "Supernova" Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills (November) - $23
2007 Tero Estates Tero Red, Walla Walla Valley (November) - $24
2007 Nicholas Cole Cellars "Gra Eagle Red Wing," Walla Walla Valley (December) - $25
Top New Wineries of 2010
Barrage Cellars, Woodinville - Kevin Correll
Goedhart Family, Red Mountain - Brent and Sarah Goedhart
Hard Row to Hoe, Chelan - Don and Judy Phelps
Hestia Cellars, Woodinville - Shannon and Angie Jones
JB Neufeld, Yakima - Justin and Brooke Neufeld
Laurelhurst Cellars, Seattle - Gabe Warner, Dave Halbgewachs and Greg Smallwood
Locati Cellars, Walla Walla - Michael and Penne Locati
Mackey Vineyards, Walla Walla - Philip and Roger Mackey
Reynvaan Family Vineyards, Walla Walla - Mike & Gale Reynvaan and Matt Reynvaan
Robison Ranch Cellars, Walla Walla - Jim & Jane Robison and Brad & Ruth Riordan
Sinclair Estate Vineyards, Walla Walla - Tim and Kathy Sinclair
Sweet Valley Wines, Walla Walla - Josh McDaniels and family & friends
Tempus Cellars, Walla Walla - Joe Forest
Tero Estates, Walla Walla - Doug & Jan Roskelley and Mike & Jude Tembruell
Walla Faces, Walla Walla - Rick and Debbie Johnson
Two more newcomers to be reviewed in January:
Obelisco Estates - Woodinville - Doug Long, Paul Kaltnick and Dick Shaw
Reasons Winery, Walla Walla - Ned and Suzie Morris
Coming Next: Predictions for 2011 and Wineries to Watch in 2011