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Seattle, WA -- Jun 23, 2020

2020 WWI Virtual Annual Membership Meeting Thursday, June 25, 10 AM - 12:30 PM RSVP to CT Moen at ct@wwi.wineSPEAKER HIGHLIGHTExperience Audit For Progressive Stage 2 and 3 Reopenings in Washington Tasting RoomsByron Marlowe, Ph.D. is the Don Smith Distinguished Professor of Hospitality Business Management and directs Washington State University's Wine & Beverage Business Management program. Dr. Marlowe will be covering Phase 2 and 3 Reopening best practices for wineries. Byron worked with WWI in May to create the Phase 2 reopening guidelines, best practices, and checklist for wineries and will be prepared to share his knowledge on this topic and answer questions as time allows. He is faculty in the Carson College of Business, School of Hospitality Business Management at the WSU Tri-Cities campus. Byron is also an International Business Fellow, Honors College and Gradate Faculty member at Washington State University. ... See MoreSee Less

2020 WWI Virtual Annual Membership Meeting 

Thursday, June 25, 10 AM - 12:30 PM
 
RSVP to CT Moen at ct@wwi.wine

SPEAKER HIGHLIGHT

Experience Audit For Progressive Stage 2 and 3 Reopenings in Washington Tasting Rooms

Byron Marlowe, Ph.D. is the Don Smith Distinguished Professor of Hospitality Business Management and directs Washington State Universitys Wine & Beverage Business Management program. 

Dr. Marlowe will be covering Phase 2 and 3 Reopening best practices for wineries. Byron worked with WWI in May to create the Phase 2 reopening guidelines, best practices, and checklist for wineries and will be prepared to share his knowledge on this topic and answer questions as time allows. He is faculty in the Carson College of Business, School of Hospitality Business Management at the WSU Tri-Cities campus. Byron is also an International Business Fellow, Honors College and Gradate Faculty member at Washington State University.
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Seattle, WA -- Jul 9, 2020

La RataBlessed with one of the most exquisite palates that I have seen, Elizabeth Bourcier is quietly making some of the finest wines in North America. She is astute, humble and full of amazing insight into not only her wine, the elusive and nearly impossible to find La Rata, but the entire lineup of Cayuse wines. Her La Rata is one of the great cult wines that you will find on the west coast. Originally initially inspired by the insanely good Clos Erasmus wines of the Priorat region, Elizabeth made the bold decision blend both Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon together, since they wines tend to ripen at the similar times. Elizabeth chose to use Grenache from Armada Vineyard and Cabernet Sauvignon from En Cerise Vineyard. Now she has added a touch of Syrah to the equation. The wine was named “The Rat.” And then Spanglish-cized: ‘La Rata’. The name ‘La Rata’ also connects with Elizabeth, as her zodiac sign is the rat. The new 2017 La Rata Red Wine (WWB, 96) is every bit as good and the 2016 edition. The finesse in this wine is just dazzling as it offers insanely good aromatic and flavor range. I tried the ’17 with the ’16 and found that the ’16 was a touch more towards weight, while the 2017 had an extra level of minerality. It is a stunner and must purchase for any serious Washington and Oregon wine collector. The 2017 ‘La Rata’ will soon be offered by Full Pull Wines and is very challenging to find in the retail market even on winebid.com. Learn more at laratawines.com/wines.html Here is my review of the scintillating 2017 La Rata Red Wine by Elizabeth Bourcier of Cayuse Vineyards.2017 La Rata Red Wine- The 2017 La Rata Red Wine is a tour de force from the Walla Walla Valley. A head-turning blend of 61% Grenache with 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, this wine by superstar vigneronne Elizabeth Bourcier was inspired of the famed houses in Priorat, particularly Clos Erasmus and Clos Mogador. The stony terroir aromatically really inspires alongside the Umami, peat moss, blood orange zest and pretty red fruits that all dance in unison. The palate shows great depth and concentration but also remarkable finesse. Layers of seaweed and Hoisin sauce march on with the core of salted pomegranate seed, wild blackberry compote, bulls blood and wet stone on the palate. The remarkable length and tension really add to the enjoyment here. Truly sensational in its youth, the 2017 La Rata will provide drinking enjoyment for at least another decade — but why wait? Drink 2020-2032- 96 ... See MoreSee Less

La Rata

Blessed with one of the most exquisite palates that I have seen, Elizabeth Bourcier is quietly making some of the finest wines in North America. She is astute, humble and full of amazing insight into not only her wine, the elusive and nearly impossible to find La Rata, but the entire lineup of Cayuse wines. Her La Rata is one of the great cult wines that you will find on the west coast. 
Originally initially inspired by the insanely good Clos Erasmus wines of the Priorat region, Elizabeth made the bold decision blend both Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon together, since they wines tend to ripen at the similar times. Elizabeth chose to use Grenache from Armada Vineyard and Cabernet Sauvignon from En Cerise Vineyard. Now she has added a touch of Syrah to the equation. The wine was named “The Rat.” And then Spanglish-cized: ‘La Rata’. The name ‘La Rata’ also connects with Elizabeth, as her zodiac sign is the rat.  
The new 2017 La Rata Red Wine (WWB, 96) is every bit as good and the 2016 edition. The finesse in this wine is just dazzling as it offers insanely good aromatic and flavor range. I tried the ’17 with the ’16 and found that the ’16 was a touch more towards weight, while the 2017 had an extra level of minerality. It is a stunner and must purchase for any serious Washington and Oregon wine collector. The 2017 ‘La Rata’ will soon be offered by Full Pull Wines and is very challenging to find in the retail market even on winebid.com. Learn more at http://laratawines.com/wines.html Here is my review of the scintillating 2017 La Rata Red Wine by Elizabeth Bourcier of Cayuse Vineyards.

2017 La Rata Red Wine- The 2017 La Rata Red Wine is a tour de force from the Walla Walla Valley. A head-turning blend of 61% Grenache with 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, this wine by superstar vigneronne Elizabeth Bourcier was inspired of the famed houses in Priorat, particularly Clos Erasmus and Clos Mogador. The stony terroir aromatically really inspires alongside the Umami, peat moss, blood orange zest and pretty red fruits that all dance in unison. The palate shows great depth and concentration but also remarkable finesse. Layers of seaweed and Hoisin sauce march on with the core of salted pomegranate seed, wild blackberry compote, bulls blood and wet stone on the palate. The remarkable length and tension really add to the enjoyment here. Truly sensational in its youth, the 2017 La Rata will provide drinking enjoyment for at least another decade — but why wait? Drink 2020-2032- 96

Seattle, WA -- Jul 8, 2020

HALLA winery with serious prestige, HALL was founded in 1992 by Katheryn and Craig Hall. What was initially a very simply constructed tasting room, roughly ten years ago HALL have built one of the most beautiful, state of the art, wineries in Napa. This is a must visit for any serious Napa enophile. I always enjoy my visits to this special spot in St. Helena and although I will not have a chance to visit this year with the current Covid-19 pandemic, I will very much look forward to my 2021 visit. HALL also have two separate lines, WALT (focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) and BACA (Focusing on Zinfandel) that are seriously good in their own right. I have been blown away with the consistency of these wines, particularly in recent years. It is clear that the focus on quality is paramount as this winery has not only been blessed with an exceptional run of vintages but has been known to succeed even in the more challenging vintages like 2010 and 2011. HALL now makes two lower priced Cabernet Sauvignons that are really good. I loved the 2016 HALL ‘Craig’s’ Cabernet Sauvignon (WWB, 92) and their 2016 HALL ‘Craig’s Second Bottling’ Cabernet Sauvignon (WWB, 92) which are equally good and represent a tremendous value in Napa. The new 2017 HALL Cabernet Sauvignon (WWB, 93) is a dense treat that delivers a long finish. Learn more about these beautiful wines at hallwines.com Here are the fantastic new release wines by HALL.2016 HALL ‘Craig’s’ Cabernet Sauvignon- The 2016 HALL ‘Craig’s’ shows deep dark fruits with shades of chocolate fudge and sagebrush undertones on the nose. The palate has good acidity with layers of mocha, anise and blackberry compote, with shades of black cherry cordial and minerals. Enjoy this beautiful new wine in the short-term. Drink 2020-2028- 922016 HALL ‘Craig’s Second Bottling’ Cabernet Sauvignon- The ‘Craig’s Second Bottling’ is a silky blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot that was aged in 65% new French oak for 22 months before bottling. Dense and chewy, with gorgeous layers of violets, creme de cassis, anise and graphite all amalgamate on the palate. With great length and viscosity, I can see this cellaring well for another decade or more. Drink 2020-2030- 922017 HALL Cabernet Sauvignon- The 2017 HALL Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful, age-worthy release that is already brilliant on its release. Shades of sandalwood and mocha, with tar and blackberry compote all combine aromatically in the glass. The palate is dense and plush, showing a soft, rich texture. Layers of blueberry pie and black tea, alongside Asian spices and mocha all artfully dance together on the palate. The long, gratifying finish accentuates this great new release. Already delicious in its youth, the 2017 HALL Cabernet Sauvignon will provide drinking enjoyment for another decade to come. Drink 2020-2030- 93 ... See MoreSee Less

HALL

A winery with serious prestige, HALL was founded in 1992 by Katheryn and Craig Hall. What was initially a very simply constructed tasting room, roughly ten years ago HALL have built one of the most beautiful, state of the art, wineries in Napa. This is a must visit for any serious Napa enophile. I always enjoy my visits to this special spot in St. Helena and although I will not have a chance to visit this year with the current Covid-19 pandemic, I will very much look forward to my 2021 visit.  
HALL also have two separate lines, WALT (focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) and BACA (Focusing on Zinfandel) that are seriously good in their own right. I have been blown away with the consistency of these wines, particularly in recent years. It is clear that the focus on quality is paramount as this winery has not only been blessed with an exceptional run of vintages but has been known to succeed even in the more challenging vintages like 2010 and 2011. HALL now makes two lower priced Cabernet Sauvignons that are really good. I loved the 2016 HALL ‘Craig’s’ Cabernet Sauvignon (WWB, 92) and their 2016 HALL ‘Craig’s Second Bottling’ Cabernet Sauvignon (WWB, 92) which are equally good and represent a tremendous value in Napa. The new 2017 HALL Cabernet Sauvignon (WWB, 93) is a dense treat that delivers a long finish. Learn more about these beautiful wines at hallwines.com Here are the fantastic new release wines by HALL.

2016 HALL ‘Craig’s’ Cabernet Sauvignon- The 2016 HALL ‘Craig’s’ shows deep dark fruits with shades of chocolate fudge and sagebrush undertones on the nose. The palate has good acidity with layers of mocha, anise and blackberry compote, with shades of black cherry cordial and minerals. Enjoy this beautiful new wine in the short-term. Drink 2020-2028- 92

2016 HALL ‘Craig’s Second Bottling’ Cabernet Sauvignon- The ‘Craig’s Second Bottling’ is a silky blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot that was aged in 65% new French oak for 22 months before bottling. Dense and chewy, with gorgeous layers of violets, creme de cassis, anise and graphite all amalgamate on the palate. With great length and viscosity, I can see this cellaring well for another decade or more. Drink 2020-2030- 92

2017 HALL Cabernet Sauvignon- The 2017 HALL Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful, age-worthy release that is already brilliant on its release. Shades of sandalwood and mocha, with tar and blackberry compote all combine aromatically in the glass. The palate is dense and plush, showing a soft, rich texture. Layers of blueberry pie and black tea, alongside Asian spices and mocha all artfully dance together on the palate. The long, gratifying finish accentuates this great new release. Already delicious in its youth, the 2017 HALL Cabernet Sauvignon will provide drinking enjoyment for another decade to come. Drink 2020-2030- 93
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Seattle, WA -- Jul 11, 2020

We’re one month away from our online auction! It all begins on August 11 with our Virtual Gala happening on August 15. Our events may look different, but the spirit behind them is the same. We look forward to joining you in supporting Seattle Children's, WSU Viticulture & Enology Program and elevating awareness of the wonderful wines from our state! ... See MoreSee Less

We’re one month away from our online auction! It all begins on August 11 with our Virtual Gala happening on August 15. Our events may look different, but the spirit behind them is the same. 

We look forward to joining you in supporting Seattle Childrens, WSU Viticulture & Enology Program and elevating awareness of the wonderful wines from our state!

Seattle, WA -- Jul 10, 2020

Washington State Wine has announced a new reopening campaign: Drink. For WA. To participate, visit a tasting room, buy a bottle of Washington wine, have a glass with dinner, and post your experience with their hashtag #drinkforwa. ... See MoreSee Less

Washington State Wine has announced a new reopening campaign: Drink. For WA. To participate, visit a tasting room, buy a bottle of Washington wine, have a glass with dinner, and post your experience with their hashtag #DrinkForWA.

Seattle, WA -- Jul 9, 2020

Winemaking is still a male-dominated industry, but the women of Washington are making a splash. Hear from Lisa Packer of Warr-King Wines, Leah Adint of Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and Jessica Munnell of Wautoma Springs in our next Virtual Tasting Series on July 16 at 4:00 pm. Want to taste along with host and AWW Honorary Chair Karen MacNeil? Get your wine orders in through Esquin Wine Merchants! We will be tasting Chateau Ste. Michelle’s 2015 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley; Warr-King Wines’ 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Kiona Vineyard, Red Mountain; Wautoma Springs’ 2016 Behemoth Cabernet Sauvignon, Wautoma Springs Vineyard, Columbia Valley.Presented by Wells Fargo. bit.ly/2Yttbkk ... See MoreSee Less

Winemaking is still a male-dominated industry, but the women of Washington are making a splash. Hear from Lisa Packer of Warr-King Wines, Leah Adint of Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and Jessica Munnell of Wautoma Springs in our next Virtual Tasting Series on July 16 at 4:00 pm. 

Want to taste along with host and AWW Honorary Chair Karen MacNeil? Get your wine orders in through Esquin Wine Merchants! We will be tasting Chateau Ste. Michelle’s 2015 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley; Warr-King Wines’ 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Kiona Vineyard, Red Mountain; Wautoma Springs’ 2016 Behemoth Cabernet Sauvignon, Wautoma Springs Vineyard, Columbia Valley.

Presented by Wells Fargo. https://bit.ly/2Yttbkk

Seattle, WA -- Jul 8, 2020

Meet Leyla!Leyla Gonzalez fell in love with the Washington wine industry at a very young age. Early on she was asking questions about plant life and the process of winemaking. Leyla is a senior at Bickleton High School and plans to attend Yakima Valley College in the fall to obtain her associate’s degree in vineyard technology while continuing to work in the vineyards to expand her knowledge and experience. She then hopes to transfer to Washington State University’s viticulture and enology program. Leyla was awarded a Clore Scholarship, Horse Heaven Hills Scholarship, and a Foundation Fund Scholarship. Visit washingtonwinefoundation.org/scholarships/ to learn more about our 2020 Scholarship Recipients! ... See MoreSee Less

Meet Leyla!
Leyla Gonzalez fell in love with the Washington wine industry at a very young age. Early on she was asking questions about plant life and the process of winemaking. Leyla is a senior at Bickleton High School and plans to attend Yakima Valley College in the fall to obtain her associate’s degree in vineyard technology while continuing to work in the vineyards to expand her knowledge and experience. She then hopes to transfer to Washington State University’s viticulture and enology program. Leyla was awarded a Clore Scholarship, Horse Heaven Hills Scholarship, and a Foundation Fund Scholarship. 
Visit http://washingtonwinefoundation.org/scholarships/ to learn more about our 2020 Scholarship Recipients!

Seattle, WA -- Jul 8, 2020

Want to taste wine like a sommelier? Follow the five S’s: See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip and Savor. This allows the taster to look for clarity and varietal character while tasting the expressiveness and complexity of the wine. To judge the color, wine is best seen against a white background. Put your skills to the test during our Virtual Tasting Series! bit.ly/2Yttbkk #WineFactWednesday🍷Photo by Duval Images. ... See MoreSee Less

Want to taste wine like a sommelier? Follow the five S’s: See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip and Savor. This allows the taster to look for clarity and varietal character while tasting the expressiveness and complexity of the wine. To judge the color, wine is best seen against a white background. 

Put your skills to the test during our Virtual Tasting Series! https://bit.ly/2Yttbkk #WineFactWednesday🍷

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Seattle, WA -- Jul 7, 2020

#DrinkForWA because we’re all in this together. Washington State Wine has created a statewide campaign to support local wineries, restaurants, hospitality, and tourism as we begin to open with limited hours and capacity. Post, tag and share the following hashtags to let your favorite wineries know you’re here to support!#DrinkForWA#EatForWA#StayForWA#PlayForWAPhoto credit: Duval Images. ... See MoreSee Less

#DrinkForWA because we’re all in this together.
 
Washington State Wine has created a statewide campaign to support local wineries, restaurants, hospitality, and tourism as we begin to open with limited hours and capacity. Post, tag and share the following hashtags to let your favorite wineries know you’re here to support!
#DrinkForWA
#EatForWA
#StayForWA
#PlayForWA

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Seattle, WA -- Jul 7, 2020

Thank you to our SUSTAIN Annual Partners for their generous support of the foundation and the Washington Wine Industry: Bleyhl Co•op​, Coventry Vale Vineyards​, Dalee Vineyard, Northwest Farm Credit Services​, and Banner Bank. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to our SUSTAIN Annual Partners for their generous support of the foundation and the Washington Wine Industry: Bleyhl Co•op​, Coventry Vale Vineyards​, Dalee Vineyard, Northwest Farm Credit Services​, and Banner Bank.

Seattle, WA -- Jul 6, 2020

We are just one week away from our 20th Annual Wine Cup® Golf Tournament. A big thank you to our sponsors for helping make this event possible! ... See MoreSee Less

We are just one week away from our 20th Annual Wine Cup® Golf Tournament. A big thank you to our sponsors for helping make this event possible!

Seattle, WA -- Jul 6, 2020

Don’t let the summer season pass without a wine tasting. 🌞 Our Virtual Tasting Series has five sessions left to learn about — and taste — some of our favorite Washington wines. Order now from Esquin Wine Merchants to taste with us! bit.ly/2zjp6pc ... See MoreSee Less

Don’t let the summer season pass without a wine tasting. 🌞 Our Virtual Tasting Series has five sessions left to learn about — and taste — some of our favorite Washington wines. Order now from Esquin Wine Merchants to taste with us! https://bit.ly/2zjp6pc

Seattle, WA -- Jul 3, 2020

We hope you all have a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend! Which Washington wine will be on your table? 🍇Photo credit: Duval Images. ... See MoreSee Less

We hope you all have a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend! Which Washington wine will be on your table? 🍇

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Seattle, WA -- Jul 2, 2020

Special thanks to Coventry Vale Vineyards for supporting the Foundation as a SUSTAIN Annual Partner!Coventry Vale is one of Washington's largest wineries, selling wine to wineries throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, and Japan. Tours are available by appointment and the winery can be reached at (509) 882-4100. ... See MoreSee Less

Special thanks to Coventry Vale Vineyards for supporting the Foundation as a SUSTAIN Annual Partner!

Coventry Vale is one of Washingtons largest wineries, selling wine to wineries throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, and Japan. 

Tours are available by appointment and the winery can be reached at (509) 882-4100.

Seattle, WA -- Jul 2, 2020

#TBT to last year’s Winemaker Picnic with representatives from Double Canyon, Cairdeas Winery and Col Solare Winery. 🍷 This year’s online and virtual events will be a bit different, but we’re excited nonetheless! ... See MoreSee Less

#TBT to last year’s Winemaker Picnic with representatives from Double Canyon, Cairdeas Winery and Col Solare Winery. 🍷 This year’s online and virtual events will be a bit different, but we’re excited nonetheless!

Seattle, WA -- Jul 1, 2020

Meet Trinity!Trinity Willsey grew up on her family's vineyard in Wapato. She worked in the vineyard and learned firsthand what hard work was. Fascinated by science, she plans to major in biochemistry at Washington State University this fall. Trinity aspires to open her own winery one day. She was awarded a Walter Clore Scholarship, Foundation Fund Scholarship, and the George and Susan Carter Scholarship. Visit washingtonwinefoundation.org/scholarships/ to learn more about our 2020 Scholarship Recipients! ... See MoreSee Less

Meet Trinity!
Trinity Willsey grew up on her familys vineyard in Wapato. She worked in the vineyard and learned firsthand what hard work was. Fascinated by science, she plans to major in biochemistry at Washington State University this fall. Trinity aspires to open her own winery one day. She was awarded a Walter Clore Scholarship, Foundation Fund Scholarship, and the George and Susan Carter Scholarship. 
Visit http://washingtonwinefoundation.org/scholarships/ to learn more about our 2020 Scholarship Recipients!

Seattle, WA -- Jul 1, 2020

When it comes to storing wine, some experts recommend keeping the bottle sideways; the wine pushed against the cork keeps it from drying out. All experts can agree: Wine is best stored at 55°F, which is why some people opt for a wine cellar! #WineFactWednesday ... See MoreSee Less

When it comes to storing wine, some experts recommend keeping the bottle sideways; the wine pushed against the cork keeps it from drying out. All experts can agree: Wine is best stored at 55°F, which is why some people opt for a wine cellar! #WineFactWednesday

Seattle, WA -- Jul 1, 2020

Join second gen winemakers tomorrow at our Virtual Tasting Series as they discuss family winemaking with Karen MacNeil. Featuring Mercer Estates, J Bookwalter Wines and Novelty Hill-Januik Winery. Presented by Wells Fargo.Don’t forget, you can still order wine to taste along via Esquin Wine Merchants: bit.ly/2zjp6pc ... See MoreSee Less

Join second gen winemakers tomorrow at our Virtual Tasting Series as they discuss family winemaking with Karen MacNeil. Featuring Mercer Estates, J Bookwalter Wines and Novelty Hill-Januik Winery. Presented by Wells Fargo.

Don’t forget, you can still order wine to taste along via Esquin Wine Merchants: https://bit.ly/2zjp6pc

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Seattle, WA -- Jul 10, 2020

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Seattle, WA -- Jul 9, 2020

I wrote recently about the increase in quality and diversity of Rhone-style whites in Washington. I also wrote about the strength of the 2019 vintage white wines in terms of their acidity. Here’s a group of wines that sit at the nexus of those two things.Sean Boyd at Rotie Cellars is making some of the most thrilling, unique white wines in Washington. The three wines profiled here are examples. I’ve listed the percent alcohol on the bottle to give a sense of the vintage and producer, although we all know there is significant wiggle in these numbers. To my palate, these numbers tasted about right though.The first is the Northern White. It’s about two thirds Marsanne and one third Roussanne. Pear, nectarine and seashell aromas lead to sleek, tart flavors that show a lot of depth. Also of note, it’s Walla Walla Valley designated, with white wines from the valley an emerging trend, as I have written about previously for Wine Enthusiast. 12.5% listed.In the Southern White, Viognier takes the lead, with the rest Roussanne and Marsanne. There’s plenty of lemon balm, wet rock and white flower aromas followed by flavors that bring intensity and lively acidity. Gorgeous wine. 12.2% listed. The most acid driven of the bunch, as one would expect, is the Grenache Blanc. It takes time to fully settle in, as some new vintage whites do this time of year, but once it does, wow! Talc, wet stone, and lemon aromas are followed by a tart, puckering palate. 12.9% listed. Taken individually, the wines are all unique, high quality, and tremendously exciting. Taken together, they show the strength of this producer’s whites as well as the strength of the vintage, particularly for people who appreciate a more reserved style, where acid plays a strong role. A careful eye will also note from this picture that, over a series of several days, my wife and I drank each of these wines to the bottom. That does not happen often in my line of work, as I'm always opening up new bottles to try or drinking outside the region. It only happens when something really, really captures my attention and I keep coming back to it. These are all attention getting wines, all highly recommended, ... See MoreSee Less

I wrote recently about the increase in quality and diversity of Rhone-style whites in Washington. I also wrote about the strength of the 2019 vintage white wines in terms of their acidity. Here’s a group of wines that sit at the nexus of those two things.

Sean Boyd at Rotie Cellars is making some of the most thrilling, unique white wines in Washington. The three wines profiled here are examples. I’ve listed the percent alcohol on the bottle to give a sense of the vintage and producer, although we all know there is significant wiggle in these numbers. To my palate, these numbers tasted about right though.

The first is the Northern White. It’s about two thirds Marsanne and one third Roussanne. Pear, nectarine and seashell aromas lead to sleek, tart flavors that show a lot of depth. Also of note, it’s Walla Walla Valley designated, with white wines from the valley an emerging trend, as I have written about previously for Wine Enthusiast. 12.5% listed.

In the Southern White, Viognier takes the lead, with the rest Roussanne and Marsanne. There’s plenty of lemon balm, wet rock and white flower aromas followed by flavors that bring intensity and lively acidity. Gorgeous wine. 12.2% listed. 

The most acid driven of the bunch, as one would expect, is the Grenache Blanc. It takes time to fully settle in, as some new vintage whites do this time of year, but once it does, wow! Talc, wet stone, and lemon aromas are followed by a tart, puckering palate. 12.9% listed. 

Taken individually, the wines are all unique, high quality, and tremendously exciting. Taken together, they show the strength of this producer’s whites as well as the strength of the vintage, particularly for people who appreciate a more reserved style, where acid plays a strong role. A careful eye will also note from this picture that, over a series of several days, my wife and I drank each of these wines to the bottom. That does not happen often in my line of work, as Im always opening up new bottles to try or drinking outside the region. It only happens when something really, really captures my attention and I keep coming back to it. These are all attention getting wines, all highly recommended,

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Seattle, WA -- Jul 9, 2020

Check out what's coming up this August. Click on the link below to register. www.wawinegrowers.org/event/WSFSC2020 ... See MoreSee Less

Check out whats coming up this August. Click on the link below to register. 
https://www.wawinegrowers.org/event/WSFSC2020

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