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Seattle, WA -- Mar 26, 2020

We have one update for you today in regards to Governor Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order and what it means for wineries. Taxes DeferredGovernor Inslee yesterday signed Proclamation 20-05, which allows the WSLCB to waive the penalties for failure to timely remit tax payments until April 22. This does not waive taxes due but temporarily allows for a late payment without assessing automatic, statute-directed penalties. To be eligible for deferment: Continue to submit sales reports to the WSLCB, even if you are not able to pay on time. Submit requests to pay late & have penalties waived by email to beerwinetaxes@lcb.wa.gov.As a reminder, Washington wineries may continue all currently allowed activities, as the wine industry falls under the "essential workforce" category of agriculture. Although wineries and tasting rooms must be closed for in-person tastings and events, wineries may offer sales to-go, curbside sales and deliveries under proper social distancing recommendations. Please refer to the article on our website for details on all current restrictions and allowances.Please contact us if we can help answer questions or otherwise be helpful. We are all in this together. ... See MoreSee Less

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Seattle, WA -- Mar 30, 2020

GoldeneyeOne of the great Mendocino producers of Pinot Noir, Goldeneye is a Duckhorn venture located in Philo, California in the heart of the Anderson Valley. Famed Domaine Serene winemaker Michael Fay was at Goldeneye before moving north and they rely on the talented Katey Larwood for winemaking, as I interviewed her last year. Katey has experience working harvests across the globe and began studying wine while attending school in Santa Barbara. Her wines have been really good since she has been at the helm.I love the new releases which come from a more challenging vintage in the region. While the richness might not be as profound as their 2016 wines, the 2017 wines have brilliant terroir and show the great salinity from their close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Goldeneye has three estate vineyards (Confluence, Gowan Creek and The Narrows) in the Anderson Valley encompassing 200 vine acres and more than 20 Pinot Noir clones. I thought that the 2017 Goldeneye ‘Confluence Vineyard’ Pinot Noir (WWB, 93) was downright awesome, showing good balance, good bright red fruits and a silky mouthfeel. Learn more about these outstanding Pinot Noirs at www.goldeneyewinery.com Here are the great new releases by Goldeneye. 2017 Goldeneye ‘Confluence Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- This takes the lead with aromas of teaberry and citrus rind with damp earth accents round out the expressive nose. The balance and purity of fruit is lovely as ripe strawberry and cran-orange flavors collide with minerals and potting soil tones. As this opens it continues to impress with its silky texture and soft mouthfeel that adds to the enjoyment. The brightness, light salinity and intensity of the wine is lovely. Fantastic in its youth, the Narrows Vineyard Pinot Noir will show well for decades to come. Drink 2020-2032- 932017 Goldeneye ‘The Narrows Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- Sourced from this great Anderson Valley vineyard, this shows lovely damp soil with huckleberry compote and shades of cinnamon infused red cherry aromatics that take shape in the glass. The balance of the wine is really good as medium to full-bodied red and dark fruit flavors provide a lasting effect. While slightly less complex than the 2017 ‘Confluence Vineyard’ bottling, it is downright delicious to savor in its youth. 2020-2030- 922017 Goldeneye ‘Split Rail Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- The saline drenched red fruit aromatics immediately catch your attention. Lovely sage and peat moss tones come to round out this expressive bouquet. Beautifully textured with a touch of astringency, the bright acuity really impresses with layers of red cherry and boysenberry flavors that collide with minerals and the lighter damp soil tones on the palate. Fantastic to enjoy in its youth, this beautiful Pinot Noir will have another decade or more ahead of it. Drink 2020-2032- 93 ... See MoreSee Less

Goldeneye

One of the great Mendocino producers of Pinot Noir, Goldeneye is a Duckhorn venture located in Philo, California in the heart of the Anderson Valley. Famed Domaine Serene winemaker Michael Fay was at Goldeneye before moving north and they rely on the talented Katey Larwood for winemaking, as I interviewed her last year. Katey has experience working harvests across the globe and began studying wine while attending school in Santa Barbara. Her wines have been really good since she has been at the helm.
I love the new releases which come from a more challenging vintage in the region. While the richness might not be as profound as their 2016 wines, the 2017 wines have brilliant terroir and show the great salinity from their close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Goldeneye has three estate vineyards (Confluence, Gowan Creek and The Narrows) in the Anderson Valley encompassing 200 vine acres and more than 20 Pinot Noir clones. 
I thought that the 2017 Goldeneye ‘Confluence Vineyard’ Pinot Noir (WWB, 93) was downright awesome, showing good balance, good bright red fruits and a silky mouthfeel. Learn more about these outstanding Pinot Noirs at https://www.goldeneyewinery.com Here are the great new releases by Goldeneye. 

2017 Goldeneye ‘Confluence Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- This takes the lead with aromas of teaberry and citrus rind with damp earth accents round out the expressive nose. The balance and purity of fruit is lovely as ripe strawberry and cran-orange flavors collide with minerals and potting soil tones. As this opens it continues to impress with its silky texture and soft mouthfeel that adds to the enjoyment. The brightness, light salinity and intensity of the wine is lovely. Fantastic in its youth, the Narrows Vineyard Pinot Noir will show well for decades to come. Drink 2020-2032- 93

2017 Goldeneye ‘The Narrows Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- Sourced from this great Anderson Valley vineyard, this shows lovely damp soil with huckleberry compote and shades of cinnamon infused red cherry aromatics that take shape in the glass. The balance of the wine is really good as medium to full-bodied red and dark fruit flavors provide a lasting effect. While slightly less complex than the 2017 ‘Confluence Vineyard’ bottling, it is downright delicious to savor in its youth.  2020-2030- 92

2017 Goldeneye ‘Split Rail Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- The saline drenched red fruit aromatics immediately catch your attention.  Lovely sage and peat moss tones come to round out this expressive bouquet. Beautifully textured with a touch of astringency, the bright acuity really impresses with layers of red cherry and boysenberry flavors that collide with minerals and the lighter damp soil tones on the palate. Fantastic to enjoy in its youth, this beautiful Pinot Noir will have another decade or more ahead of it. Drink 2020-2032- 93Image attachment

Seattle, WA -- Mar 30, 2020

Kerloo CellarsAs another great Washington Wine Month comes to a close, we bring you one of the great wineries that is headed in Seattle. Our wineries need your help right now, and please consider supporting your favorite local wineries that have been financially impacted by the pandemic.Ryan Crane crafts some absolutely thrilling wines. His winemaking continues to evolve over the past several years, as the releases seem to get better and better. He began his winemaking career at Animale Cellars in Seattle, and then later trained under Marie-Eve Gilla at Forgeron Cellars while completing his degree in Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College.I absolutely love the 2019 Kerloo Cellars ‘Lonesome Springs Ranch’ Rose (WWB, 91) which has brilliant tension and delicate red fruit flavors, with a silky texture. This wine is a superb value. An even better value for a mere $15.00 is the 2018 SoDo Cellars ‘GSM’ Red Wine (WWB, 91) which has awesome freshness and bright red fruits with a silky mouthfeel. Learn more about this great SoDo winery at www.kerloocellars.com. Here are the great new releases by the talented Ryan Crane and his Kerloo Cellars.2019 Kerloo Cellars ‘Lonesome Springs Ranch’ Rose- The 2019 Kerloo Cellars ‘Lonesome Springs Ranch’ Rose is a blend of equal parts Mouvedre and Grenache. A pretty pale pink ones in the glass, the Rose shows off shades of rose water and blood orange that collide with lighter melon tones aromatically. The palate has marvelous freshness with delicate red fruits that dance with the wonderful sense of minerality. This is Washington meeting Bandol. Drink 2020-2025- 912019 Kerloo Cellars ‘Blue Mountain Vineyard’ Grenache Blanc- Over the years Ryan Crane has secured the accolade of being one of the top winemakers for this unique Rhone varietal. He has been sourcing from this top notch Walla Walla vineyard for several years. The prototypical melon tones jump out of the glass with the shades of green papaya and mango on this exotic nose. The palate has a kiss of sweetness with bright melon tones that collide with minerals, damp stone and Pink Lady apple flavors. This is sensational in its youth and really needs a hot summer day (not March in Seattle). Drink 2020-2025- 922018 SoDo Cellars ‘GSM’ Red Wine- For a mere fifteen dollars, Ryan Crane has crafted a seriously good wine that punches above his weight class. Very pretty red fruits dance with shades of rose water and blood orange zest on this evocative nose. The palate has a sterling sense of minerality and a seriously good sense of balance. While not particularly big, the elegance of the perfumed and downright juicy red fruits and silky mouthfeel really shines through. With good length, this is a complete wine by Kerloo as I can see this cellaring well for five to seven years. Drink 2020-2027- 912018 Kerloo Cellars ‘Black Rock Vineyard’ Syrah- The ‘Black Rock Vineyard’ is a cooler site located in the Yakima Valley. A 6% Viogner co-ferment was given to this wine that shines with its high-toned citrus rind and guava tones, while the core of smoked pork shoulder and blackberry jam all create some gorgeous aromatic range. The tension of the wine truly entices and layers of dark fruit deftly combine with more subtle milk chocolate, Hoisin sauce and creosote tones. Seriously good in its youth, the 2018 ‘Black Rock Vineyard’ Syrah will have another decade ahead of it. This wine is a perfect example of how Ryan Crane is crafting some of the most exciting wines made in this state. Drink 2020-2030- 93 ... See MoreSee Less

Kerloo Cellars

As another great Washington Wine Month comes to a close, we bring you one of the great wineries that is headed in Seattle. Our wineries need your help right now, and please consider supporting your favorite local wineries that have been financially impacted by the pandemic.
Ryan Crane crafts some absolutely thrilling wines. His winemaking continues to evolve over the past several years, as the releases seem to get better and better. He began his winemaking career at Animale Cellars in Seattle, and then later trained under Marie-Eve Gilla at Forgeron Cellars while completing his degree in Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College.
I absolutely love the 2019 Kerloo Cellars ‘Lonesome Springs Ranch’ Rose (WWB, 91) which has brilliant tension and delicate red fruit flavors, with a silky texture. This wine is a superb value. An even better value for a mere $15.00 is the 2018 SoDo Cellars ‘GSM’ Red Wine (WWB, 91) which has awesome freshness and bright red fruits with a silky mouthfeel. 
Learn more about this great SoDo winery at www.kerloocellars.com. Here are the great new releases by the talented Ryan Crane and his Kerloo Cellars.

2019 Kerloo Cellars ‘Lonesome Springs Ranch’ Rose- The 2019 Kerloo Cellars ‘Lonesome Springs Ranch’ Rose is a blend of equal parts Mouvedre and Grenache. A pretty pale pink ones in the glass, the Rose shows off shades of rose water and blood orange that collide with lighter melon tones aromatically. The palate has marvelous freshness with delicate red fruits that dance with the wonderful sense of minerality. This is Washington meeting Bandol. Drink 2020-2025- 91

2019 Kerloo Cellars ‘Blue Mountain Vineyard’ Grenache Blanc- Over the years Ryan Crane has secured the accolade of being one of the top winemakers for this unique Rhone varietal. He has been sourcing from this top notch Walla Walla vineyard for several years. The prototypical melon tones jump out of the glass with the shades of green papaya and mango on this exotic nose. The palate has a kiss of sweetness with bright melon tones that collide with minerals, damp stone and Pink Lady apple flavors. This is sensational in its youth and really needs a hot summer day (not March in Seattle). Drink 2020-2025- 92

2018 SoDo Cellars ‘GSM’ Red Wine- For a mere fifteen dollars, Ryan Crane has crafted a seriously good wine that punches above his weight class. Very pretty red fruits dance with shades of rose water and blood orange zest on this evocative nose. The palate has a sterling sense of minerality and a seriously good sense of balance. While not particularly big, the elegance of the perfumed and downright juicy red fruits and silky mouthfeel really shines through. With good length, this is a complete wine by Kerloo as I can see this cellaring well for five to seven years. Drink 2020-2027- 91

2018 Kerloo Cellars ‘Black Rock Vineyard’ Syrah- The ‘Black Rock Vineyard’ is a cooler site  located in the Yakima Valley. A 6% Viogner co-ferment was given to this wine that shines with its high-toned citrus rind and guava tones, while the core of smoked pork shoulder and blackberry jam all create some gorgeous aromatic range. The tension of the wine truly entices and layers of dark fruit deftly combine with more subtle milk chocolate, Hoisin sauce and creosote tones. Seriously good in its youth, the 2018 ‘Black Rock Vineyard’ Syrah will have another decade ahead of it. This wine is a perfect example of how Ryan Crane is crafting some of the most exciting wines made in this state. Drink 2020-2030- 93Image attachment
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Seattle, WA -- Apr 1, 2020

We are introducing #musthavewawine to highlight wineries offering ingenious promotions to help us enjoy Washington wine safely from home! Starting from the top: 425Cellars, Adrice Wines, Airfield Estates, Alexandria Nicole Cellars and Ambassador Wines Of Washington. Click the link to see the full list! ... See MoreSee Less

Seattle, WA -- Mar 27, 2020

We know that planning a trip during these unknown times can be stressful. The Foundation has extended the deadline to apply for the 2020 Bill Powers Sabbatical to help those that are still interested. Learn more here-washingtonwinefoundation.org/sabbatical/ ... See MoreSee Less

We know that planning a trip during these unknown times can be stressful. The Foundation has extended the deadline to apply for the 2020 Bill Powers Sabbatical to help those that are still interested. 

Learn more here-
http://washingtonwinefoundation.org/sabbatical/

Seattle, WA -- Mar 26, 2020

In our commitment to support the wine community that so generously supports us, we are highlighting some of the ingenious ways wineries are ensuring we can all safely buy and enjoy Washington wines. From curbside pickup to free or one cent shipping — check out the ongoing list of some of the wineries offering promotions here: bit.ly/2WNcK1Y. ... See MoreSee Less

In our commitment to support the wine community that so generously supports us, we are highlighting some of the ingenious ways wineries are ensuring we can all safely buy and enjoy Washington wines. From curbside pickup to free or one cent shipping — check out the ongoing list of some of the wineries offering promotions here: https://bit.ly/2WNcK1Y.

Seattle, WA -- Mar 24, 2020

Inspired by virtual tastings and happy hours, the AWW team is winding down Tuesday with a cheers to Washington wine! We hope you'll join us, wherever you are! #virtualhappyhour #cheers #siplocal #wawine #wine #winery #wineindustry #washingtonwine #auctionofwawines #auctionwawine #winemaker #wineindustry #vintner #winegrower #winetasting #winelover #winetime ... See MoreSee Less

Seattle, WA -- Mar 23, 2020

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Seattle, WA -- Mar 30, 2020

I included this wine from Syncline Wine Cellars in a recent roundup a few days back, but I’ll mention it again here as we’re enjoying a bottle tonight. Achingly pure Rhone-style blend. “It’s everything I want from a wine,” my wife says. “I would drink that every night.” I would concur. ... See MoreSee Less

I included this wine from Syncline Wine Cellars in a recent roundup a few days back, but I’ll mention it again here as we’re enjoying a bottle tonight. Achingly pure Rhone-style blend. “It’s everything I want from a wine,” my wife says. “I would drink that every night.” I would concur.

Seattle, WA -- Mar 30, 2020

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