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Best Washington Red Wines

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Maria Johnson
• Thursday, 10 December, 2020
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Winemaker Mike Nanook was known as Mr. Merlot when he worked for the Washington mega producer Château Ste. Blueberry and aromatic oak notes define this graceful, firm red.

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The 2005 vintage’s cloudless summer, cool autumn and mild Indian summer produced many wonderful reds in Washington, including this intense Wall Wall Cabernet, which is abundantly full of ripe black- and red -currant fruit. Michelle makes a dizzying range of wines at consistently high levels of quality.

Its Cold Creek Vineyard produces robust, dark Cabernet's like this one; its 2004 Artist Series Heritage ($48) is an elegant red full of coffee and chassis notes. Named after the 19th-century frontier fort, this boutique winery makes a range of good reds, among them this black cherry–rich Cabernet, notable for its silky texture.

By adding a small percentage of Pioneer during fermentation, he gives his peppery Sarah a light, aromatic hint of white peach. Doug McCrea founded his eponymous winery in 1988 to concentrate solely on Rhône-varietal wines.

The late Dr. Walter Close, “the father of Washington wine,” helped the Monsoon family plant this large Columbia Valley vineyard. This complex, mouth filling Bordeaux-style blend, full of succulent blue- and blackberry fruit, comes from the acclaimed Campus Vineyard, located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA.

With their 2017 vintage, production director Rick Small and winemaker Kevin Mott have added to that legacy with a brilliant Chard sourced from their usual two sites: Cello Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge, and their own Woodward Canyon estate vineyard in the Wall Wall Valley. Not so for winemaker Michael Savage, whose Cello Chard is a fine value, offering nervy acidity and a dry flavor profile that combines lemon curd, mineral and subtle spice notes.

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Whether the wine’s insistent generality comes from those rocks or is inherent to the grapes seems not to matter once it’s in the glass. Pink debuted with the 2015 vintage, and in four short years has captured the imagination of Satellites and become one of the fuzziest roses released each spring.

The BEST EVERYDAY RED RHONE BLEND Kevin White 2016 La Fraternity Red Wine Yakima Valley, $30 It’s back-to-back honors for Woodinville-based Kevin White, whose 2015 La Fraternity won Bested Rhone Blend over $25 in last year’s awards. The fruit purity is exceptional here (strawberries and raspberries abound), and the texture is seamless and polished.

Vintners 2015 Rhone Blend Brushed Vineyard, Yakima Valley, $40 Winemaker Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen splits his time between W.T. Here he has crafted a blend of about one-third each of Grenade, Sarah and Mourned, all from a single hillside of Brushed Vineyard in the Yakima Valley.

This beautifully balances elements both fruity (blackberry) and savory (smoky bacon, briny olive), all on a supple, easy-drinking frame. Fermented with 50% whole clusters (stems and all) and then aged in a mix of large puncheons and small barrels, this wine revels in the funky, savory side of Sarah, with meaty smoked sausages and brackish seaweed complementing a core of blueberry fruit.

Vintners 2015 Gorgeous Sarah, Destiny Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, $30 The blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon was aged entirely in new French oak, and it offers an appealing nose combining plummy fruit with dusty earth notes, mocha and rosemary.

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Dark fruits (plums, huckleberries) commingle with high-cacao chocolate in this delightful truffle of a wine. This Merlot includes 13% Cabernet Franc, and all the grapes come from Stillwater Creek Vineyard.

Aged in French oak (60% new) for just shy of two years, this wine displays a pair of the characteristics that make Washington Merlot so compelling: complexity (in the form of earth and tomato-paste savory notes overlaying a core of cherry fruit) and structure (in the form of toothsome finishing tannins). The BEST OTHER RED BLENDS Underground Wine Project 2015 Idle Hands Red Mountain, $30 Trey Busch and Mark McNally’s Underground Wine Project takes home a second prize this year (their Mr.

That new American oak adds appealing notes of vanilla bean and cocoa powder to a wine bursting with cherry and raspberry richness. Classic Cabernet notes of crème de cassis and cedar coexist with subtleties of beetroot and rhubarb, all on a supple, polished frame.

BEST SPLURGE CABERNET SAUVIGNON Canvasback (by Duck horn) 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain, $40 In 2013, Napa Valley stalwart Duck horn purchased a 20-acre parcel of land on Red Mountain and launched Canvasback, its first foray into Washington state. Industry veteran Brian Ruin is the local winemaker for Canvasback, and this is his first Cab that includes a portion of fruit from the estate vineyard, called Long winds.

In total, this wine includes 13 Red Mountain vineyards, so it is a fine representative of the AVA as a whole, offering chewy, black-tea-flavored tannins aplenty as structural underpinnings for a wine bursting with black currant fruit and rose petal nuance. BEST SPECIAL-OCCASION CABERNET SAUVIGNON Passing Time 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills, $80 Washington native Damon Hard partnered with fellow quarterback Dan Marino to launch Woodinville-based Passing Time four years ago with the 2012 vintage.

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Their winemaker from the beginning has been Chris Peterson (Ravenna), and he works wonders with this Cabernet, primarily from a pair of special Horse Heaven Hills sites: Campus and Discovery. The wine sees 21 months in French oak (80% new) and offers wonderful pencil-lead generality to complement a core of black currant fruit and smoky baking spice.

Nominees that received the most votes in the categories of wineries, winemaker, vineyard and homelier were selected as winners. The approximately 90 wines receiving the most votes in the varietal categories qualified as finalists for a blind tasting held on March 18.

That tasting was conducted by a panel of three industry professionals (Paul Literally of Full Pull Wines, Mark Sakai of Metropolitan Market and Chris Horn of Heavy Restaurant Group) who evaluated the wines on the basis of appeal in regard to sight, smell and taste in order to come to a consensus on the winners within each category. Also, a minimum of 95% of the grapes used in the production of the wine must be from a vineyard located within Washington state, or from one of the three federally recognized interstate Ava that include acreage in Washington state (Columbia Valley, Wall Wall Valley and the Columbia Gorge Ava).

Winners in categories involving people, places and wine experiences also must be located in Washington. For a varietal to be considered in its category, it must be made with at least 75% of the grape variety that is grown in Washington state.

Our annual blind taste test of Washington wines reveals the best reds, whites and roses at every price point In October of this year, Vintage Tasters Mike Beltrán and Joe Becerra visited the wine region of Washington State.

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2016 The Burn “Borne of Fire” Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $19.99 – 96 Points Jame Suckling, 91 Points Wine & Spirits 2013 Château Ste. The 2016 The Burn “Borne of Fire” Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2013 Château Ste.

Michelle “Cold Creek Vineyard” Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were separated by one point. “ The Burn area is a rocky plateau that runs along the Columbia River, between Horse Heaven Hills and the Columbia Gorge AVA’s.

Washington State red wines have a distinctive aroma and depth of flavors. The long days of sunlight, the soils of the Columbia Valley, and the desert conditions provide the terror for the wonderful character of the wines of Washington.

With sky-high prices for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and red blends, Washington State red wines are an excellent option. Washington does not have the reputation of the Napa Valley, but that will certainly change as wine aficionados sample Washington wines.

Previous Article on WashingtonRedWines * The 2016 Canoe Ridge The Expedition Red Horse Heaven Hills was a sample sent to Mike B. A boutique family winery in Joinville, Washington producing handcrafted super premium red wine blends.

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From the household-name producers with grand estates to the family-owned outfits tucked away in strip malls, here are the best places to drink wine in Joinville. Show it some love in the comments, email us, or start a forum thread in its honor.

The company produces more than a dozen options on a constantly rotating menu, keeping every visit interesting. Supremely well-balanced reds and Bordeaux-style blends are highlights here, and the tasting room features rotating art by Northwest artists.

These wines are known for their complexity, and Obelisk's tasting room is a comfy, accessible place to sip and learn. Working with some of the most prestigious vineyards in Eastern and Central Washington, J. Backwater produces impressive reds and whites.

The Joinville tasting room is welcoming, with leather couches inside and a patio outside. Small but mighty, Gorman Winery doesn't shy away from big reds, focusing on varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon and Sarah.

The labels are as bold as the flavors, with names like Evil Twin, Big Sissy, and Bully. There's a lot of wine-making muscle behind the Long Shadows label, which involves seven accomplished vintners from around the world.

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Long Shadows' seven Columbia Valley wines are all available for sampling at the tasting room. This boutique winery sources its grapes from the Red Mountain AVA, highly respected for its bold flavors.

The wines here, made with Blue Mountain grapes, are critically acclaimed and pair well with food. JM Cellars is a family-owned winery sourcing from a wide variety of Columbia Valley vineyards.

The tasting room and surrounding garden are a great place to sip, too, especially on a sunny day. The company produces more than a dozen options on a constantly rotating menu, keeping every visit interesting.

Supremely well-balanced reds and Bordeaux-style blends are highlights here, and the tasting room features rotating art by Northwest artists. These wines are known for their complexity, and Obelisk's tasting room is a comfy, accessible place to sip and learn.

Working with some of the most prestigious vineyards in Eastern and Central Washington, J. Backwater produces impressive reds and whites. The Joinville tasting room is welcoming, with leather couches inside and a patio outside.

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Small but mighty, Gorman Winery doesn't shy away from big reds, focusing on varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon and Sarah. The labels are as bold as the flavors, with names like Evil Twin, Big Sissy, and Bully.

There's a lot of wine-making muscle behind the Long Shadows label, which involves seven accomplished vintners from around the world. This boutique winery sources its grapes from the Red Mountain AVA, highly respected for its bold flavors.

The wines here, made with Blue Mountain grapes, are critically acclaimed and pair well with food. JM Cellars is a family-owned winery sourcing from a wide variety of Columbia Valley vineyards.

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