Monday, December 20, 2010

Our 2010 top 50+ Washington State Wines of the year

Our top wines for 2010 were wines we’ve tasted over the past months that received a four star or above on our ‘we know what we like ‘ scoring system. Not very scientific but fun…

Alexandria Nicole Cellars - 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon**** plums, raspberries, cherries, nice tannins

Alexandria Nicole Cellars - 2007 Duck Press Red**** black cherries, minerals

Alexandria Nicole Cellars - 2008 Members Only**** cherry, fruit, chewy

Amavi - 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley**** dark fruit, wild berries, herbs, spice

Amavi - 2007 Syrah Walla Walla Valley**** fruit, blueberries, minerals

Bunnell Family Cellars - 2007 Lia**** berries, spices, soft tannins

Bunnell Family Cellars - 2006 Boushey-McPherson Vineyard Syrah**** blackberry, plum, spice

Canon De Sol Winery - 2005 Merlot****

Columbia Crest - 2006 Walter Clore Private Reserve Red**** spice, earth, dark berries, long finish

Coyote Canyon - 2008 Primitivo**** warm, spice

Cuillin Hills Winery - 2007 The Dungeon, Syrah**** wonderfully peppery

DeLille Cellars and Doyenne - 2007 Doyenne Syrah**** the mouth feel is quite large and though still elegant.

Des Voigne Cellars - 2008 The Duke**** Zinfandel/Cab Franc/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot, ripe fruit, pepper, Medium-bodied

Des Voigne Cellars - 2007 Montreux**** Syrah, wild blueberries, spices, floral

Dusty Cellars - 2008 Leonidas Syrah**** dark fruit, jam, spice, tannins

Edmonds Winery - 2007 Delorious Red**** Great nose with a long and smooth finish.

EFESTE - 2007 Ceidleigh Syrah**** dried cherries, currant, with smooth tannins

EFESTE - 2007 Big Papa Cab**** cherries, raspberries, big wine

Fidelitas - 2007 Columbia Valley Malbec****

Fidelitas - 2006 OPTU**** black currant, black cherry, oak

Gamache Vintners - 2006 Estate Boulder Red**** a nice, easy drinking wine, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 13% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and 12% Syrah

Gamache Vintners - 2005 Estate Syrah**** spice on the palate. 91 Points - Wine Spectator

Guardian Cellars - 2007 "The Wanted"**** black currants, berries

Heaven’s Cave Cellars - 2007 Two Degrees Barbera**** plum jam and earthy

Irlandes Wines - 2007 Irlandes Reserve Merlot**** jammy

Irlandes Wines - 2007 Irlandes Reserve Syrah**** jammy

Mark Ryan Winery- 2008 Viognier Columbia Valley**** tropical fruit, stone fruit, minerals, balance

Mark Ryan Winery- 2008 Chardonnay Columbia**** mouth feel, acidity, mandarin, peaches

Mark Ryan Winery- 2008 Wild Eyed Syrah Red Mountain**** leather, wet tobacco, spice, pepper

Mark Ryan Winery- 2007 Lonely Heart Cabernet Sauvignon **** dark plum, pepper, black olive, tannins

Milbrandt Vineyards - 2007 Estates Malbec**** jammy, rich, silky, velvety.

Olsen Estate - 2008 Grenache**** All I can say about this is “Wow”

Olsen Estate - 2008 Heritage**** cooler conditions will make this drinkable early on.

O’Shea Scarborough - 2007 Revelation Merlot**** A truly elegant wine

Otis Kenyon - 2007 Syrah**** balance, slate

Owen Roe - 2008 Yakima Valley Red**** cherry, plums, mouthfeel

Pepper Bridge Winery - 2007 Merlot Walla Walla Valley**** flowers, chocolate

Pepper Bridge Winery - 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley**** blackberries, black cherry, tannins

Pepper Bridge Winery - 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley**** minerals, earth, elegant, tannins

Red Sky - 2006 Serendipity****

San Juan Vineyards - 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon**** flavor on the mid palate with cherry finishing nicely with a hint of oak. Kestrel View Estates fruit.

Snoqualmie - 2008 Malbec**** plum, spices

Snoqualmie - 2006 Reserve Syrah**** herbal, smoky, fruit, soft tannins

Sojen Cellars - 2007 Andrew Joel Cabernet Sauvignon**** slate, chocolate, balance, young needs to breath

Stevens Winery - 2009 Stevens divio Viognier**** great acid, orange blossoms

Tranche Cellars - 2007 Roussanne-Viognier**** minerals, sliced apples, peach, light oak

William Church Winery - 2007 Sur La Mer**** This classic Bordeaux blend consists of 40% Cabernet, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot. Very well balanced

Willow Crest - 2007 Mourvedre**** clover, anise

Willow Crest - 2008 Cab Franc**** spice, pepper

XSV - 2003 Chardonnay ****

XSV - 2004 Syrah****

XSV - 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon****

XSV - 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon****

This was a great year of wine tasting and trying new foods. Thanks to all our new friends and old friends who made it all possible.
Happy New Year…

1 comment:

  1. Hey, thanks very much for your kind reviews. Love to hear the positive reactions. Happy New Year!

    Eric, Partner, Pepper Bridge & Amavi Cellars