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This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Recommended Wines From Taste Washington - Under $30

Many excellent wines at Taste Washington were in this price range: $15-$30. There are so many wines in this group that I didn't have time to check many of the prices, so pricing information will be kind of sporadic. By the way, I just want to point out the fact that the fact that a wine or winery didn't make this list is no comment on the wine. It's just that, I didn't have a chance to taste many of the wines presented at Taste Washington. Here are my recommendations in this price range:

White Wines

  • 2003 Novelty Hill Chardonnay (about $20)
  • 2003 Alexander Nicole Viognier
  • 2004 McCrea Viognier (about $22)
  • 2004 McCrea Rousanne
  • 2004 Page Semillon (about $20)
  • 2004 L'Ecole Barrel Fermented Semillon (about $16)
  • 2004 Brian Carter "Byzance" (about $22)
  • 2003 McCrea Late Harvest Rousanne

Rose Wine

  • 2005 Syncline Rose

Red Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2003 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (about $20)
  • 2003 Edmonds Cabernet Sauvignon (about $20)

Merlot

  • 2003 Saint Laurent Merlot ( about $18)
  • 2003 Novelty Hill Merlot ( about $20)
  • 2004 Walla Walla Vintners Merlot ( about $25)

Syrah

  • 2003 Animale
  • 2003 Novelty Hill (about $20)
  • 2004 McCrea Washington State

2004 Syncline "Milbrandt" (about $25)

  • Two Mountain Syrah
  • Cuillin Syrah
  • Des Voigne Syrah

Blends

  • 2003 Ash Hollow Nine MIle
  • 2004 McCrea Sirroco
  • 2004 Syzygy Red
  • 2004 Mark Ryan "The Dissident"

Miscellaneous Reds

  • 2001 Yakima Cellars "Red Willow" Sangiovese (about $16)
  • 2004 Walla Walla Vintners Sangiovese ( about $25)
  • Cuillin Sangiovese
  • Des Voigne Sangiovese
  • 2004 Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Franc ( about $28)
  • 2003 Red Sky Cabernet Franc ( about $20)
  • 2003 Chatter Creek Grenache ( about $16)
  • 2004 Yellow Hawk Barbera ( about $25)
  • Kana Winery Tempranillo

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