Seattle Wine Blog

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Taste Washington III - New Wineries

As I said, I tried to get to as many new wineries as possible. Still, I missed Stemilt Creek and Stinas Cellars and for some nefarious reason, I never got to Nefarious Winery. From the Puget Sound area, I got to Blooms Winery which has been around for a while and tasted their 2005 Blooms Semillon which was dry, crisp, fresh and citrusy. Eagle Haven from the Sedro Woolley area made a good Madeline Angevine. Samson Estates from the Bellingham area, made a classic bony dry Riesling reminiscent of the Washington State Rieslings of the 1970s when the wine industry here was just in it's infancy. Walter Dacon Wines were all excellent. I finally got to Cedargreen Winery which has been around for a while. Their wines were delightful in a light easy style. From the Lake Chelan area, I tasted 2006 Balsomroot Unoaked Chardonnay which tasted like a delicate green apple and 2006 Riesling which was dry, fresh and refreshing. Tildio wines were mostly light in style with an interesting Syrah co-fermented with Viognier skins. Cayalla from Walla Walla made a blend called RTW. Amaurice produced an elegant 2005 Chardonnay with a fresh fruity nose and a somewhat French style. Benke Cellars in the Columbia Gorge region made a Pinot Noir and Sangiovese. Sangiovese seemed to be the grape of the day. I tasted examples from Benke, Wilridge, Walter Dacon, Waving Tree, Yellow Hawk, Yakima Cellars, Willow Crest, and several others. They were all good. Every year produces a new crop of wineries in Washington and you never know what you will find. Exciting stuff!


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