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

Monday, March 09, 2009

Taste Washington In Phoenix- IV

Here's another dozen wineries to consider:

Isenhower - Winemaker Brett Isenhower is an artist. My favorite is the 2006 Red Paintbrush.*

J. Bookwalter - somehow missed this one.

K- Vintners - Charles Smith is a talented winemaker and marketeer. Great names like Eve Chardonnay, the Velvet Devil Merlot, and Boom Boom Syrah.

Kestrel - You don't have to be a bird to appreciate these. Usually excellent wines, though quality varies somewhat. Lady in Red is available all over the place, but isn't quite as good as the earlier editions.

Kiona - Venerable Red Mountain winery. Winemaker Scott Williams makes a huge variety of wines of good quality.

L'Ecole No. 41 - Marty Clubb usually makes excellent wines. Semillon is a specialty and a special treat.

Lone Canary - Good wines at good prices.*

Long Shadows - Alan Shoup casts a very long shadow around the globe. Outstanding wines for the most part. Pedestal, Pirouette and Sequel are my favorites.

I must have missed a whole section - Maryhill, Mercer Estates, Milbrandt, Morrison Lane.

Nicolas Cole - Amazing wines at amazing prices. My favorite, once again, is the least expensive, but absolutely delicious Graeagle.*

Northstar - Started out with a bang, but seems to have lost some of it's luster. Still, good stuff.

Northwest Cellars - The fun thing about Rebert Delf's wines? You can get your own customized label. My fave is the Merlot.*

Note Bene - Note well, Note Bene! Tim Narby, another Boeing Wine Club graduate, makes delicious, interesting wines with hard to pronounce names. My favorite right now is the 2005 Abbinare.*

Novelty Hill - As I wrote last year, I've never had a bad wine from Novelty Hill. Mike Januik is an outstanding winemaker, and Novelty Hill wines are priced right.

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