The State of Washington Wines - 2011
Even though there are so many fabulous wineries now, many,including some of the best, struggled in 2011. To some degree this can be traced to frost in 2010. There were a surprising number of disappointing wines from many good wineries. A few, such as Long Shadows escaped and made outstanding wines.
Caveat emptor. Unless you can taste the wine first, you might be better off buying 2011 Columbia Crest Chardonnay at your local convenience store, or big bottles at Costco for $9.99. Not to worry! Generally speaking 2012 was a much better year.