Here are my top 10 Northwest wines from my tastings in April. Full reviews and scores will appear in an upcoming issue of Wine Enthusiast. However, since some of these wines are very limited, I want to give readers of this blog a heads up.
They are ranked in order, and the ranking reflects both the overall quality and value relative to others in its scoring category. All of these are very high-scoring wines. Quality across the board continues to rocket upwards.
With that in mind, here is my list for the Top 10 Northwest Wines tasted this past April, with suggested retail pricing.
Wine of the Month: Leonetti Cellar 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Walla Walla Valley; $85
Dense, aromatic, layered and rich, it explodes from the glass with scents and flavors of concentrated berries, cassis, black cherry, and more.
#2 – Rasa Vineyards 2008 Creative Impulse DuBrul Vineyard Red
Yakima Valley; $95
Pure and juicy, a riot of blueberry, blackberry and cassis; a wine to study and explore for hours, if not days.
#3 – Mark Ryan 2008 Dead Horse Red
Red Mountain; $45
Amazing depth, running down through a litany of red and black fruits, into veins of earth and tannin and graphite.
#4 – Betz Family 2008 Père de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley; $60
Seductive and complex, scents of incense, blueberries, cassis, licorice, and threads of herb and graphite. Classic, deep and expressive.
#5 – Sineann 2009 Resonance Vineyard Pinot Noir
Yamhill-Carlton District; $48
Fresh fruit flavors of strawberry, raspberry, sweet cherry and more roll into a lingering aftermath with nuances of cinnamon, cola, chocolate, nougat, coconut and caramel.
#6 – The Eyrie Vineyards 2007 Reserve Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills; $62
The Eyrie reserve is a single vineyard selection from the oldest vines, planted between 1967 and 1973. This is already delicious, smoky, almost ethereal, with truly Burgundian finesse and depth.
#7 – Doubleback 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Walla Walla Valley; $87
This celebrity (Drew Bledsoe/Chris Figgins) project has forward, pretty black fruits, juicy acids, and some noticeable astringency. Still too young to drink - cellar it.
#8 – Rulo 2009 Sundance Vineyard Chardonnay
Wahluke Slope; $20
Seabreeze scents and rich minerality surround citrus, apple and fresh herb, and the balance is perfect.
#9 – David Hill 2008 BlackJack Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley; $45
David Hill’s top of the line Pinot Noir is rich, ripe and loaded with plum and black cherry fruit. Thoroughly delicious.
#10 – Sonría 2009 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley; $60
A core of focused cherry fruit is surrounded with tart acids, sweet toast, dark chocolate, and a whisp of smoke. Almost ethereal and finely crafted.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
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