top 10 northwest wines of the month

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

It has become my custom to begin each new month with a list of the Top 10 Northwest Wines tasted during the previous month. Here is the list (ranked in order) from all the Oregon and Washington wines tasted in June.

It's based upon both price and score – the 10 wines listed will all be very high scoring, but the ultimate order also reflects the price. A less-expensive wine with a score comparable to a more expensive wine will have a higher ranking. Somewhat arbitrarily, I have elected to list just one wine per winery. So some of these wineries have other wines that could have been included, but the one listed is the top scorer.

One practical reason to publish this list monthly is that so many of these wines are from boutique producers and will have a very brief window of availability. In fact, more than a couple are on closed mailing lists. That can be frustrating, but anyone who trolls the online auction sites knows that just about anything from anyone is for sale – at a price. This is a heads up on what to grab quickly.

Full reviews and scores will appear in a future issue of the Wine Enthusiast.

A final note. This blog is going on vacation for the next three months. I will post occasionally, but due to travel, other obligations, and simply the need for a bit of a summer break, I am going to let it rest until October, except when (and if) the spirit moves me to write. I thank you all for your kind attention, and I hope you will come back occasionally to check in.

Paul G's Top 10 Northwest Wines of the Month

Cayuse 2008 Bionic Frog
A plush core of blackberry fruit, and the classic Cayuse funkiness, drenched in liquid rocks and cured meat and drying tannins.

Trisaetum 2010 Estates Reserve Riesling
A two barrel selection; intense, bright, focused, with candied lemon/lime fruit flavors. The power and concentration of the wine is remarkable.

Januik 2008 Reserve Red
Deeply flavored with black cherry and cassis, with dark, earthy, toasty tannins.

Domaine Serene 2008 Mark Bradford Vineyard Pinot Noir
A beautiful mix of supple fruits – cherries and berries, with appealing sweetness – along with delicate highlights of spice and herb.

David Hill 2010 Estate Pinot Gris
Intensely aromatic, with lovely accents of pine needle, grapefruit and mint. An elegant, complex and vividly spicy wine.

J. Bookwalter 2008 Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon
A riveting, complex, super-sized wine, with alcohol over 15% and plenty of intriguing barrel flavors.

Adams Bench 2008 the V Cabernet Sauvignon
Another full-bodied, high alcohol, in-your-face wine, but the classic Cabernet to match a thick, tender steak.

Andrew Will 2008 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine
Tart berry fruit set atop astringent, mineral-driven tannins. It’s tight and dense, with vertical power.

Waterbrook 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
This is cool climate Cabernet, with tight, dark, blue and black fruits. supple and spicy.

Chehalem 2009 Corral Creek Riesling
Tart lemon, tangerine and grapefruit, with excellent mass and depth, and plenty of grip and power.


Australia Wine said...

Great post you got there. Helpful and detailed that gives me more option for wines.

Sean P. Sullivan said...

Enjoy the summer sun!

Judy Phelps said...

A great list, nice to see the Rieslings here! Have a nice break!!

Anonymous said...

Hurry back Paul. With you and Gary Vaynerchuck (sp?) both offline I am seriously hurting for good wine info.

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