Washington is located on latitude between Burgundy and Bordeaux, and is excellent for growing grapes for fine wine. Washington has sandy soils that drain well and most of the vines are on their natural rootstocks. Many Washington wineries do not grow their own grapes, but instead purchase grapes and blend them to make their wines. Washington has a number of AVAs, but Columbia Valley, Walla Walla, Yakima and Horse Heaven Hills are the most famous. Columbia Valley is a huge appellation that produces wines made from Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurtztraminer and Riesling, among others. Walla Walla produces magnificent examples of Bordeaux red varieties and Syrah. Walla Walla wines have loads of fruit and solid tannic structure.
"NYR Rich, smoky aromas of fig, toast and crufffdme brulufffde combined with the sweet straw of the Sauvignon Blanc. This is a powerhouse white wine that is youthful and complex. Pear, straw, honeydew melons and citrus peel flavors expand in the mouth. Silky, creamy textures add to the personality of the wine."
"Aromas of pear, mandarin orange and hints of talc introduce the classic varietal style of this vibrant Pinot Gris. Juicy, refreshing flavors of melon and apple are complimented by hints of citrus fruits and balanced with perfect acidity."
"Elegant smoky tones lead to notes of currant, dried herbs and hints of pepper. The supple texture is complemented by flavors of cedar and dark fruits."
"92 Points - Wine Spectator. Composed of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Syrah. Dark ruby-colored, it is intensely perfumed with aromas of pain grille, blackberry, blueberry, meat and game making an appearance. Velvety-textured, it hasexcellent depth and concentration, spicy dark fruit flavors, and outstanding length."
"This vibrant white blend sports apple, pear and melon aromas complemented by citrus and floral notes. Ripe white fruit flavors are repeated on the palate, joined by hints of sweet lemon and balanced by crisp acidity, ending with a juicy finish."
"The 2013 Pinot Grigio is a juicy, refreshing wine with flavors of stone fruit, melon and light notes of honeysuckle. Pair this wine with grilled fish or seafood pasta."
"90 Points- Wine & Spirits. A remarkable wine for the price, this generous Riesling leads with green and yellow apple scents, and notes of cinnamon. The flavors are simply but satisfying, balanced and irresistably mouthwatering. Best Buy."
"89 Points- Wine Enthusiast Best Buy! Polished and flavorful, it has textural, detailed flavors built upon black cherry, plum and cassis fruit. There is a light dusting of fresh herbs, and the wine has real grip and presence in the mouth. Best Buy."
"Bright aromas of green apple and white peach. Its delicate yet complex flavors are spicy, fruity and fresh with a long and rounded finish. Pairs especially well with spicy chicken entrees, asparagus and artichokes."