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."
"89 Pts. W&S. This blend of Merlot, Syrah, and Cab Franc over-delivers at this price. A plush, dark plum-scented wine with sweet oak accents. The flavors are cool and fine, the tannins possessing a peppery bite that screams for a steak."
"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."
"90 Points- Wine Spectator. The aromas offer notes of boysenberry, herb and barrel spices. With 11% Syrah blended in, the blue and black fruit flavors are lush and fruit forward, with soft tannins, a silky mouthfeel and a sustained sense of balance. Best Buy"
"Chateau Ste. Michelle's Columbia Valley Chardonnay is a pleasurable, food-friendly Chardonnay. It is crafted in a fresh, soft style with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character with subtle spice and oak nuances. They blend Chardonnay grapes from vineyards throughout Washington's Columbia Valley to make this a complex and interesting wine. Pair with crab, poultry, salmon, scallops."
"This polished red wine offers aromas of cherry, red currant and tea. Flavors of cherries, ripe berries and plums, supported by a frame of refined tannins, give way to subtle notes of baking spice on a persistent finish."
"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."
"This round, structured Merlot is packed with rich flavors and aromas of blackberry, plum, cherry and mocha. Balanced in style, the wine is soft, approachable and food friendly."
"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."
"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."