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."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"Made by the Long Shadow's manager, Gilles Nicault, Chester Kidder is a smoking blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Pure, voluptuous and rich, with fantastic blackberry fruit, crushed rock like minerality, lead pencil and graphite, it's a serious, age worthy red that will evolve gracefully for 10 to 12 years or more."
"With its intense color and inviting aromas of dark berries, licorice, baking spice and a hint of smoke, the 2012 Pedestal is a bold wine that leaves a lasting impression. Dark fruit flavors integrated with sweetness from the barrel and richness from the tannins come together seamlessly, lingering across a structured mid-palate and lengthy finish."
"A deep, dark wine packed with engaging aromas of fresh blueberry and dark chocolate, the 2012 Pirouette is rich and complex from start to finish. Refined and textured on the palate with lively, mouth-filling blackberry jam flavors accompanied by hints of spice and fig that carry across a lingering finish."