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Jun
11

Cayuse ‘Armada Vineyard’ Syrah 2005

Is this wine gross? The cayuse monodimensional style is unlike any other wine. It couples copious levels of extract with an overwhelming walloping umami bomb of candied dried mushrooms, fermented

Oct
24

Betz “Clos de Betz” 2009

Washington Cabernet and Bordeaux blends have always sat in a difficult place for me. Attempting to emulate California Opulent, they often come across as bland, uninteresting and overpriced compared to

Mar
15

Kongsgaard v. Delille Estate: Two Aged Whites from the United States

I recently dug into my cellar and pulled out two very highly respected wines made by two US producers who have a track record for excellent and age-worthy white wines.

Feb
5

Memaloose Estate Cabernet Franc ‘Idiot’s Grace Vineyard’ Columbia Gorge 2009

Washington State was once the great promise land of American wine. A beautiful climate that can produce wines with great fruit but also freshness, cheap land and a willingness to

Oct
13

Spotlight on Washington Syrah: Cayuse “Cailloux Vineyard” Syrah 2006

Perhaps it is best to trust a Frenchman with 500 years of winemaking experience in his family to make Washington’s best Syrah. Christophe Baron is not just the leading winemaker

Oct
12

Spotlight on Washington Syrah: K Syrah “The Deal” Sundance Vineyard Syrah 2006

This post is meant as a quick note of juxtaposition to the last wine in the spotlight. Though made by the same producer as the Skull Syrah, the K Syrah

Oct
7

Spotlight on Washington Syrah: Charles Smith Wines Skull Syrah 2005

I could spend time in this post discussing the terroir of the Columbia Valley AVA where the grapes for Charles Smith’s Skull Syrah were grown – but doing so would

Oct
3

Spotlight on Washington Syrah: Doyenne Grand Ciel Syrah 2005

It is always an important exercise to compare different approaches to making wine from the same sites. These sorts of examinations can tell us much about the developing terroir of

Sep
28

Spotlight on Washington Syrah: Betz Family Winery “La Cote Rousse” 2004 Syrah

Washington was once considered a state with great promise and on the doorstep of the world’s great wine regions. Recently, however, popular recognition and consumption of Washington wines has dwindled,

Oct
29

Winery Profile: Andrew Will

Yesterday I attended a tasting with Chris Camarda of Andrew Will Cellars, one of Washington’s top estates. Chris started making wines in a tiny rented space in Seattle before expanding