Washington Wine of the Week – Selections for Summer, 2017
For the week of July 16, 2017: William Church Winery 2014 Cabernet Franc – This stunning wine from the Woodinville winery is a grand slam from start to finish. Blackberry jam, ripe raspberry, coffee, toasted hazelnut and a silky finish that’s borderline decadent. Complex and layered, there’s still plenty of structure to balance out the fruit along with a spritz of black pepper. Sourced from Dineen Vineyards.
For the week of July 9, 2017: Eternal Wines 2016 Grenache Blanc – Walla Walla’s Brad Binko is indicative of a number of younger, up-and-coming Washington winemakers who are doing a terrific job with non-mainstream varietals such as this Grenache Blanc. This standout wine shows lovely aromatics of honeysuckle and field flowers, with apricot and honeydew melon flavors that are nicely balanced with a bit of brisk acidity. It’s a delicious interpretation of a Rhone varietal that’s catching on with both Washington winemakers and wine drinkers.
For the week of July 2, 2017: Gravel Bar Winery 2015 Riesling – One of the great things about Washington Riesling is how it’s evolved over the years from essentially a one-dimensional sweet wine to a more versatile, food-friendly white wine without the heavy residual sugar. This Columbia Valley-sourced Riesling is a great example of the latter, with nice stone fruit flavors to start, key lime on the mid-palate, and a streak of minerality on the crisp, dry finish.
For the week of June 25, 2017: Van Arnam Vineyards 2015 Riesling – This beautiful Riesling opens with plenty of peach flavors that develop into more of a citrusy/crisp Fuji apple finish. A faint bit of sweetness puts the wine squarely in the “off-dry” category and makes it a natural to pair with salmon or spicy Asian Foods. Husband-and-wife Kent and Allison Van Arnam do an excellent job of keeping their Zillah tasting room guests happy by offering great wines at a great location in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA just east of Yakima.