Washington Wine of the Week – Selections for Winter, 2018

For the week of January 7, 2018: Lost River Winery 2013 Nebbiolo – “Nebbiolo is really an interesting wine. Bright color, clarity…even the name sounds like a jewel,” says winemaker John Morgan. His latest interpretation of this underrated Italian varietal is another smashing success. Dried currant and cherry flavors, a touch of black licorice on the finish, and bright, vibrant acidity make this an excellent choice to serve with pasta and Bolognese sauce. Sourced from the Rosebud Vineyard in Washington’s Wahluke Slope AVA.

nullFor the week of December 31, 2017: For A Song 2015 Chardonnay – Looking for a budget-priced Chardonnay that still delivers in terms of flavor profile and character? This older vintage, but still available selection from the Seattle=based winery has you covered! Mouth-watering Bartlett pear and Golden Delicious apple flavors come to the forefront, with a creamy finish balanced by just the slightest trace of Ancient Lakes AVA steely minerality. Delicious, affordable (priced in the $10 to $12-a-bottle range) and perfect for those starting the New Year on a budget.

For the week of December 24, 2017: Love That Red “Stakes Race” 2014 Syrah – There’s a nice meaty quality to this Syrah, which was sourced from grapes from Walla Walla’s Les Collines and Patina Vineyards. The flavor profile runs from cassis to chocolate cherry to roasted coffee, with underlying accents of pepper, crushed herbs, and vanilla bean. Gentle tannins on the finish make this an easy-to-drink choice. A nice effort from the Woodinville winery, which has been garnering a lot of attention for its red wines as of late.

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