Washington Wine of the Week – Selections for Fall, 2018
For the Week of October 7, 2018: Structure Cellars 2016 “Foundation” Syrah – This beautifully crafted wine checks all the boxes for Washington Syrah: Spot-on flavor profile, full-bodied, and excellent for drinking with or without the proper food. Layered with nuances of chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, and hazelnut, there’s also a touch of savory cherry tomato and dried black cherry on the lengthy finish. Another stellar job by Seattle winemaker Brian Grasso (pictured at left), who continues to make great wines and keep them in the thank-you-I-can-afford-this $25 to $38 a bottle price range.
For the Week of September 30, 2018: Bookwalter Winery 2016 Double Plot Chardonnay – Pop open this bottle and the first thing that greets you is a lovely, yeasty aroma of fresh brioche. But it gets even better from there; big, tropical fruit flavors, juicy pear, and a core of citrus wrapped in a nice, creamy package (think lemon chiffon and you’ve got it). 100-percent French oak barrel aging gives this voluptuous Chard from the Conner Lee Vineyards a touch of nearly-sweet, toasted coconut on the finish. Two over-the-top food pairing suggestions: lobster bisque or crab quiche.