Washington Wine of the Week – Selections for Winter, 2019

Becky Yeaman and Dr. Wade Wolfe from Thurston Wolfe Winery

For the week of January 13, 2019: Thurston Wolfe 2015 Conglomerate Cabernet Sauvignon – This beautifully crafted Cab, sourced from a single block from the Upland Vineyard in Washington’s Snipes Mountain AVA, showcases the depth and character of the State’s most popular varietal. It’s packed with red plum and blueberry flavors followed by nuances of cedar, hazelnut, caramel and creme brulee. The finish is round with a flourish of sweet cherry and perfectly integrated tannins. Just 49 cases were produced, but the wine is still available for purchase only at the tasting room in Prosser.

For the week of January 6, 2019: Portteus Winery 2015 Barbera – Paul Portteus has to be one of Washington’s lower profile winemakers and yet he deserves props for longevity, always offering a huge choice of varietals, and keeping his prices in the easily affordable range. This Barbera makes an excellent choice for those looking for a medium-bodied/great with-or-without=food red wine. Beautiful red currant flavors are backed by layers of sweet tobacco and black licorice, and capped with spicy clove accents. Sourced 100-percent from the winery’s estate vineyards in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA near Zillah.

nullFor the Week of December 30, 2018: Remember the now long-forgotten inferiority stigma attached to screw-cap wines when they started to enter the mainstream? It’s safe to say that canned wines are going to follow that same path; questionable in quality by some, but only until you try that first sip.

Here are a couple of Rose wines that might win you over to the canned container. They’re tasty, tote-worthy, and surprisingly adequate (one 375ml can = 1/2 a standard bottle): Cascadian Outfitters Rose is a new release from Eastern Washington’s Goose Ridge Winery that features dried cherry fruit and a touch of cotton candy on a bright, lean finish; and from Oregon’s Stoller Family Estate, the Canned Oregon Pink Rose Bubbles is a light, fun-in-the-can selection with a pale pink color, juicy watermelon and strawberry flavors, and a zingy-fresh finish with plenty of crispness.

nullFor the week of December 23, 2018: DeLille Cellars 2016 D2 – A special week deserves a special wine, and the 25th anniversary vintage of this perennial favorite seems a fitting choice.

The base of 59-percent Merlot is enhanced with four other Bordeaux varietals that come together to create a wine that’s brimming with character, complexity, and quality. Black currant, coffee, cocoa powder, and bittersweet chocolate express themselves in textured layers that are wrapped up in a package topped with plenty of toasted oak.

Enjoy now and for Christmases to come as a excellent choice for cellaring over the next three to five years.

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