Washington Wine of the Week – Selections for Spring, 2020
For the week of March 29, 2020: Drink Washington State 2018 Visit Walla Walla White Blend – Prepare for some serious sensory stimulation with this equal-parts combination of Riesling, Muscat, and Pinot Gris. Orange blossom and honeysuckle bouquet, lively mouth-watering flavors of pear, green melon, lychee, and white peach on the palate, and a nicely balanced finish that falls somewhere between ambrosia/marshmallow creme and citrusy crispness. It’s a fun, smile-inducing blend that should pair up perfectly with grilled prawns or just as easily stand alone as an excellent spring or summertime sipper.
For the week of March 22, 2020: Longship Cellars 2017 Wahluke Slope Garnacha – There’s a streak of dried cranberry and strawberry jam that jumps out and persists throughout this spectacular wine. In the middle stanza, it begins to take on a slightly smoky/blackberry character and continues to melt into a lengthy finish with subtle complexities of caramel corn, nutmeg, and burnt vanilla creme.
Layered and intriguing, this wine demands that you take your time and contemplate every enjoyable sip. An absolutely stunning effort by Richland winemaker Kyle Welch, and a well-deserved gold medal winner at last year’s Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival.