It’s Washington Week here at the Cellars Wine Club Blog. On Monday, we discovered the history behind wine in this state and its significance to the state’s agricultural growth. We explored three Northwest wineries in the Tuesday post, learning that Washington wine production is as prestigious as it is beautiful.
We are excited to begin this Washington Wine Wednesday. Therefore, as is tradition, we will be discussing several individual wines from this week’s geographical region. Selecting just two was no easy task; award-winning wines abound in Washington State. However, we accepted the challenge enthusiastically, thrilled to dive into some wonderful lists containing equally wonderful wines.
Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
The first on our list is a renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from Quilceda Creek Vintners. The 2010 vintage of this wine received the unbelievable honor ranking #10 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list. The latest vintage, 2011, was grown in the winery’s own vineyards, and aged for twenty two months in 100% new French oak. The result is an elegant wine, ranking consistently in the mid to high 90-point range.
According to Wine Spectator, this wine is “Polished, vibrant and distinctive, with coffee and jasmine tea accents around a supple core of cherry and red plum fruit.” The finish is long, perfectly balancing the powerful, extensive palate. It is stated to age effortlessly, and will remain an excellent choice for 25 years after bottling.
Poet’s Leap Riesling
Hailing from Long Shadows in Columbia Valley, the 2011 vintage of this Washington white found itself on Wine Advisor’s Top 100 list. Often receiving well over 90 points, this is a must for white wine enthusiasts. Poet’s Leap is crafted by Armin Diel, one of Germany’s most acclaimed Riesling producers. It is a vibrant, well-balanced wine, with a palate consisting of citrus, honey, white flowers, and minerality. It possesses a clean finish and can be enjoyed after years of cellaring. (Poet’s Leap photo courtesy of Crown Wine and Spirits.)
Thank you for reading! We hope you’ve enjoyed this Northwest adventure. Keep your eyes peeled for Friday’s post – a visually stunning infographic based on this week of Washington wine.