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While the cool temperatures of 2010 caused a great deal of consternation among Washington growers and winemakers, the results so far for white wines have been impressive. In fact, 2010 looks to be one of the strongest vintages for Washington whites in recent memory.

The 2010 growing season featured the coolest temperatures the state had seen since 1999, predating the rapid rise in wineries in Washington State. This meant many winemakers, and even many growers, were working in an environment that they were unfamiliar with. Despite this, many excelled.

One of the hallmarks of the 2010 vintage, for both red and white wines, is significantly higher acid levels. During warmer years, such as 2009, achieving phenolic ripeness while retaining sufficient acid levels can be a challenge for white grapes. Not so in 2010, when phenolic ripeness was attained at lower sugar levels while acids remained high.

It did not, however, work out for everyone. Some of the 2010 whites, especially Rieslings, have shown a slight bitter note on the palate. Additionally, some have acidity in the extreme – and this from someone who likes acid. Overall, though the 2010 vintage brings much to enjoy. While Washington whites will most likely always be in the shadow of their red counterparts in terms of both quality and focus, 2010 is one year to drink up.

Below are reviews of white wines from the 2010 vintage arranged by rating.

Maison Bleue Petite Joie Marsanne Boushey Vineyard Yakima Valley 2010 $35

Rating: ** (Exceptional) Intoxicating, compellingly complex aromas of honeydew melon, marzipan, crushed almonds, and spice. Hard to get past the nose and take the first sip. The palate is textured with incredible body and weight with lemony acidity and an exceptionally long finish. Nothing short of an accomplishment of a wine that is the best Marsanne I have had from Washington by a long stretch. 100% Marsanne. Whole cluster pressed and fermented and aged in French oak (30% new). Aged sur lie for 9 months. 100% malolactic fermentation. 13.9% alcohol. 143 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed August 3, 2011

Rasa Vineyards The Lyricist Riesling Columbia Valley 2010 $32

Rating: ** (Exceptional) An extremely aromatic wine with a fresh twist of lemon with honey, lime, green apple, and floral notes. On the sweet side of off-dry but with laser-like focus and beautifully balanced acidity. An extremely long, crisp, lingering finish. An exclamation point on Washington Riesling. 100% Riesling. Bacchus, Kilian, and Dionysus vineyards. 13.3% full botrytis, 16.9% partial botrytis. 4.89% Residual Sugar. 12.3% alcohol. 217 cases produced. Reviewed July 20, 2011

Long Shadows Poet’s Leap Riesling Columbia Valley 2010 $20

Rating: */** (Excellent/Exceptional) Aromatically alluring with bosc pear, nectarine, lime zest, and wet stone. Just off dry with a seamless palate full of white grapefruit flavors and mouthwatering acidity. Lingers impressively on the finish. Reviewed November 17, 2011

Abeja Chardonnay Washington State 2010 $36

Rating: * (Excellent) Beautifully appealing light barrel accents along with tart apple and citrus. A lively, light to medium bodied wine with a textured, creamy feel. 14.0% alcohol. 100% Chardonnay. Conner Lee, Estate.

Abeja Viognier Walla Walla Valley 2010 $28

Rating: * (Excellent) Leaps up from the glass with speckled oak spices, white peaches, and marzipan. The palate is taut and textured with a bright zing of acidity.

Amavi Cellars Semillon Walla Walla Valley 2010 $20
Rating: * (Excellent) An aromatically compelling wine with light spices, touches of pineapple, mango, and straw. The palate is textured and full, shimmering with intensity of melon and citrus flavors. An incredibly long, vibrant finish. Among my favorites from the 2010 vintage. 88% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc. Les Collines, Seven Hills, and Goff vineyards. Aged in neutral French oak. 13.9% alcohol. 612 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.

Cadaretta SBS Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon Columbia Valley 2010 $23

Rating: * (Excellent) A delicious, aromatic wine with gooseberry, mineral, and citrus notes. Palate has a full, rounded feel, full of white grapefruit favors with tart, mouthwatering, racy acidity. A very clean, extremely enjoyable wine. Oysters anyone? 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. Spring Creek, Frenchman Hills, and Rosebud vineyards. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 14.1% alcohol. 820 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed July 6, 2011

Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Cold Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2010 $15
Rating:
* (Excellent) Aromatic and full of ultra ripe peaches - the kind that melt in your mouth - along with key lime and white flowers. Off-dry with fruit that carries seamlessly across the palate followed by a long finish. 100% Riesling. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 12.5% alcohol. 2.18 g/100 ml Residual Sugar. 7,464 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed August 30, 2011

Domaine Pouillon Gewurztraminer Jewitt Creek Columbia Gorge 2010 $15

Rating: * (Excellent) Leaps from the glass with lime, spice, pink grapefruit, white flowers, and melon. Zings across the palate with crisp acidity and lively grapefruit and spice flavors. Capped off by a lingering finish. 100% Gewurztraminer. 13.9% alcohol.

Dowsett Family Wines Gewurztraminer Celilo Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2010 $22

Rating: * (Excellent) An aromatic wine that is like walking through a field of white flowers while holding a freshly cut grapefruit. Tart with racy acidity with loads of spice and grapefruit flavors. Some might find it almost a bit too tart for their taste – others might find it almost a bit too delicious. 173 cases produced. Reviewed July 6, 2011

Efeste Riesling Evergreen Vineyard Columbia Valley 2010 $16

Rating: * (Excellent) Aromas of lemon, lime zest, and mineral notes. The palate has a full feel with mouthwatering acidity. 100% Riesling. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 12.25% alcohol. 1.58 g/100ml Residual Sugar.

Force Majeure Viognier Red Mountain 2010 $35
Rating:
* (Excellent) Very pretty, appealing aromas of white peaches, peppery spice, mineral notes, and touches of tropical fruit. Crisp and etched with acidity with a textured feel and a hyper-extended finish. An emphatic statement of Washington Viognier. 100% Viognier. 67% Ciel du Cheval, 33% Force Majeure Vineyard. 75% aged in neutral French oak and 25% aged in stainless steel. 13.5% alcohol. 80 cases produced. Mark McNeilly winemaker. Reviewed September 2, 2011

Guardian Cellars Angel Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2010
$20
Rating: * (Excellent) Pale in color. Aromas of lime, toasty oak spices, and herbal notes. Tart with crisp on the palate with lime flavors and vibrant, mouthwatering acidity. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Klipsun and Spring Creek vineyards. Barrel fermented in new French oak. 14.0% alcohol. 295 cases produced.

Hestia Cellars Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley 2010 $15
Rating:
* (Excellent) Abundant, ripe Asian pear aromas along with lemon rind and white grapefruit. Palate is crisp and lemony with mouthwatering acidity. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 13.0% alcohol. 200 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed June 27, 2011

Idilico Albarino Washington State 2010 $15
Rating:
* (Excellent) Appealing, perfumed aromas of white flowers, green apple, and spice. Palate is crisp and clean with the hallmark brisk, tart, lemony acidity of the 2010 vintage. Truly summer in a glass. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 12.5% alcohol. 140 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed June 27, 2011

L’Ecole No 41 Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley 2010 $14

Rating: * (Excellent) Light in color. Delicate aromas of fresh cut hay, lime, honey, and Golden Delicious apples. Palate is tart with pink grapefruit, mineral notes, and a zing of acidity. Lingers long after the last sip. 100% Chenin Blanc. Willard Farms, Phil Church vineyards. 1.5% Residual Sugar, 9.3 g/l acid. 13.5% alcohol. 2,122 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed April 27, 2011

Mackey Vineyards Off-Dry Riesling Columbia Valley 2010 $15

Rating: * (Excellent) An aromatic wine with red apples, tropical fruit, honey, and floral notes. Off-dry in style with a fair amount of sugar but well balanced by mouthwatering acidity. A very well-priced bottle of wine for this level of quality. 100% Riesling. Bacchus and Kilian Vineyards. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 12.1% alcohol. 167 cases produced. Reviewed July 20, 2011

Maison Bleue Au Contraire Chardonnay Yakima Valley 2010 $20

Rating: * (Excellent)
Lightly aromatic with mineral, spice, crème fraiche, and yellow apple. Palate is full on the entry and then pulls back and continues with a leaner style with mineral notes accented by a lemony acidity. A long finish on another impressive wine from this emerging star. 100% Chardonnay. Aged in neutral French oak (50%) and stainless steel with partial malolactic fermentation (50%). 13.2% alcohol. 408 cases produced. Reviewed July 8, 2011

Maison Bleue Notre Vie Viognier Arthur’s Vineyard Yakima Valley 2010 $25

Rating: * (Excellent) Far from a fruit bomb aromatically, this wine has fascinating, alluring aromas of floral notes, creamsicle, and spice. On the palate it is tart but with a weighted feel full of minerality and with a steely acidic spine. A beautiful wine that is completely unique for Washington. Enjoy with food to bring out its best. 100% Viognier. Fermented and aged in two to three year old French oak barrels and stainless steel (30%) sur lie for 9 months. 50% malolactic fermentation. 13.5% alcohol. 305 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed August 3, 2011

Matthews Sauvignon Blanc Stillwater Creek Columbia Valley 2010 $30

Rating: * (Excellent) An intriguing aroma profile with herbal notes, slightly under ripe pineapple, lime, and white grapefruit. Crisp and tart on the palate with a zing of acidity. 94% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Semillon. Stillwater Creek, Sagemoor, and Rosebud vineyards. 25% whole cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel. 14% alcohol. 1,021 cases produced. Reviewed November 17, 2011

Pacific Rim Riesling Columbia Valley 2010 $11
Rating:
* (Excellent) Pale lemon yellow. An aromatically compelling wine with floral notes, peaches, and jasmine. The palate is medium-dry and full off mandarin orange and lime flavors, beautifully stitched together with a zing of acidity that carries along to a lingering finish. 100% Riesling. 11.5% alcohol. 2.3% Residual Sugar. Reviewed August 30, 2011

Saviah Cellars Star Meadow White Wine Columbia Valley 2010 $20

Rating: * (Excellent) An aromatic wine full of tropical fruit, buttery spices, pear, and floral notes. The palate is full and textured, rich with fruit and silky oak flavors followed by a spice filled finish. Not shy on the wood but holds it well. 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon. Stillwater Creek and Rosebud vineyards. Aged 7 months in neutral French oak. 13.8% alcohol. 223 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.

Sleight of Hand Cellars The Magician White Wine Evergreen Vineyard Columbia Valley 2010 $17

Rating: * (Excellent) An aromatic wine with peaches, white flowers, honey, and mineral. A full bodied wine that is tart and crisp with rounded fruit flavors, especially lime. This is your perfect, delicious summer wine. 85% Gewurztraminer, 15% Riesling. 12.5% alcohol. 1.1% Residual Sugar. Reviewed July 20, 2011

Syncline Cellars Grüner Veltliner Underwood Mountain Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2009 $20

Rating: * (Excellent) A complex but lightly aromatic wine with spice, straw, abundant mineral notes, a hint of tropical fruit, and beeswax. Mouthwatering acidity on the palate with a pleasing, textured mouthfeel. 100% Grüner Veltliner. Underwood Mountain. 12.5% alcohol. 125 cases produced. Reviewed February 2, 2011

Tenor Wines Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2010 $48

Rating: * (Excellent) Toasty spices leap up from the glass along with kiwi, guava, pineapple, white grapefruit, beeswax, and high-toned herbal notes. The palate is silky, rich, and textured, laced with citrus and tropic fruit flavors accented by vibrant acidity. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Stillwater Creek. Aged 7 months in 100% new French oak. 14.6% alcohol. 93 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed November 17, 2011

Waters Winery Prelude White Wine Columbia Valley 2010 $30

Rating: * (Excellent) A perfumed wine with lemon drop, white peaches, melon, and floral notes. Palate is perfumed and full of fruit flavors with a rounded mouthfeel. Lingers on the finish. 60% Roussanne and 40% Viognier. Alder Ridge and Old Stones Vineyards. 175 cases produced.

William Church Winery Viognier Columbia Valley 2010 $22

Rating: * (Excellent) An aromatic wine with white flowers, peaches, and melon. A full-bodied wine that tingles that palate with ripe peach and floral flavors. 100% Viognier. Conner Lee Vineyard. 290 cases produced.

Woodward Canyon Chardonnay Washington State 2010 $44

Rating: * (Excellent) Aromatically arresting with spice, marzipan, and grass. The palate is textured, speckled with oak flavors. Lingers on the finish. 100% Chardonnay. Woodward Canyon Estate and Celilo vineyards. Fermented and aged in French Burgundy barrels (20% new). 14.5% alcohol. 454 cases produced.

Woodward Canyon Estate Sauvignon Blanc Walla Walla Valley 2010 $26

Rating: * (Excellent) Lightly aromatic with citrus, lime zest, mineral, and gooseberry. The palate is full with great intensity and depth of flavors and bright acidity. A beautiful wine. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Fermented and aged in stainless steel and neutral oak. 14.1% alcohol. 201 cases produced.

Barrister Winery Sauvignon Blanc Klipsun Vineyard Red Mountain 2010 $19

Rating: +/* (Good/Excellent) A fascinating wine chock full of herbal and lees notes along with pineapple upsidedown cake and citrus. The palate is rich and thick – almost gritty in its feel – with abundant pink grapefruit flavors that draw out on the finish. Alcohol bleeds through a bit at times on an otherwise extremely enjoyable wine. 14.3% alcohol. 275 cases produced.

Hard Row to Hoe Shameless Hussy Viognier Columbia Valley 2010 $18

Rating: +/* (Good/Excellent) An aromatic wine full of peaches, pear, bananas, pineapple, and floral notes. A full, viscous mouthfeel loaded with fruit flavors. Alcohol pokes through a bit on this otherwise very enjoyable wine. 14.2% alcohol.

Kyra Wines Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley 2010 $12
Rating:
+/* (Good/Excellent) Almost water white. Pleasing aromas of hay, honeydew melon, and whiffs of pineapple. Rounded, crisp, and tart. An extremely enjoyable wine that is just a tad off-dry but with enough acidity to make it seem less sweet than the RS would indicate. 100% Chenin Blanc. Harold Pleasant Vineyard. 11.5% alcohol. 1.8% Residual Sugar. 402 cases produced. Reviewed June 27, 2011

L’Ecole No 41 Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2010 $19

Rating: +/* (Good/Excellent) Lightly aromatic with yellow apple, tropical fruit, and speckled oak spices. A light to medium bodied wine full of apple flavors that spread out across the palate, accented by crisp acidity. 100% Chardonnay. Evergreen, Schmitt, Stillwater Creek, Bacchus and Oasis vineyards. Aged in second and third year French oak. 14.5% alcohol. 4,650 cases produced.

Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling Washington State 2010 $12
Rating:
+ (Good) An aromatic wine full of ripe yellow apples, the underside of an unripe pineapple, lime zest, quinine, and mineral notes. Palate comes off as just off-dry and tear-drop shaped with a textured feel and a zing of acidity. 100% Riesling. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 12.5% alcohol. 1.58% Residual Sugar. Recommended Reviewed August 30, 2011

Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley 2010 $9
Rating:
+ (Good) A fruit forward, aromatically appealing wine full of ripe tangerine and pear. Rounded and crisp on the palate with pink grapefruit, pear, and peach with well-balanced fruit, sugar, and acidity. 100% Riesling. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 11% alcohol. 2.29% Residual Sugar. Sample provided by winery. Recommended. Reviewed August 30, 2011

Dusted Valley Vintners Boomtown Pinot Gris Washington State 2010 $13

Rating: + (Good) Just the slightest tinge of color. A lightly aromatic wine with bananas and other tropical fruit and apple. The palate has a spritzy feel and is full of mango and banana flavors with a crisp finish. A very clean, enjoyable wine. 100% Pinot Gris. Evergreen Vineyard. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 13.0% alcohol. Recommended.

J Bookwalter Winery Couplet Chardonnay-Viognier Conner Lee Vineyard Columbia Valley 2010 $20

Rating: + (Good) The combination of few words fill me as much fear as these two - Chardonnay and Viognier. These two grapes are incredibly easy to foul up on their own let alone trying to blend them. However, there is nothing to fear with this wine from Bookwalter, one that beautifully combines the best that these grapes have to offer. An aromatic wine with floral notes, peaches, pear, and spice. The palate has abundant peach, melon, and apple flavors with crisp, mouthwatering acidity. 74% Chardonnay, 26% Viognier. Co-fermented and aged in stainless steel. 13.5% alcohol. 1,184 cases produced. Recommended. Reviewed July 6, 2011

JM Cellars Bramble Bump White Wine Columbia Valley 2010 $17

Rating: + (Good) A moderately aromatic wine with melon, apple, and light floral notes. The palate is medium bodied with crisp acidity. 50% Viognier, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, and 10% Semillon. 13.8% alcohol. Recommended.

Kiona Wine Reserve Dry Riesling Red Mountain 2010 $15
Rating: + (Good) Pretty aromatics of floral notes, tangerines, pear, and hints of tropical fruit. The palate is dry but with a lot of sweet fruit flavors and a full mouthfeel. 13% alcohol. Recommended. Reviewed February 14, 2011

Saviah Cellars The Jack Riesling Columbia Valley 2010 $15

Rating: + (Good) Aromas of ripe pear and peach along with chamomile and a lime twist. The palate is on the slightly sweeter side of off-dry but with well balanced acidity. Lingers for a long finish. 100% Riesling. Evergreen Vineyard. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 12.4% alcohol. 1.79% Residual Sugar. 1,084 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Recommended.

Alexandria Nicole Cellars Shepherd’s Mark White Wine Destiny Ridge Vineyards Horse Heaven Hills 2010 $20

Rating: + (Good) An aromatically appealing wine with cantaloupe, tropical fruit, and spice. The palate is medium to full bodied with a creamy, fleshy feel full of melon flavors. 62% Roussanne, 22% Viognier, and 16% Marsanne. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 13.6% alcohol. 488 cases produced.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Riesling Columbia Valley 2010 $9

Rating: + (Good) An aromatic wine marked by floral notes, white grapefruit, tangerine, and honey. The palate has a weighted feel with a fair amount of residual sugar but enough acidity to hold it together. 4.98 g/100ml Residual Sugar. 0.82g/100 ml Total Acidity. 10.5% alcohol. Reviewed April 27, 2011

Corvidae Wine Company Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2010 $12

Rating: + (Good) Shows aromas of yellow and red apple aromas along with a touch of tropical fruit. Palate is crisp and tart with a textured feel. Alcohol shows through at times. Reviewed October 31, 2011

Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling Columbia Valley 2010 $9
Rating:
+ (Good) Appealing aromas of lime and white peach. The palate is crisp with tart acidity. 100% Riesling. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 13.0% alcohol. 0.75g/100ml Residual Sugar. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed August 30, 2011

Chateau Ste. Michelle Waussie Riesling Columbia Valley 2010 $17

Rating: + (Good) Abundant ripe pear aromas, white peach, and quinine. The palate is crisp, almost tingly, with taught, enamel stripping acidity - in a good way! 100% Riesling. 13.0% alcohol. 0.62 g/100ml Residual Sugar. 612 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.

Fjellene Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Walla Walla Valley 2010 $22

Rating: + (Good) Aromas of pear, melon, and touches of tropical fruit. Fresh and fruit-filled on the palate with abundant grapefruit flavors. 100% Les Collines Vineyard Block 2. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 13.0% alcohol. 125 cases produced. Reviewed July 20, 2011

Gilbert Cellars Unoaked Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2010 $20

Rating: + (Good) A moderately aromatic wine with lemon, citrus, and spice. Tart and medium bodied on the palate with a pleasing citric kick. 100% Chardonnay. Aged 4 months in stainless steel. 13% alcohol. 225 cases produced.

Hard Row to Hoe Sauvignon Blanc Yakima Valley 2010 $22

Rating:
+ (Good) A very intriguing, varietally correct wine with snapped green pepper, asparagus, mango, and lemon zest. Palate is tart and appealing with a broad mouthfeel and abundant grapefruit and herbal flavors. Thins out toward the finish. Lonesome Springs Ranch. 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Muscadelle de Bordelaise. 13.8% alcohol. 250 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.

K Vintners Viognier Columbia Valley 2010 $25

Rating: + (Good) A moderately aromatic wine with peaches, white flowers, and touches of honey. Tart and tingly on the palate with a slightly bitter finish. 100% Viognier. Art Den Hoed Vineyard. Fermented and aged in neutral French oak. 14.1% alcohol.

L’Ecole No 41 Estate Luminesce Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2010 $19

Rating: + (Good) An appealing wine with apricot, light barrel spices, and citrus notes. The palate is rounded with a bright acidity and creamy, textured feel leading to a drawn out finish. 67% Semillon, 33% Sauvignon Blanc. Aged in neutral French oak. 14.5% alcohol. 850 cases produced.

Nefarious Cellars Riesling Stones Throw Vineyard Estate Grown Columbia Valley 2010 $19

Rating: + (Good) A moderately aromatic wine with lime zest, grapefruit, and mineral notes. The palate is crisp and clean, just a tad off dry, with mouthwatering acidity. A very enjoyable bottle that is priced on the high side for Washington Riesling but also provides a compelling example of this unique area.

Patterson Cellars Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2010 $20

Rating: + (Good) Pale lemon yellow. Aromatically quiet initially with apple, melon, and spice. The palate is richly textured with touches of banana flavors and a full bodied feel. 100% Chardonnay. Safecliff and Lewis vineyards. 55% Steel tank fermented, 45% neutral barrel. 14.8% alcohol.

Pomum Cellars Riesling Snipes Mountain 2010 $16

Rating: + (Good) Leaps from the glass with ripe peach, citrus zest, and creamsicle. The palate is off-dry, ripe and full of peach flavors. 100% Riesling. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 12.5% alcohol. 130 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed September 28, 2011

Rotie Cellars Southern White Wine Washington State 2010 $28

Rating: + (Good) Pale lemon yellow. A moderately aromatic wine with white flowers, peaches, and orange peel. The palate is rich and textured with a huge inner mouth perfume. 50% Viognier, 30% Roussanne, and 20% Marsanne. 375 cases produced.

Tempus Cellars Riesling Evergreen Vineyard Columbia Valley 2010 $16

Rating: + (Good) Pale lemon yellow. An aromatic wine with floral notes, lime zest, and tangerines. The palate has an almost frizzante feel with abundant pink grapefruit flavors. 100% Riesling. 12.8% alcohol. 1.3% Residual Sugar. 250 cases produced.

Trust Cellars Riesling Columbia Valley 2010 $16

Rating: + (Good) Aromatically a bit closed up initially with lemon rind, white peaches, and floral notes. Off-dry with a tingle to the palate. 100% Riesling. 12.4% alcohol. 1.5 g/100ml sugar.

Magnificent Wine Company Fish House Sauvignon Blanc Washington State 2010 $11

Rating: ./+ (Decent/Good) An enjoyable wine full of gooseberry, herbal notes, tropical fruit, and white grapefruit flavors. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. 13.0% alcohol. 3,200 cases produced.

Barrage Cellars Riesling Yakima Valley 2010 $18

Rating: . (Decent) Aromatics are very leesy along with tangerine and peach notes. Palate is medium sweet with abundant peach flavors. 100% Riesling. Dineen and Les Vignes de Marcoux vineyards. Sample provided by winery.

Desert Wind Bare Naked Viognier Wahluke Slope 2010 $15

Rating: . (Decent) Water white in color. A moderately aromatic wine with floral notes, white grapefruit, and white peaches. Full and fleshy on the palate with an oily feel. Shows some alcohol at times. 100% Viognier. Desert Wind Vineyard.

Hard Row to Hoe Marsanne Yakima Valley 2010
$NA
Rating: . (Decent) Toasty, smoky notes dominate aromatically followed by melon. Has a full, textured, oily feel. The oak rules the day, lingering long after each sip. 14.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.

Naches Heights Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley 2010 $13

Rating: . (Decent) Pale in color. A moderately aromatic wine with lemon rind, banana, tropical fruit, and floral notes. Palate comes off as a bit bitter and wanting more fruit concentration.

Passion Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2010 $13

Rating: . (Decent) Just a tinge of color. A moderately aromatic wine with citrus and white grapefruit. Palate is dry and mouthwatering with abundant lime and grapefruit flavors. Has a slightly bitter note on the finish. 13.0% alcohol.

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2 comments

  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. When is Poet's Leap EVER not excellent/exceptional?! Year in and year out probably my favorite WA white wine!

     
  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. One more note to Woodward Canyon. OK, your 09 chardonnay was awesome, and the 10 has gotten a nice review from Sean. However, $44.00/bottle? Arent you getting a little carried away? You're going to force me to look elsewhere for a good WA chard and I dont really want to.

     

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