Washington wines were once again well represented on Wine Spectator’s annual Top 100 list with seven wines listed, including two in the top fifteen. All of the Washington wines selected were in the first fifty.
The highest ranking Washington wine was the 2008 Baer Ursa, which came in at number 6. This is the first time that a wine from Woodinville’s Baer Winery has been listed in Wine Spectator’s Top 100, an affirmation of the winery’s path since the tragic passing of Lance Baer in 2007.
Fellow Woodinville winery Efeste made another appearance in the Top 100 list – it’s second since its inaugural vintage in 2006. The 2008 Jolie Bouche Syrah from Boushey Vineyard came in at number 15. This is the highest a Washington Syrah has ever ranked in Wine Spectator’s annual Top 100 list, a nod to both the quality and value to be found in these wines in Washington. Mark my word. A Washington Syrah will one day make it to the top of this list.
This year’s Top 100 also included a group of wineries that are not strangers to the list, including Januik, Owen Roe, Andrew Will, Tamarack, and L’Ecole No 41. Of note, this is the second year in a row that Owen Roe and Tamarack have been on the list. For Walla Walla Valley’s L’Ecole No 41, it was the capstone of a year that also saw a successful rebranding. Showing that the list makers also have a sense of humor, L’Ecole’s wine came in at No. 41.
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