Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The March of the 2012 Vintage Washington Whites

2012 marked a return to warmer times in Washington. After two successive cool vintages – which made for some thrilling white wines, especially in 2010 – 2012 tracked close to historical averages in terms of temperature.

One of the notable aspects of the vintage was a 100-day spell with no measurable precipitation from July through mid-October. While large amounts of rainfall are never particularly common in eastern Washington, where most areas receive less than ten inches of precipitation annually, this was unusual and certainly contributed to the resulting wines, white and red.

Washington white wines from 2012 are, generally speaking, considerably richer in style than their 2010 and 2011 vintage counterparts. Many are also higher in alcohol, some considerably so. As I noted here, while many 2010 and 2011 vintage red wines are noted by having listed alcohol levels under 14%, many white wines from the 2012 vintage have alcohol levels over 14%. Some of these wines were able to balance the higher alcohol levels with richer fruit flavors. Others were not.

Below is a summary of 2012 vintage wine reviews from Washington, including wines previously published as well as new reviews. I have also included at the bottom a listing of currently published Wine Enthusiast Washington white wine reviews from the 2012 vintage. You can read the individual tasting notes, which are freely available, by searching for them here. Note that Wine Enthusiast also recently launched an impressive mobile phone application that also makes the reviews accessible on the go. Find it here.

Ashan Winery Chardonnay Celilo Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2012 $45
A nuanced wine with candy corn, lemon butter, spice, and mineral notes. The palate is textured, rich yet restrained with lemony acidity running throughout and a lingering finish. A beautiful expression of Chardonnay. 100% Chardonnay. Barrel fermented using native yeast. Aged sur lees for 9 months in 40% new French oak. 13.3% alcohol.(Wine Enthusiast review to be published in subsequent issue). Reviewed December 3, 2013

Ashan Winery Chardonnay Kestrel Vineyard Yakima Valley 2012 $45
 (Exceptional)An aromatic offering of Chardonnay with buttery spices, caramel, toast, and tropical fruit. The palate is full bodied, viscous and rich with a palate coating, creamy feel and an extended finish. Not for the faint of heart, it’s an unapologetically bold Chardonnay that delivers the goods. 100% Chardonnay. Barrel fermented and aged 10 months in French oak (100% new). 14.9% alcohol. Reviewed December 3, 2013

Ashan Winery Chardonnay Conner Lee Vineyard Columbia Valley 2012 $45
 (Exceptional)Coming from Clone 15 1991 plantings, it’s an arresting wine with cardamom, sweet spices, light buttery notes, toast, and tropical fruit. The palate is full bodied, incredibly rich with a lot of viscosity and texture that lead to a warm, 30-plus second finish. It’s a bold, high octane wine but by and large it holds it. 100% Chardonnay. Barrel fermented and aged 10 month in French oak (100% new). 15.2% alcohol. Reviewed December 3, 2013

Amavi Cellars Semillon Walla Walla Valley 2012 $21
 (Excellent/Exceptional) An aromatic wine redolent with lemon curd, fig, melted butter, and spice. The palate is full bodied and textured with rich fruit flavors that linger on the finish. 89% Semillon, 11% Sauvignon Blanc. Les Collines (52%), Seven Hills (28%) and Goff vineyards. Aged in French oak (0% new). 13.9% alcohol. 871 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed October 28, 2013

Ancestry Cellars Reunion Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012 $25
 (Excellent/Exceptional) A moderately aromatic wine with squash, straw, toast, and light barrel notes. The palate has sweet – almost seeming off-dry but its just richness – fruit flavors with a textured, broad feel. Quite different from the 2011 vintage – much fuller in style - but every bit as successful and, again, an exciting wine. 100% Chardonnay. Wautoma Winds Vineyard. 100% Chardonnay. Aged in French oak (55% new). 14.6% alcohol. Reviewed October 16, 2013

Lauren Ashton Cellars Roussanne Columbia Valley 2012 $25
(Excellent/Exceptional) Lightly aromatic initially, it opens to reveal toast, almond butter, pear, and whiffs of tropical fruit. The palate is medium-plus bodied, textured with a creamy feel and a lingering finish. Among the finest examples I’ve had from the state. Aged in one third new oak, one third neutral, and one third stainless steel. Dineen Family Vineyard. 13.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed November 6, 2013

Lauren Ashton Cellars Semillon Columbia Valley 2012 $27
 (Excellent/Exceptional) Draws you into the glass with dried fig, dried papaya, caramel, and oak spices. The palate is broad and textured in feel with great depth of flavors. Dineen Family Vineyard. Barrel fermented and aged in neutral French oak. 14.2% alcohol. 138 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed November 6, 2013

Gorman Winery Big Sissy Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012 $35
 (Excellent/Exceptional)A moderately aromatic wine that draws you into the glass with complex notes of toasty spices, roasted pumpkin, tropical fruit, and candy corn. The palate is full bodied, viscous and textured in feel with great depth to the sweet fruit flavors and a lingering finish. 100% Chardonnay (70% Conner Lee, 20% Celilo, and 10% Kestrel Old Vine). Aged in French oak. 14.8% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed November 30, 2013

Trust Cellars Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $16
 (Excellent/Exceptional) An aromatic wine redolent with peach, herbs, and lemon zest. It’s off-dry with exceptionally well-balanced acidity and abundant stone fruit flavors. 100% Riesling. 11.6% alcohol. 1.95% Residual Sugar. 942 cases produced. Reviewed November 26, 2013

Woodward Canyon Chardonnay Washington State 2012 $44
 (Excellent/Exceptional)Draws you into the glass with pear, candy corn, apple, spicy barrel notes, and a light nuttiness. The palate is medium bodied with vibrant fruit flavors, a lot of texture and depth, a lick of lemony acidity and a drawn out finish. Almost criminal to drink without pairing with crab cakes. 100% Chardonnay. Woodward Canyon Estate (71%) and Celilo vineyards. Aged in French Burgundy barrels (approximately 20% new). 14.1% alcohol. 873 cases produced. Reviewed December 5, 2013

Abeja Estate Viognier Walla Walla Valley 2012 $30
 (Excellent) A moderately aromatic wine with oak spices, candle wax, white flowers, and pear. The palate is textured and rich in feel with a warm finish. 100% Viognier. Mill Creek Vineyard. Aged 5 months in two and three year old French oak. 14.2% alcohol. 238 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed October 28, 2013

Andrew Will Cuvee Lucia Viognier Antoine Creek Vineyard Washington State 2012 $25
 (Excellent) An aromatically appealing wine with white peach, mineral, honeysuckle, and apple. The palate is textured with a real sense of freshness. 13% alcohol. Reviewed October 11, 2013

Avennia Oliane Sauvignon Blanc Yakima Valley 2012 $25
 (Excellent) An alluring wine with a beautiful mixture of barrel spices, fruit aromas that range from peach to kiwi, and fresh herbs. The palate is rich, concentrated, and flavorful with a long, drawn out finish. A thoroughly delicious, lip smacking wine that is true to the warmer vintage while still retaining its typicity and acidity. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Boushey (approximately two thirds) and Red Willow vineyards. Barrel fermented in French oak (20% new) and aged sur lies for 7 months. 13.8% alcohol. 190 cases produced. Reviewed October 11, 2013

Cairdeas Nellie Mae Viognier 60% Roussanne 40% Columbia Valley 2012 $22
 (Excellent) An aromatic wine with orange peel, pear, and tropical notes. The palate is dry, full bodied, weighty and textured with a lingering finish. 60% Roussanne, 40% Roussanne. Lawrence and Antoine Creek vineyards. Aged in stainless steel. 13% alcohol. 100 cases produced.

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Unoaked Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012 $12
 (Excellent) A direct and aromatically appealing wine with pear, melon, freshly cut pineapple, and tropical fruit. The palate is medium-plus bodied with concentrated, rounded fruit flavors that lead to a tart finish with a pleasing all-around balance. About as good of an unoaked Chardonnay as I’ve seen from Washington at a price that’s outrageous for the quality that’s in the bottle. 100% Chardonnay. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 13.5% alcohol. Reviewed October 31, 2013

Dunham Cellars Riesling Lewis Estate Vineyard Columbia Valley 2012 $20
 (Excellent)An aromatic wine with peach, mineral, and pear. The palate is off-dry with tart, racy acidity. 100% Riesling. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 2.1% Residual Sugar. 11.0% alcohol. Reviewed December 7, 2013

Dunham Cellars Shirley Mays Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012 $24
 (Excellent)Aromatically appealing with pear, tropical fruit, and spice. The palate is rich, ripe, and rounded with a pleasing texture and sense of balance. 100% Chardonnay. Lewis, Wallula, Abeja, Conner Lee, Sagemoor, and Mill Creek vineyards. Aged in stainless steel (70%) and French oak. 14.0% alcohol. Reviewed December 7, 2013

EFESTE Feral Sauvignon Blanc Yakima Valley 2012 $20
 (Excellent) A moderately aromatic wine with abundant mineral notes along with herb, lemon verbena, and kumquat. Especially considering the warmth of the vintage, the palate is somewhat leaner in style with a tart, vibrant lick of acidity. The perfect oyster wine. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Evergreen Vineyard. Aged in neutral French oak. 13.50% alcohol.

EFESTE Riesling Evergreen Vineyard Columbia Valley 2012 $20
 (Excellent) All coming from a single block of Evergreen Vineyard (Block 9), it’s a moderately aromatic wine with white peach, lime leaf, and mineral notes. The palate drinks just about dry with tart, vibrant acidity and a long, drawn out finish. A beautiful expression of Washington State Riesling. 100% Riesling. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 12.80% alcohol. 10.50 g/L residual sugar. Sample provided by winery.

FIGGINS Riesling Walla Walla Valley 2012 $30
 (Excellent)Walla Walla is red wine country but this wine (and a few others) show that whites can do well here. It’s a moderately aromatic wine full of white peach, a touch of lime, and floral notes. It drinks dry with bright, tart acidity. 100% Riesling. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. Figgins Estate Vineyard. 12% alcohol. 6.0g/L Residual Sugar. 9.0g/L Total Acidity. 114 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed December 4, 2013

For A Song Riesling Caliche Lake Vineyard Columbia Valley 2012 $10
 (Excellent) A moderately aromatic wine with peach, pear, and abundant mineral notes. It’s off dry with beautifully balanced, mouthwatering acidity and an extended finish. One to stock up on, this is an absolutely terrific value outshining many considerably more expensive wines. 11.9% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed May 31, 2013

Kyra Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley 2012 $13
 (Excellent) A moderately aromatic wine with floral notes, kiwi, green apple skin, and honeycomb. The palate is medium bodied, off dry but drinking considerably drier than its residual sugar might indicate, beautifully balanced by tart, citric acidity. An extremely enjoyable, refreshing summer wine and perfect for pairing with spicy fare. 100% Chenin Blanc. Harold Pleasant Vineyard. 11.5% alcohol. 1.5% Residual Sugar. 397 cases produced. Reviewed June 28, 2013

Lauren Ashton Cellars Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012 $NA
 (Excellent) An aromatic Chardonnay with abundant toast notes along with coconut shavings, dried pineapple, mineral, and spice. The palate is full bodied with rich fruit, textured flavors and abundant oak influence. For fans of a rich, full bodied style, look no further; this wine brings it. Give time to open up. 100% Chardonnay. Wautoma Vineyard. Aged in new and neutral French oak with partial malolactic fermentation. 14.2% alcohol. 150 cases produced. Note: To be released in one year. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed November 6, 2013

L'Ecole No 41 Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley 2012 $14
(Excellent) An aromatic wine with pear, melon, floral notes, and whiffs of tropical fruit. It’s medium bodied, off dry with well-balanced acidity and abundant pear flavors that carry through on the finish. A superb wine and an outrageous value at this price. 100% Chenin Blanc. Willard Farms, Phil Church, Upland, and Rothrock vineyards. 0.8% Residual Sugar, 6.5g/L TA, 13.5% alcohol. 3,850 cases produced. Reviewed May 31, 2013

L'Ecole No 41 Luminesce Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2012 $20
 (Excellent) More reserved in style than the winery’s Klipsun Vineyard offering from the same vintage, it’s an aromatically appealing and complex wine with dried fig, toast, light tropical notes, and spice. The palate is medium bodied showing a bit of warmth on the finish. 61% Semillon, 39% Sauvignon Blanc. Seven Hills Vineyard. Barrel fermented and aged four months in French oak with partial malolactic fermentation (30%). 14.5% alcohol. 1,260 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed October 28, 2013

Long Shadows Poet's Leap Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $20
(Excellent) An aromatically appealing wine with nectarine and wet stone. The palate is just off dry with abundant stone fruit flavors and tart, puckering acidity. 100% Riesling. Sonnet, Phil Church, Underwood, and Sagemoor vineyards. 12.90% alcohol. 1.25% Residual Sugar. Reviewed November 26, 2013

Maison Bleue Jaja White Wine Columbia Valley 2012 $25
 (Excellent) An aromatic tour de force with complex aromas of grapefruit peel, tangerine, pear, star fruit, cantaloupe, mineral, and citrus. The palate is medium bodied, dry, textured, and fresh with abundant mineral flavors and a grapefruit pith finish. A thoroughly delicious wine – truly the perfect summer wine - that screams out for food but also stands up on its own. 50% Marsanne, 23% Roussanne, 18% Grenache Blanc, 9% Picpoul Blanc. Boushey and Dutchman (Roussanne) vineyards. Co-fermented in three year old French barrels (50%) and stainless steel. 13.4% alcohol. 311 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed July 17, 2013

Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Pinot Gris Columbia Valley 2012 $13
 (Excellent) A moderately aromatic wine with pear, melon, citrus, and spice. The palate is medium bodied with tart, crisp green apple and white grapefruit flavors and a mineral filled finish. A delightful bottle of wine that screams for summer. 100% Pinot Gris. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 12.5% alcohol. 9,000 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed April 29, 2013

Novelty Hill Sauvignon Blanc Stillwater Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2012 $19
(Excellent) An aromatically appealing wine with citrus, pear, herbs, and spice. The palate is medium bodied with refreshing, tart fruit flavors with a sense of depth and intensity. An absolutely beautiful wine that is one of the best expressions I have had of the varietal from this vintage. 79% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% Semillon. Barrel fermented and aged seven months in one and two year old French oak. 13.5% alcohol. 1,258 cases produced.

Three Rivers Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2012 $16
 (Excellent) A moderately aromatic wine with fresh squeezed lemon, tropical fruit, cream, and toasty spices. The palate is tart and spritely with a big blast of citric acidity that carries it along on the finish. A beautiful wine that also provides a lot of value. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Gamache (92%) and Klipsun vineyards. Aged 7 months in French oak (15% new). 13.4% alcohol. 270 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.

William Church Winery Viognier Columbia Valley 2012 $23
 (Excellent) An aromatic wine with pear, peach, and floral notes. The palate is textured, rich and fresh in feel with abundant stone fruit flavors. Reviewed November 26, 2013

Balboa Winery Mith Roussanne Summit View Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2012 $30
 (Good/Excellent) Moderately aromatic with melon, lees, and spice. The palate is full bodied with a rich, texture feel, showing some heat on the finish. 100% Roussanne. Barrel fermented (70%) and aged in neutral French oak along with stainless steel with partial malolactic fermentation. 14% alcohol. 65 cases produced.

Cairdeas Reserve Nellie Mae White Wine Columbia Valley 2012 $26
 (Good/Excellent) A moderately aromatic wine with pear, citrus, and abundant barrel notes. The palate is full bodied with sweet fruit flavors and a lot of texture and viscosity. 60% Viognier, 40% Roussanne. Lawrence and Antoine Creek vineyards. Barrel fermented in new French oak and aged in stainless steel. 13.3% alcohol.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Cold Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2012 $18
 (Good/Excellent) An aromatic wine full of ripe peach and apricot. The palate is off-dry, medium bodied with a slightly bitter finish. 100% Riesling. 1.98g/100 ml Residual Sugar. 12.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.

DiStefano Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2012 $19
 (Good/Excellent) A ripe, aromatic wine with pear, tropical fruit, and light spices. The palate is creamy and textured with tart fruit flavors. A little heat on the finish holds it back. 91% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Semillon. 14.0% alcohol. 825 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed July 17, 2013

Elevation Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2012 $NA
 (Good/Excellent) This one hundred percent varietal wine is aromatically complex with banana peel, dried pineapple, herbs, grass, and wheat. The palate is ripe and medium bodied. What it lacks in terms of midplate concentration it makes up for with a tart lick of acidity on the finish. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Rosebud Vineyard (Wahluke Slope). Aged in French oak (25% new). 13.9% alcohol. 70 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.

Goose Ridge g3 Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012 $16
 (Good/Excellent) Winemaker Kendall Mix has shown a knack for making Chardonnay over the years and it’s displayed nicely here. This is an aromatically appealing wine with toasty barrel spices, pineapple, mango, pear, and cream. The palate is fuller bodied and rich in style with a creamy feel and abundant tropical fruit and spice flavors, displaying a beautiful sense of balance throughout. 100% Chardonnay. Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard. Partially barrel fermented as well as stainless steel. 13.8% alcohol. 2,069 cases produced. Reviewed October 31 2013

JM Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Klipsun Vineyard Red Mountain 2012 $25
 (Good/Excellent) Moderately aromatic with grass, citrus, and Bosc pear. The palate is medium-plus bodied with a broad feel, showing some heat on the finish. 95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 14.1% alcohol.

L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon Columbia Valley 2012 $14
 (Good/Excellent) Lightly aromatic and appealing with fig, spice, tropical notes and toast. The palate is broad with a textured feel leading to a warm finish. 87% Sémillon, 13% Sauvignon Blanc. Klipsun, Rosebud, Desert Wind, Stillwater Creek, Seven Hills and Les Collines vineyards. Barrel fermented and aged in new and neutral French oak. 14.5% alcohol. 5,365 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed September 29, 2013

L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc Klipsun Vineyard Red Mountain2012 $19
 (Good/Excellent) Draws you into the glass with notes of cream, spice, herbs, and light tropical notes. The palate is drawn out with seamless fruit flavors that linger on the finish. Shows a bit of heat but generally it holds it. 67% Semillon, 33% Sauvignon Blanc. 14.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed October 28, 2013

L'Ecole No. 41 Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012 $21
 (Good/Excellent) An aromatically appealing wine with toasty spices, caramel, mineral, and tropical fruit. The palate is rich and full with a warm finish. 100% Chardonnay. Schmitt, Evergreen, and Oasis vineyards. Aged six months in French oak. 14.5% alcohol. 4,825 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed October 28, 2013

Obelisco Estate Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $22
 (Good/Excellent) Moderately aromatic with lime, peach, honeysuckle, and mineral notes. The palate is dry with tart acidity. A fine (and rare) example of a dry Washington Riesling. 100% Riesling. 11.6% alcohol. 350 cases produced.

Sparkman Cellars Apparition White Wine Yakima Valley 2012 $32
 (Good/Excellent) A moderately aromatic wine with pear, yellow apple, and ale. The palate is full bodied with rich fruit flavors and a warm finish. 66% Roussanne, 17% Grenache Blanc, and 17% Marsanne. Boushey and Olsen vineyards. Aged in neutral French oak. 14.5% alcohol.

Tamarack CellarsViognier Columbia Valley 2012 $24
 (Good/Excellent)Lightly aromatic with white peach and melon. The palate has a textured feel without ever going over the top or seeming oily. 100% Viognier. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 13.4% alcohol. 120 cases produced. Reviewed December 7, 2013

Woodinville Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2012 $18
 (Good/Excellent) An aromatically appealing wine with gooseberry, pink grapefruit, and lemon zest. It’s dry and medium plus bodied with creamy fruit flavors. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Artz (80%) and Stillwater Creek vineyards. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 14.0% alcohol. 665 cases produced.

Woodward Canyon Estate Sauvignon Blanc Walla Walla Valley 2012 $26
 (Good/Excellent)A moderately aromatic wine with gooseberry, melon, toasty spices, and herbs. The palate is ripe and rich while still retaining good acidity with the alcohol occasionally poking through and providing some distraction. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Aged in neutral French oak. 14.3% alcohol. 355 cases produced. Reviewed December 5, 2013

Anew Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $11
 (Good) An aromatic wine with dried apricot, lime spritz, and canned pears. The palate is off-dry with light, beautifully balanced fruit flavors and a light spritz lifting the finish. 88% Riesling, 10% Gewurztraminer, and 2% Muscat Canelli. 11.5% alcohol. 2.44g/100ml Residual Sugar. 0.73g/100ml TA. 70,000 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Recommended Reviewed July 30, 2013

Barnard Griffin Pinot Gris Columbia Valley 2012 $12
(Good) A lightly aromatic wine with dried tropical fruit (papaya and dried pineapple), apple, and citrus notes. The palate has generous fruit flavors while retaining a very pleasing lightness of expression. Finishes with a cleansing lick of acidity. Caroway Vineyard. 12.8% alcohol. 1,022 cases produced. Recommended Reviewed July 30, 2013

Barnard Griffin Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $10
(Good) Aromatic and appealing with ripe peach, lime, and floral notes. The palate is off dry with lime and stone fruit flavors. 100% Riesling. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. Caroway Vineyard. 11.8% alcohol. 4,000 cases produced.

Bergevin Lane Dreamweaver Roussanne Columbia Valley 2012 $24
(Good) Moderately aromatic with herbs, cauliflower, citrus, and oak spices. The palate is full bodied and rich in feel, tapering toward the finish. 88% Roussanne and 12% Viognier. Gamache, Far Away, and Francisca’s vineyards. 14.3% alcohol.

Bergevin Lane Love Struck Viognier Columbia Valley 2012 $22
(Good) A moderately aromatic wine with pear and peach. It’s full bodied with textured fruit flavors. 91% Viognier, 9% Roussanne. Gamache, Far Away, and Francisca’s vineyards. Aged sur lie in neutral oak. 13.9% alcohol.

Bookwalter Couplet Chardonnay-Viognier Conner Lee Vineyard Columbia Valley 2012 $20
(Good) An aromatic wine redolent with pear, peach, and floral notes, displaying a real sense of freshness. It’s full bodied and richly flavored, drinking just off dry. Alcohol pokes through on the finish. 60% Chardonnay, 40% Viognier. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 14.2% alcohol. 1,739 cases produced.

Convergence Zone Cellars Drizzle Pinot Gris Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain 2012 $19
(Good) Moderately aromatic with yellow apple, pear, and mineral notes. The palate is medium sweet with a drawn out finish. 100% Pinot Gris. 10.7% alcohol. 3% Residual Sugar. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed May 9, 2013

Cote Bonneville Estate Riesling Yakima Valley 2012 $22
 (Good) Moderately aromatic with notes of peach, floral shampoo, mineral, and herbs. The palate is off dry with abundant stone fruit flavors. 100% Riesling. 4.5% Residual Sugar. 10% alcohol. 225 cases produced.

Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling Evergreen Vineyard Washington State 2012 $12
 (Good) An aromatically appealing wine with white peach, mineral, and jasmine. It’s off-dry with a nice lick of acid to off-set the rich fruit flavors. Reviewed September 29, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $10
 (Good) A moderately aromatic wine with peach and apricot. The palate is medium sweet with ripe fruit flavors. 10.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed June 28, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $10
 (Good) A moderately aromatic wine with ripe peach and honeysuckle. It’s off-dry, medium bodied with a lick of acid on the finish. 12.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed June 28, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $10
 (Good) A moderately aromatic wine with ripe peach, citrus, and jasmine. The palate is just off dry with tart, somewhat sharp edged acids. 13.0% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed June 28, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2012 $11
 (Good) An aromatically appealing wine with citrus and light herbs. It’s medium bodied, full of tart fruit flavors that carry through to the middle before moving toward the edges on the second half. 13.0% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Recommended. Reviewed June 28, 2013

College Cellars Semillon Clark Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2012 $14
 (Good) An aromatically appealing wine – though initially a bit reduced - with ripe fig, fresh herbs, citrus, and a pad of unmelted butter. The palate is medium bodied – the throttle pulled back considerably – with tart fruit flavors. 100% Semillon. Clarke Vineyard. Aged 6 months in neutral French oak with full malolactic fermentation. 13% alcohol. 56 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed November 30, 2013

Echo Ridge Cellars Muscat Canelli Echo Ridge Vineyard Columbia Valley 2012 $18
(Good) Moderately aromatic with orange blossom, dried apricot, and citrus. The palate is medium sweet with stone fruit flavors. 86% Muscat Canelli, 14% Orange Muscat. Fermented and aged 6 months in stainless steel. 13.6% alcohol. 147 cases produced.

Forgeron Cellars Ambiance White Wine Columbia Valley 2012 $25
 (Good) A moderately aromatic wine with apricot, honeysuckle, floral notes, ripe pear, and light oak spices. The palate is medium bodied, fresh and fruit filled with tart flavors. 38% Viognier, 23% Roussanne, 23% Marsanne, and 16% Grenache Blanc. Francesca, Crawford, and Boushey vineyards. Aged in neutral French oak. 14.1% alcohol. 322 cases produced. Reviewed October 28, 2013

Gilbert Cellars Unoaked Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012 $20
(Good) Lightly aromatic with spice and pear. It’s medium bodied, drinking just a hair off dry with a rounded feel. 100% Chardonnay. Aged in stainless steel. 13.5% alcohol. 1,200 cases produced.

Hogue Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2012 $11
(Good) Light varietal aromas of herbs and white grapefruit rise up from the glass along with tropical notes. The palate is medium bodied, fresh with tart fruit flavors, kiwi notes, and a grapefruit pith finish. A very enjoyable, very varietal and well priced wine. 13.5% alcohol. Recommended Reviewed July 30, 2013

Idilico Albariño Washington 2012 $15
 (Good) A moderately aromatic wine with citrus zest, lime, and floral notes. The palate has broad fruit flavors and a creamy mouthfeel. 12.5% alcohol. Recommended

Januik Winery Sauvignon Blanc Sagemoor Vineyards Columbia Valley 2012 $22
 (Good) Lightly aromatic with citrus, oak spices, fig, and cream. The palate is broad and creamy in feel with medium-plus bodied fruit flavors. An enjoyable wine with the oak getting just a bit out front. 83% Sauvignon Blanc, 17% Semillon. 13.5% alcohol. 448 cases produced.

Lopez Island Vineyards and Winery Siegerrebe Puget Sound 2012 $25
(Good) An aromatic tour de force with freshly cut pink grapefruit, floral notes, and other citrus notes. The palate is medium bodied with off-dry fruit flavors. A straightforward crowd pleaser that’s a nice alternative to Moscato. 12% alcohol.

Long Shadows Nine Hats Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $12
 (Good) Moderately aromatic with lime, peach, and floral notes. The palate is off dry with abundant peach flavors and a big boost of acidity. 12.5% alcohol. Recommended

Market Vineyards Liquidity White Wine Columbia Valley 2012 $20
 (Good) An aromatic wine with pear, peach, and white flowers. It’s full bodied and drinks off dry with an oily feel. 50% Viognier, 50% Roussanne. Gamache Vineyard. 14.6% alcohol. 240 cases produced.

Parejas Cellars Albariño Dutchman Vineyard Yakima Valley 2012 $15
 (Good) A moderately aromatic, intriguing wine with herbs, apple, and melon. The palate is dry with crisp fruit flavors. 100% Albariño. 13% alcohol. 248 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed July 30, 2013

Patterson Cellars Mélange Blanc Columbia Valley 2012 $23
(Good) Moderately aromatic with peach, floral notes, tropical notes, and pear. The palate is rich and full bodied in feel with a warm finish. 68% Chardonnay, 22% Viognier, and 10% Roussanne. Sagecliff Vineyard. 14.1% alcohol.

Savage Grace Sauvignon Blanc Red Willow Vineyard Yakima Valley 2012 $15
(Good) All fermented in stainless steel, this is a lightly aromatic wine with notes of citrus, lees, mineral, and a light grassiness. It’s weighty in feel with a (quite) tart, steely spine of acidity running throughout. Best served at the dinner table and screams out for oysters. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Les Vignes de Marcoux Vineyard. Aged seven months in stainless steel. 12.7% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.

San Juan Vineyards Estate Grown Madeline Angevine Puget Sound 2012 $17
(Good) Lightly aromatic with citrus and mineral notes. The palate is dry and fresh with tart acidity. Pair with shellfish to see it at its best. 100% Madeline Angevine. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 12.1% alcohol. 204 cases produced. Recommended

Saviah Cellars The Jack Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $15
 (Good) An aromatic wine with lime, canned peach, and jasmine. It’s off dry, leaning sweeter with tart citrus and stone fruit flavors. 100% Riesling. Evergreen and Elerding vineyards. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 11.9% alcohol. 1,500 cases produced.

Snoqualmie Organic Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $8
(Good) Moderately aromatic with ripe peach, honeysuckle, and Seven Up. The palate drinks medium sweet with ripe fruit flavors and well balanced acidity. 100% Riesling. 12.5% alcohol. 2.55g/100ml Residual Sugar.

Sparkman Cellars Birdie Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $22
 (Good) A moderately aromatic wine with jasmine, lime, mineral, and white peach. The palate is just a touch off dry, almost austere in style with a big blast of acid cleaning up the finish. 100% Riesling. Fermented and aged in stainless steel (80%) and neutral oak. Bacchus Vineyard. 13.1% alcohol. 563 cases produced.

Sparkman Cellars Pearl Sauvignon Blanc Yakima Valley 2012 $22
(Good) Moderately aromatic with gooseberry, citrus, and herbs. It’s medium bodied and dry with tart fruit flavors. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Klipsun, Boushey, and Spring Creek vineyards. 14.1% alcohol.

Tamarack Cellars Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012 $15
(Good)Barrel fermented in neutral oak with one quarter in stainless steel, it’s moderately aromatic with pear and spice. The palate drinks sweet but it’s just the richness of the fruit flavors. 100% Chardonnay. Olsen Brothers, Lewis, Gamache, Bacchus, and Sagemoor vineyards. 13.5% alcohol. 1,500 cases produced. Reviewed December 7, 2013

Three Rivers Winery Steel Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012 $17
(Good) This stainless steel fermented and aged wine is lightly aromatic with notes of spice, lime, and whiffs of freshly cut apple. The palate is clean and medium-plus bodied with a broad feel. An enjoyable, easy drinker. 100% Chardonnay. Sagemoor (70%), Bacchus, and Weinbau vineyards. Aged 4 months in stainless steel. 13.9% alcohol. 1,504 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.

Tildio Winery Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012 $25
 (Good) An aromatic interpretation of Chardonnay with pear, mango, star fruit, and abundant barrel spices. It’s medium-plus bodied with a creamy feel, trailing off toward the finish. 100% Chardonnay. 13.6% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed November 30, 2013

Wysling Wines Band of Sisters White Table Wine Columbia Valley 2012 $16
 (Good) A moderately aromatic wine with almond, apple, and herbs. The palate is dry with a textured feel. 55% Marsanne, 34% Roussanne, 11% Grenache Blanc. 13% alcohol. 201 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Recommended

Castillo de Feliciana Albariño Columbia Valley 2012 $22
 (Decent/Good) Moderately aromatic with citrus, herbs, and light floral notes. It’s off dry with sweet fruit flavors but doesn’t quite have the acid to stand it up. 13.2% alcohol.

College Cellars Riesling Sagemoor Vineyard Columbia Valley 2012 $12
 (Decent/Good) An aromatic and distinctive wine with herbs, wintergreen, and green apple. The palate drinks off-dry toward medium sweet with abundant apple and stone fruit flavors. 100% Riesling. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 11% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed November 30, 2013

Convergence Zone Cellars Dewpoint Riesling Bacchus Vineyard Columbia Valley 2012 $17
 (Decent/Good) A very aromatically unique Riesling with lychee, pink grapefruit, and peach. Tingles the palate with medium bodied fruit flavors with the residual sugar (0.9%) adding a touch of sweetness to the finish. 100% Riesling. 12.3% alcohol. 0.9% Residual Sugar. 183 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed May 9, 2013

Gamache Vintners Estate Viognier Columbia Valley 2012 $20
(Decent/Good) Lightly aromatic with pear, peach, lime, and wood notes. It’s dry and full bodied with textured fruit flavors. 84% Viognier, 16% Roussanne. Aged in neutral French oak. 14.5% alcohol. 139 cases produced.

J Bookwalter Notebook White Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $15
(Good/Decent) An aromatic wine with notes of white peach, lime, and pear. It’s medium sweet but without the acid to wholly keep it together. 100% Riesling. Bacchus and Sugarloaf vineyards. 12.5% alcohol. 2.9% Residual Sugar.

Pacific Rim Dry Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $10
(Decent/Good)An aromatic wine with floral notes, freshly peeled orange, and cut peach. Drinks a hair off dry with well balanced fruit flavors. 12.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed November 30, 2013

Pacific Rim Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $10
(Decent/Good)An aromatic wine with apricot, honey, and jasmine. The palate is off dry with abundant stone fruit flavors. 11.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed November 30, 2013

Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $10
(Decent/Good) Moderately aromatic with jasmine, herbs, and stone fruit. It’s sweet with abundant stone fruit flavors. An enjoyable quaffer. 8.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed November 30, 2013

Palouse Winery Cloud 9 Riesling White Bluff Vineyards Columbia Valley 2012 $20
(Decent/Good) An aromatically appealing wine with peach and lime. It’s off dry with abundant stone fruit flavors, needing a bit more acidity to hold it together. 100% Riesling. Bob Whitlatch and Claar vineyards. 9.8% alcohol. 130 cases produced.

Palouse Winery Golden Pearl Viognier Crawford Vineyard Washington 2012 $22
(Decent/Good) A lightly aromatic wine with pear, citrus, and tropical notes. It’s clean and medium bodied with little apparent new oak influence, showing some heat on the finish. 100% Viognier. Barrel aged in used French oak. 13.8% alcohol. 150 cases produced.

San Juan Vineyards Chardonnay Yakima Valley 2012 $14
(Decent/Good) Lightly aromatic with yellow apple and citrus. The palate is dry with tart fruit flavors and a clean finish. 100% Chardonnay. Otis Vineyards. Aged in stainless steel. 12.6% alcohol. 720 cases produced.

Adamant Cellars Estate Albariño Walla Walla Valley 2012 $22
 (Decent) An aromatically unique wine with lemon zest, herbs, spice, and wet wool. The palate drinks off-dry with a dry feel to the fruit flavors, tapering toward the finish. 13% alcohol.

Michael Florentino Mistura Blanco Sauvignon Blanc Red Mountain 2012 $20
 (Decent) A moderately aromatic wine with strong, toasty barrel notes along with pineapple and kiwi. The palate is medium bodied and drinks off dry with sweet fruit flavors and a spritzy feel. 78% Sauvignon Blanc, 22% Semillon. Artz and Dineen vineyards. Fermented in French oak. 13.2% alcohol. Sample provided by winery.

DaMa Wines Viognier Walla Walla Valley 2012 $25
 (Decent) Aromatically generous with pear and peach. The palate is unctuous, rich, and full bodied with a trace of residual sugar. 100% Viognier. Mill Creek Vineyard. 15.1% alcohol.

Pacific Rim Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley 2012 $10
 (Decent) Moderately aromatic with herbs, jasmine and underripe pear. The palate is off dry, leaning a bit sweeter without the acidity to stand it up. 12.5% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed November 30, 2013

Pacific Rim Gewurztraminer Columbia Valley 2012 $10
 (Decent) Pops aromatically with abundant notes of jasmine, lychee, and spice. The palate leans toward medium sweet with moderate acidity. 12.0% alcohol. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed November 30, 2013

Three Rivers Winery Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 $15
 (Decent) An aromatic wine with notes of wildflowers, peach, and pear. The palate is off-dry, medium bodied with light, somewhat dilute seeming fruit flavors. 100% Riesling. Bacchus Vineyard. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 3.2% Residual Sugar. 6.3g/L TA. 12.0% alcohol. 194 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.

Thurston Wolfe PGV White Wine Washington State 2012 $15
 (Decent) An aromatic wine with Creamsicle, white peach, and yellow apple. The palate is crisp and clean but with the fruit flavors seeming a bit diluted. Pinot Gris, Viognier, and Orange Muscat. 12.5% alcohol. 2,364 cases produced.

Wind Rose Cellars Pinot Grigio Dry White Table Wine Yakima Valley 2012 $15
(Decent) Moderately aromatic with ripe red apple, citrus, and mineral notes. The palate is dry with a broad feel. 100% Pinot Gris. Aged in stainless steel (66%) and oak with one third malolactic fermentation. 13% alcohol. 100 cases produced. Sample provided by winery. Reviewed May 9, 2013


Wine Enthusiast reviews for my coverage area (see area description at bottom)

Dowsett Family 2012 Celilo Vineyard Gewürztraminer Columbia Gorge $22
91 points Published 11/1/2013

Cor Cellars 2012 Alba Celilo Vineyard Pinot Gris-Gewürztraminer Columbia Gorge $20 
90 points Published 9/1/13

Savage Grace 2012 Underwood Mountain Vineyard Riesling Columbia Gorge $17 
90 points Published 12/31/13

Sineann 2012 Celilo Vineyard Gewurztraminer Columbia Gorge $18 
88 points Published 9/1/13

Sineann 2012 Grüner Veltliner Columbia Gorge $18
88 points Published 9/1/13

Ancestry Cellars 2012 Reminiscence Riesling Columbia Gorge $18
88 points Published 12/31/13

Tempus Cellars 2012 Evergreen Vineyard Riesling Ancient Lakes $16 
88 points Published 11/1/13

Cascade Ridge 2012 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $20
88 points Published 12/31/13

Columbia Crest 2012 Reserve Estate Unoaked Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills $20
88 points Published 12/31/13

Savage Grace 2012 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Gorge $20
88 points Published 12/31/13

Alexandria Nicole 2012 Seattle U Redhawks White Wine Destiny Ridge Vineyard White Blend Horse Heaven Hills $20
87 points Published 6/1/13

Cor Cellars 2012 Underwood Mountain Riesling Columbia Gorge $22
87 Published 9/1/13

Summit Estates 2012 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley $9
87 points Published 9/1/13

Waterbrook 2012 Riesling Columbia Valley $11
87 points Published 11/1/13

Ross Andrew 2012 Meadow Rosé Sangiovese Columbia Valley $15
87 points Published 9/1/13

WildHaven 2012 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley $9
86 points Published 11/1/13

Waterbrook 2012 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley $11
86 points Published 11/1/13

Jones of Washington 2012 Pinot Gris Ancient Lakes $13
86 points Published 11/1/13

Original House Wine 2012 Market Moscato Columbia Valley $10
86 points Published 9/1/13

Waterbrook 2012 Melange White Varietal Blend White Blend Columbia Valley $11
86 points Published 12/31/13

Willow Crest 2012 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc Yakima Valley $13
86 points Published 12/31/13

Waterbrook 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $11
86 points Published 9/1/13

Canoe Ridge 2012 The Expedition Pinot Gris Pinot Gris Horse Heaven Hills $15 
86 points Published 7/1/13

Hyatt 2012 Pinot Gris Rattlesnake Hills $13 
85 points Published 11/1/13

Hyatt 2012 Riesling Rattlesnake Hills $13 
85 points Published 11/1/13

Jones of Washington 2012 Riesling Ancient Lakes $12 
85 points Published 11/1/13

Sockeye 2012 Pinot Grigio Columbia Valley $10 
85 points Published 12/31/13

Magnificent Wine Company 2012 Fish House Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $10
85 points Published 9/1/13

Michael Florentino 2012 Tempranillo Rosé Wahluke Slope $15 
85 points Published 11/1/13

Waterbrook 2012 Rosé Sangiovese Columbia Valley $11 
85 points Published 7/1/13

Jones of Washington 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Ancient Lakes $15 
85 points Published 11/1/13

Gecko 2012 Barbera Rosé Wahluke Slope $15
85 points  Published 11/1/13

Gecko 2012 Pinot Grigio Snipes Mountain $15 
84 points Published 11/1/13

Summit Estates 2012 Riesling Columbia Valley (WA) $9 
84 points Published 9/1/13

In Washington, my areas of review for Wine Enthusiast include bottles labeled with the following appellations: Ancient Lakes, Columbia Gorge, Horse Heaven Hills, Lake Chelan, Naches Heights, Rattlesnake Hills, Snipes Mountain, and Wahluke Slope. See a full description of my coverage area for the magazine here. All other Washington areas are covered in this space.

2 comments:

  1. Wow, what a resource. Good work Sean.

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  2. Thanks JJ! I should have mentioned in the article that I included only dry(ish) white wines - not dessert wines. Otherwise the Kiona 2012 Chenin Ice Wine - which I loved - would be listed as well. For those interested, see post here: http://www.wawinereport.com/2013/11/northwest-thanksgiving-recommendations.html.

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