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Sean P. Sullivan

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Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to select the 2010 Reader Survey Wine of the Year and 2011 Wine to Watch!

The Reader Survey Wine of the Year is intended for the one Washington wine in 2010 that stood out among all those you tasted. The 2011 Wine to Watch is for a pre-release wine you tasted that will be released in 2011 that you believe will be exceptional.

Here is how it works.

Wednesday 12/1 to Monday 12/6 9pm
Nominate up to three Washington wines in each category via comment or e-mail ( Please state whether the wine is to be considered for ‘2010 Wine of the Year’ or ‘2011 Wine to Watch.’

Tuesday 12/7 to Saturday 12/11 9pm
Vote for any two wines in both categories from those wines nominated.

Sunday 12/12 to Thursday 12/16 9pm
Vote for any one of the finalists.

See additional rules below.

Let the submissions begin!

Read about the 2009 Reader Survey Wine of the Year here.

Read about the 2010 Wine to Watch here.

Rules (the fine print, literally):
* Wines in both categories must be from Washington.
* Entrants for the Reader Survey Wine of the Year must have been released and/or available on shelves in 2010. In other words, don’t pick wines from several years back or several years forward.
* Entrants for the 2011 Wine to Watch must be wines to-be-released in 2011. These would be barrel samples or bottle samples of wines you tasted this year that will be released next year. Any wines that have already been released will be removed from the voting.
* If more than three wines are sent in for either category, I will cap your list at the first three so be choosey!
* If I can’t determine which wines were intended for which category, I will not include them in the voting so please make sure to specify this.
* Any entries sent in after 9pm on December 6th will not be included in the voting.
* Nominations for each category will be capped at no more than 60 entries to keep subsequent voting manageable.
* Please note that I reserve the right to make changes to these rules if need be to preserve the spirit of the reader survey. If so, I will post these changes to the blog.

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  1. RoyS Says:
  2. For the 2010 wine of the year

    2007 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
    2007 Betz Family Syrah La Côte Patriarche
    2005 Mark Ryan Dead Horse Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

  3. Tom Lee Says:
  4. 2010 Wine of the year: 2007 Grand Reve Reserve Cabernet
    2011 Wine to watch for: 2008 Figgins Family Estate Red

  5. M'sFan Says:
  6. For the 2010 Wine of the Year:

    2007 Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard
    2006 Cote Bonneville Carriage House
    2007 Gramercy Lagniappe Syrah

  7. Clive Says:
  8. Three that stood out for Wine of the Year: 2007 Waters Winery Forgotten Hills Syrah, 2006 Forgeron Cellars Zinfandel and 2008 Grand Reve Grenache (V)

  9. Melinda Says:
  10. 2010 Wine of the Year

    2007 Adams Bench Red Willow Cab Sauv
    2007 Fidelitas Boushey Red Wine

  11. Anonymous Says:
  12. 2011 Wines to watch for:

    2008 Cayuse God Only Knows
    2008 Reynvaan Stonessence

  13. Dan F Says:
  14. 2010 Wine of the Year
    Doubleback 2007 Cabernet

  15. TylerH Says:
  16. 2010 Wine of the Year:
    2007 Tero Estates Cabernet Sauvignon
    2007 El Corazon Supernova Malbec
    2006 Buty Columbia Rediva

    2011 Wine to watch:
    2009 Three Rivers Petit Verdot

  17. Heath C Says:
  18. 2010 Wine of the Year:
    2007 Efeste Final Final
    2007 Rulo Syrah
    2007 Doubleback

    2011 Wine to Watch:
    2008 Efeste Tough Guy

  19. Anonymous Says:
  20. 2007 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
    2007 Betz Family Syrah La Côte Patriarche
    2005 Mark Ryan Dead Horse Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

  21. Clive Says:
  22. Sean, you have some wealthy readers, the Doubleback is way outta my price range.

  23. 2007 Rob't D, Edmonds Winery
    2007 Bentley, Edmonds Winery
    2006 Estate Lemberger, Kiona Winery

  24. 2011 Wines to Watch

    2008 Bentley, Edmonds Winery
    2008 Rob't D, Edmonds Winery
    And just about anything from Kiona Winery

  25. 2010 Wine of the year

    2007 Rob't D, Edmonds Winery
    2007 Bentley, Edmonds Winery
    2006 Estate Lemberger, Kiona Winery

    Forgot to add category

  26. Margaret Says:
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  28. Margaret Says:
  29. pohare1218/Wine Siren recommends for 2010:
    2007 Robert Ramsay Cellars Cabernet
    2007 Robert Ramsay Cellars Mourvedre
    2008 Bartholomew Winery Sauvignon Blanc

  30. Margaret Says:
  31. pohare1218/Wine Siren recommends for 2011:
    2008 Robert Ramsay Mourvedre

  32. Roger Says:
  33. Tough this year, as there were so many good wines that choosing a top one is like differentiating an A from an A+. I agree with the Grand Reve Reserve and the Buty Rediviva, so let me add a few different ones that stood out...

    2010 Wine of the Year:

    2006 Boudreaux Merlot
    2007 Andrew Will Sorella
    2008 Reynvaan In The Rocks

  34. Anonymous Says:
  35. Wine of the Year:
    2007 Rotie Southern Blend
    2008 Buty Musc/Sem/Sauv
    2007 Betz Besoleili

  36. Chris Says:
  37. 2010 Wine of the Year

    2008 Maison Bleue Liberte Syrah Boushey Vineyard
    2007 Fielding Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
    2007 Cooper L'inizio

    Special Mention: 2009 Ernest & Jennifer Riesling

  38. Chris Says:
  39. 2011 Wine to Watch

    2008 Grand Reve V
    2008 Adams Bench Reckoning
    2010 YakYakWine Tempranillo

  40. 2010 Wine of the Year:
    2007 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon "Old Vines"
    2008 Rotie Northern Rhone Blend
    2009 Buty Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle

    2011 Wine to Watch
    Kerloo Cellars

  41. Tara Says:
  42. [Revision from my last submission - realized I made a few mistakes]

    2010 Wine of the Year:
    2007 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon "Old Vines"
    2008 Rotie Southern Rhone Blend
    2009 Buty Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle

    2011 Wine to Watch
    2009 Kerloo Cellars Walla Walla Valley Syrah

  43. sean, i'm a mess over here - that last post from tara was from me, just didn't realize i was signed in as my wife... :-)

  44. Anonymous Says:
  45. Wine of the Year
    2005 Côte Bonneville Syrah DuBrul Vineyard
    Wine to Watch
    2008 Kontos Cellars Syrah

  46. Anonymous Says:
  47. 2010 Wines of The Year

    2009 Woodward Canyon Chardonnay
    2007 Alexandria Nicole Jet Black Syrah
    2007 Quilceda Creek Red Wine

    2011 Wine to Watch

    2006 Corliss Syrah

  48. jscolas1 Says:
  49. 2010 Wine of The Year

    2007 21 Grams
    2007 Efeste Ceidleigh Syrah

  50. gj-captures Says:
  51. 2010 Wine of the Year:

    2007 Cailloux Cayuse

    2010 wine to Watch:

    2008 Kerloo Les Collines Syrah

  52. Let me add a few more suggestions to keep it interesting

    WA Wine of 2010
    2007 Cote Bonneville Chardonnay
    2007 DesVoigne Cellars Montreaux Syrah
    2007 Woodward Canyon Merlot

    WA Wine to Watch 2011
    The two barrel wines that I am most excited about may not be ready in 2011 but I will list them here just to get you to start drooling.
    2009 Adams Bench Red Willow Sangiovese
    2010 Sparkman Cellars Red Haven Port

    Will definitely be sold in 2011
    2008 William Church Two Spires

  53. Bubble Head Says:
  54. Wine of the Year 2010:

    2008 Alexandria Nicole "Members Only"
    2007 Long Shadows "Feather"
    2008 Dowsett "Devotion"

    Wine to Watch 2011:

    2009 Alexandria Nicole "Mr. Big" Petite Sirah

  55. Trey Busch Says:
  56. 07 Woodward Canyon Old Vines hands down the best wine from WA I had this year.

  57. Wine to Watch: 2008 William Church Cabernet Sauvignon to be released in Spring 2011.

  58. WineMAN Says:
  59. Wines of the Year-

    Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2009 Marsanne
    Barrage Cellars 2007 "Trifecta" Merlot
    Quilceda Creek 2007 Palengat Red

    Wine to Watch-

    Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2009 Petite Sirah

  60. Plymale Says:
  61. Maison Bleu 2008 Alder Ridge Grenache
    Reininger 2006 Carmenere
    Abeja 2008 House Red

  62. I can't think of much unreleased, but I was impressed by the Merlot in barrell at Garrison Creek.

  63. Anonymous Says:
  64. Reininger Carmenere is Awesome


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