I had the great fortune of visiting a few of Oregon and Washington’s wineries last month. I tried to hit a few of the best known as well as uncovering a few lesser-known gems. But what remained consistent among all the visits was the welcoming hospitality and high quality of wines. Here are just a few of the highlights, many of which are perfect for springtime sipping.
Chateau Ste Michelle
2009 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay
A winery well-known for its large production wines, Ste. Michelle also makes some impressive single-vineyard bottlings like this one. Beautifully textured with direct, crisp apple and pear flavors, its a little heavy on oak but overall a memorable wine for the price.
2010 Revana Vineyard Riesling
A terrifically food-friendly wine, this dry Riesling (.53% residual sugar) walks an impressive line between refreshing and no-nonsense. Floral aromas and white peach and apricot flavors dominate with underlying citrus notes and a kiss of honey on the finish.
2009 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Viognier
Floral and faintly spicy, the wine delivers what you’d expect from a Washington Viognier. Its peach and apricot flavors linger long on the pretty finish.
2008 Columbia Valley Red Wine
From one of Washington’s smallest wineries comes this amazing value wine. For under $20, this red blend delivers layers of fruit and spice flavors. Although it has good tannic structure, it manages to remain approachable with a long finish.
The Eyrie Vineyards
2008 Estate Pinot Noir
This is a true Oregon old vine wine. Coming from vines averaging 30+ years of age, this Pinot is elegant with delicate cherry notes evolving to earthy flavors toward the back of the palate. Best of all, it's finely crafted Oregon Pinot for under $30!
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