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Gold Viognier Rio Vista Wines 2012 Viognier, $18, (100 cases) Columbia Valley Judges’ comments: How many wineries in Washington can you pull up to in your boat? At least one. Rio Vista is along the Columbia River just north of the cutoff to Chelan. Owner/

winemaker John Little has crafted a classic Viognier that shows off aromas of mango, pineapple and orange, followed by flavors of orange creamsicle and Golden Delicious apple. It has a touch of sweetness, which provides a hint of hedonism to this delicious white wine. Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 24415 Highway 97, Chelan (509) 682-9713; riovistawines.com

Red Blend Icicle Ridge Winery 2012 p.s. I Love You Meritage, $28, (80 cases) Washington Judges’ comments: This young Bordeaux-style red blend is ready to drink now, thanks to aromas of black pepper, cardamom, pomegranate and fresh dill that lead to sturdy flavors of dark fruit, vanilla and red currant. Enjoy this with a steak topped with sautéed mushrooms. Log home winery tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. 8977 North Road, Peshastin (509) 548-7019; icicleridgewinery.com Leavenworth tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 821 Suite B Front Street, Leavenworth (509) 548-6156; icicleridgewinery.com

Milbrandt Vineyards 2010 Vineyard Series Mosaic, $28, (450 cases) Wahluke Slope Judges’ comments: One of the up-and-coming wine styles in Washington is southern Rhône Valley blends, and here’s a great example. It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre from the Milbrandts’ Clifton Vineyard along the highway in Mattawa. It’s a silky smooth wine that offers aromas of sweet vanilla and black currant, followed by flavors of plum, blackberry and black pepper. Tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 508 Cabernet Court, Prosser (509) 788-0030; milbrandtvineyards.com

Tunnel Hill Winery 2011 Setenta, $33, (80 cases) Columbia Valley Judges’ comments: The Evans family has been a longtime applefarming family in the Wenatchee Valley that has transitioned to the wine business. Tunnel Hill is on the south shore of Lake Chelan, where Guy Evans is the owner/winemaker. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Syrah is a delicious red with aromas of black raspberry, black cherry extract and vanilla bean, followed by rich, hedonistic flavors of plum, blackberry and a hint of smokiness. Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; noon to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through end of September; call for fall tasting room hours 37 Highway 97A, Chelan (509) 682-3243; tunnelhillwinery.com

Syrah Cave B Estate Winery 2010 Syrah, $25, (289 cases) Columbia Valley

Dutch John’s Wines 2008 Sara Syrah, $27, (100 cases) Washington

Dutch John’s Wines 2008 Riverbend Syrah, $20, (100 cases) Washington

Judges’ comments: Young winemaker Freddy Arredondo is one of the rising stars of the Washington wine industry, and his talent is on display in this sumptuous Syrah. It’s a classic with aromas of forest berry pie, black raspberry and a whisper of smoke, followed by flavors of plum, blackberry, chocolate and a hint of smoked bacon.

Judges’ comments: Owner/ winemaker George Valison has a deft touch with Syrah, as he struck gold twice in this competition with the Rhône variety. This opens with aromas of cherry, blackberry, cedar and herbal notes, followed by dark, brooding flavors of cherry, coffee, chocolate and a hint of meatiness. It’s more elegant than powerful.

Judges’ comments: This Cashmere winery is named for John Galler, who owned and operated Washington’s first winery in 1874 in Wenatchee before moving to Omak. George Valison honors this bit of history with some superb wines. This vineyard-designated Syrah opens with aromas of cedar, mint, smoked meat and blackberry, followed by rich, complex flavors of black pepper, plum, chocolate and blackberry. It’s a big wine with a lot of depth.

Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 348 Silica Road NW, George (adjacent to Gorge Amphitheatre) (509) 785-3500; caveb.com 64

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Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; other times by appointment; 207 Mission Ave., Cashmere (509) 782-3845 or (509) 264-1612; dutchjohnwines.com

Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; other times by appointment; 207 Mission Ave., Cashmere (509) 782-3845 or (509) 264-1612; dutchjohnwines.com

Foothills Magazine Sep-Oct 2013  
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