Going for Seconds recently blogged on a tasting in Seattle with Steve Tanzer of International Wine Cellar fame. The purpose of the event was to taste ten of the best Cabernet and Syrah in Washington. The list is quite interesting. Here it is:
Let’s start with the cabernets. Leonetti and Quilceda Creek are clearly the standard bearers. L’Ecole’s spot is well-deserved given their consistently exceptional wines and twenty-fives years of production. The last two are quite interesting. Abeja has developed a strong following over the last several years. Chateau Rollat is a relative newcomer. Consulting winemaker Christian LeSommer of France’s Rothchild creates Bordeaux blends for owner Bowin Lindgren. The results thus far are spectacular.
Moving on to the Syrah, Betz, Cayuse, and K Vintners are all well-known for their exceptional wines from this varietal. Gramercy and Waters are again relative newcomers who continue to receive a good deal of critical acclaim. Their inclusion on this list shows how far they have come (not to mention how quickly).
For write-ups of recent releases from Abeja, Chateau Rollat, Waters, and Gramercy as well as many other wineries see my Walla Walla Spring Release 2008 report.