A look at some of the top wines from my tastings this month. Formal reviews to be published in Wine Enthusiast.
Starting off an inaugural ‘Wines of the Month’ column and I can’t imagine better wines to do it with. Winemaker Morgan Lee at Two Vintners in Woodinville has always impressed with wines that display a combination of quality and value. However, Lee’s 2013 releases take things to a new level. The four wines below are all (very) highly recommended. They are easily some of the most exciting wines I’ve come across in the past few months and only pick up steam on the second and third day.
Two Vintners Make Haste Red Wine Yakima Valley 2013 $20
Though not labeled as such, this is all Olsen Vineyard Cinsault aged in neutral French oak. It’s strikingly pure with flowers, tart red fruit, and savory aromas and flavors. It displays a sense of elegance and balance that is downright dazzling. I can’t say enough good things about this wine. $20? Yes please. 14.4% alcohol. 90 cases produced
Two Vintners Grenache Boushey Vineyards Yakima Valley 2013 $30
For fans of this vineyard and variety, this is a wine to seek out. Expressive, complex aromas that include flowers, mineral, raspberries and smoke are followed by an exquisitely balanced palate that displays great delicacy. It’s a complete steal at this price. 14.9% alcohol. 70 cases produced.
Two Vintners Some Days Are Stones Stoney Vine Vineyards Walla Walla Valley 2013 $45
For a Rocks District wine, this bottle is extremely well priced, especially considering the quality. It displays all the hallmarks of the area, with aromas and flavors of mineral, olive, flowers and savory notes with a broad feel and an extended finish. A glorious wine. 14.7% alcohol. 150 cases produced.
Two Vintners Zinfandel Stonetree Vineyard Wahluke Slope 2013 $30
This winery does Zinfandel in Washington as well as anyone, and the latest release is yet another example. It displays the generous red fruit and spice aromas and flavors that this variety is known for with a finish that won’t quit. The listed alcohol level is high but you’d never know it from drinking it. 16.5% alcohol. 230 cases produced.