Wines in this set of reviews show a lot of what make the Pacific Northwest such an exciting wine region. There are standout bottles from long-time stalwarts. There are also eye-popping wines from young producers as well as impressive offerings from newly minted wineries.
There’s the classic Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhône-style offerings that Washington in particular does so well. But there’s also Tempranillo, Albariño, Touriga Nacional, Carménère, and other varieties.
There’s traditional blends, like those comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Then there’s experimentation, like blending Pinot Noir with Lemberger. There’s standout Syrahs, as one would expect. But there’s also a white Cabernet Franc.
Some of the vineyards designated on these wines are well-established, like Red Willow, Seven Hills, and Les Collines. Others are lesser known and could be tomorrow’s stars, like Resurgent, Elephant Mountain, or Willow Run.
Ultimately, this is what the Northwest is all about. Yes, there are high quality wines. There’s also plenty of history along with well-established star players. But there is also endless experimentation, iteration, evolution, and rebirth. All this taken together is what makes the region so special.
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