With full ripeness, density and concentration, this keeps its superb balance at just 10.8% alcohol and 5% residual sugar. The dynamic tension plays out beautifully, and doesn’t veer into any sort of sugary slackness. This has the sort of weight and complexity you would expect in a $30 wine.— P.G.
The ’02 ups it another notch from the juicy, spicy 2001. Here again is are beguiling aromas of plum, cherry, dust and cocoa; a chewy, ripe fruit core, and a dense finish that runs from citrus to coffee, with everything in between.— P.G.
A succulent, off-dry Riesling from organically grown grapes, Snoqualmie’s Naked bottling opens with floral top notes, fills out the palate with crisp apple and peach fruit, then turns almost tropical, with a lingering finish loaded with honey and papaya.— P.G.
Pure and classy, this is a bowl of cherries and raspberries in a wine glass. It’s a bright, tart, vivid and delightful wine built solidly upon a round, sweet core of pretty fruit. Great balance and pleasing texture, with a nice citrus kiss on the finish.— P.G.
Young and ripe, this has the juicy, spicy red fruits that distinguish Washington Syrah, outlined with tart acids and set against a splashy background of new French and American oak.— P.G.
A similar but bigger version of the Whistle Stop Red, this is made of all Cabernet, bearing rather hard tannins and flavors of coffee and clean earth. It’s a good choice to pair with grilled cuts of beef.— P.G.
A fine Chardonnay for the price. Soft and buttery upon entry, it shows good balance in the midpalate, with the butter blended with fresh apple and lime, and set against enough juicy acidity to give it definition.— P.G.
As always, a stylish and well-proportioned effort from winemaker Joy Anderson. Blackberry and smoke wrap into a mid-palate with good focus and grip. Despite its modest price, this wine can go one-on-one with a thick, juicy steak. Tannins are just rough enough to give it some welcome muscle.— P.G.