Dramatically reduced production coupled with a fine vintage add up to a stellar Snoqualmie Sauvignon Blanc in 2009. Loaded with melon, citrus and apple fruit flavors, this brisk and refreshing wine is reminiscent of a racy Quincy. Perfect springtime sipper.
Continuing the expansion of this former budget brand into premium territory, this reserve Merlot makes a nice complement to owner Stimson Lane’s runaway success with Columbia Crest. If CC is the big, brawny, masculine Merlot, Snoqualmie is more elegant, restrained and feminine. Ripe fruit suggests strawberry preserves, and the wine is balanced, full and flavorful.
Every winery on the West Coast is scrambling to make at least one Syrah, but bargain bottles are few and far between. This is a gem; richly scented with berries and chocolate, smooth and seamless with sweet, fresh fruit flavors. Balanced and light, it is perfect for a Thanksgiving turkey.
Tasty fresh fruit, leaning toward grapefruit and pineapple, peach and lemon. Zesty and forward, it refreshes rather than fatigues the palate, and is perfect for sipping on a spring afternoon. Best Buy.
Starts out with pleasant notes of supple fruit, but there’s too much oak showing at the moment, and the fruit quickly gets buried. Some bitter tannins conclude; give this one extra airtime to soften it up.
Smooth and creamy, this pure-blooded Sauvignon Blanc is as light and clean as a spring breeze. Nicely ripened to flavors of fig and grapefruit, it adds accent notes of lemon rind and fresh herb.