Washington State Wines with Circle of Wine Writers
Come as you are, as you were, as I want you to be
- Nirvana, Come As You Are (1992)
On the Pacific Northwest, Washington State is home to grunge, Microsoft and hipster coffee chains.
It's as if the smart, free-spirited, bohemian winemakers of California moved north and settled in a cooler climate. Which they have, apparently.
Based on this Circle of Wine Writers tasting, the wines of Washington State show a freshness, texture and restraint that is distinctly European - but with a New World focus on clean precision.
What's not to like?
The Syrahs showed best - with a northern Rhône-esque density and muscular core.
The Merlots were fresh, focused and Bordelais; the Chardonnays pure and Burgundian. The Rieslings ranged from crystalline and mineral to headily floral.
Not so much "Yee-ha!" as "How may I help you Ma'am?"
Virginia - that spirit clearly also lives on the West Coast.
Detailed tasting notes to follow.
Grunge picture: https://jeanyleblanc.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/grunge2.jpg