Most casual wine lovers are familiar with the bountiful, high-quality reds California deliveries. Many are even aware of the rockin’ Pinot Noirs out of Oregon. But what about Washington? While Washington whites have been a known commodity for some time (and very delish!), reds haven’t made mainstream headlines in the same way. Well, that’s until now. Over the last decade, the quality and caliber of Washington reds has exploded.
To help you zero in on your favorite varietal, we’ve included a handy chart by Washington AVA. We’ve also included a few bottles to throw in the cart next time you’re looking for something new. The selections below provide a good cross section (by pricing tier) of what Washington reds have to offer. And here’s a hot tip: If you find a 2012, definitely snag it. It’s a great year for Washington. Happy Hunting!
- Cayuse Vineyards Armada Vineyard Syrah 2016 (JD 98; RP 98; JS 97; WE 96; WS 93)
- Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (JD 98; RP 98; JS 95; WE 95; WS 93)
- Leonetti Merlot 2017 (WS 94; JS 94; JD 93; RP 93; WE 92)
- Andrew Will “Sorella” Horse Heaven Hills Bordeaux Blend 2015 (RP 98; JD 96)
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- Betz Syrah Red Mountain La Cote Rousse 2017 (RP 96; JD 95; WS 94; WE 94)
- Gorman Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain “The Bully” 2016 (WS 94; WE 94)
- Guardian Gun Metal Columbia Valley 2016 (WS 93)
- Baer Ursa Columbia Valley 2016 (WS 93)
- Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain 2016 (WS 92)
- Canoe Ridge Merlot Horse Heaven Hills “The Expedition” 2017 (WS 91)
- Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Red Blend Columbia Valley 2016 (WS 90)
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