What: Kevin White Winery Red Wine Yakima Valley 2014 $18
Where: McCarthy and Schiering, Esquin
Why: 2014 was the second in a series of three successive warm vintages for Washington wine (do I hear a fourth coming in 2016?). Based on the early returns—the red wines are just starting to hit the shelves—it looks to be another strong vintage for the state, particularly for Cabernet Sauvignon.
Not to be overlooked, however, are the Rhone grape varieties from 2014, and here we have an excellent example—one of the best quality-to-price ratio wines I’ve come across this year.
Microsoftee Kevin White of Kevin White Winery was inspired to make Washington wine after drinking a bottle from Yakima Valley stalwart Côte Bonneville. While White’s wines have always offered exceptional value—at $25 retail, they drink more like $40 bottles—his latest release, the 2014 Kevin White Winery Red Wine Yakima Valley ($18), is a complete steal, an absurd value at this price.
The wine is just over half syrah with the rest equal parts grenache and mourvèdre. It offers appealing aromas of smoke, herbs and fresh red and blue fruit. The palate is silky in feel, with a good sense of concentration and a lingering finish. Wines this good don’t come along often at this price. Drink up!