The new crop of wines on store shelves is so impressive, it’s almost overwhelming.
Most bottles on this list—our seventh annual accounting of the state’s best wines—come from the 2013 vintage. Higher temperatures and ample sun deliver wines that are often richer and have a darker fruit profile than you might associate with our state; think black cherries and blackberries rather than red cherries and blueberries.
These wines are accessible on first pour but still feel like serious, ageworthy creations.
And there’s more headed our way; 2013 was the first of three increasingly warmer vintages for Washington (do I hear a fourth in 2016?). From the early returns, the 2014 and 2015 wines look to be every bit as impressive.
Let’s lift our glasses to living in a wine region capable of everything from age-worthy cabernets to stunning syrahs.