Washington State Wines in a Taste Off – What We Like

Washington Red Wines – Distinctive Character

In October of this year, Vintage Tasters Mike Beltran and Joe Becerra visited the wine region of Washington State. After much boasting about the great wines that come from Washington, the Vintage Wine Tasters decided to do a tasting of six Washington State red wines. Jim C hosted the tasting and purchased several bottles of wine from KL Wines. He narrowed the choices to these six Washington State wines. This is the order we in which we rated the wines.

Washington State Red Wines – Results

  • 2016 The Burn “Borne of Fire” Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $19.99 – 96 Points Jame Suckling, 91 Points Wine & Spirits
  • 2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle “Cold Creek Vineyard” Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $19.99 – 92 Points Robert Parker, 90 Points Vinous, 90 Points Wine Enthusiast
  • 2016 Intrinsic Columbia Valley Red Blend $19.99 – 94 Points James Suckling, 90 Points Jeb Dunnuck
  • 2915 L’Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley Merlot $25 – 92 Points James Suckling, 90 Points Wine & Spirits
  • 2016 Wines of Substance Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $14.99 KL, $12.99 Costco – 93 Points Jeb Dunnuck, 92 Points James Suckling, 92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
  • 2016 Canoe Ridge The Expedition Red Horse Heaven Hills $15* – 90 Points and Smart Buy Wine Spectator, 87 Points Wine Enthusiast

Washington State Red Wines – Additional Details

The 2016 The Burn “Borne of Fire” Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle “Cold Creek Vineyard” Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were separated by one point. Both wines are a product of Chateau Ste. Michelle. Either wine at $19.99 is a Best Buy Wine.

The Burn” area is a rocky plateau that runs along the Columbia River, between Horse Heaven Hills and the Columbia Gorge AVA’s. The Burn has been proposed as a sub-AVA of the Columbia Valley. The Borne of Fire wine is currently the only wine made from The Burn. It is a Chateau Ste. Michelle wine.

All the wines are delicious and worthy of a purchase.

The Wines of Substance was recently reviewed here on GoodCheapVino.com. Read the review

Conclusions on Washington State Red Wines

Washington State red wines have a distinctive aroma and depth of flavors. The long days of sunlight, the soils of the Columbia Valley, and the desert conditions provide the terroir for the wonderful character of the wines of Washington. They must be on your menu. Great wines at great prices!

With sky-high prices for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and red blends, Washington State red wines are an excellent option. Washington does not have the reputation of the Napa Valley, but that will certainly change as wine aficionados sample Washington wines.

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* The 2016 Canoe Ridge The Expedition Red Horse Heaven Hills was a sample sent to Mike B.

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