Gregutt's "warehouse winery" mixed case
Paul Gregutt offers a mixed case of wines from those he sampled on a recent visit to some of Woodinville's "warehouse wineries."
Guardian Cellars 2005 Conner Lee Vineyard Gun Metal Red; $35
This Bordeaux blend mixes cassis and blue fruits with well-managed, polished tannins. There are traces of leaf and stem, highlights rather than failings; a well-crafted, seamless work.
Guardian Cellars 2005 Syrah; $35
Scents of black cherry and iron filings, plump and juicy, with lots of black-cherry fruit, smoke, earth and a fine polish to the tannins.
Mark Ryan 2007 Viognier; $28
Lush, leesy, creamy, rich, a wonderful mix of grapefruit, orange peel, Meyer lemon, hints of pineapple, Key lime pie, very creamy. One of the best Viogniers in the state.
Mark Ryan 2006 Dead Horse Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine
Tannic, liquorous, and packed with black cherry, barrel toast, tannin and chocolaty oak. December release; price not yet determined.
Gorman 2007 Big Sissy Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay; $35
Concentrated with nutty, pineapple and candied-peach fruit flavors; a thoroughly delicious and deeply concentrated wine.
Gorman 2006 Zachary's Ladder; $28
Beautifully defined, sharp and tight; this Bordeaux blend is compact, dense and young, with black cherry, iron and rock.
Sparkman 2007 Lumière Chardonnay; $32
Lime, pineapple, apple and nectarine fruits are spotlighted with a firm acid underpinning.
Chatter Creek 2006 Clifton Vineyard Nebbiolo; $45
A rare Washington nebbiolo, elegant and aromatic, with the rose petal and light tobacco leaf scents of the Italian grape.
Ross Andrew 2007 Celilo Vineyard Pinot Gris; $16
Made from 28-year-old vines at the Celilo Vineyard in Washington's Columbia Gorge AVA (American Viticultural Area). Bone dry and dappled with spice, it's subtle and distinctive.
Ross Andrew 2006 Boushey Vineyard Syrah; $32
Toasty and gamy, with classic Boushey vineyard flavors of herb, green tea and cured meat. Stiff tannins and moist earth wrap up the finish.
Stevens 2005 XY Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; $42
Elegance is the word for this lovely 100 percent cabernet, supple, fruit-driven and immediately enjoyable. It displays the sort of finesse that is more commonly found in Bordeaux than in America.
Stevens 2006 BlackTongue Syrah; $32
An immense, black, moody wine with a spectacular mix of black fruits, cassis, earth, soy and forest floor. Delicious and polished despite its size, this will clearly improve with additional bottle age.
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