2015 Quilceda Creek, CVR, $60
Winery info: Quilceda Creek hardly needs any introduction. Founded in Snohomish in 1979 by Alex and Jeannette Golitzin, their goal has always been to produce world class Washington state Cabernet. Over the years they have produced some of the most highly acclaimed and award winning wines in the state and the Wine Advocate just named them best Washington State Winery for 2017 (having awarded their Cabernet a remarkable total of six 100-point ratings over the last 13 vintages.)
Winemaker: Paul Golitzin oversees all aspects of winemaking and vineyard operations.
Grapes: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
Vineyard sources: Champoux, Galitzine, Palengat, and Wallula Gap vineyards
Flavor profile: Paul says this wine is a wonderful preview of the incredible 2015 vintage. It combines fruit from all of their vineyard sites, and is full of red and blue fruits, smoke, spice, and minerals. “One of the best CVRs to date.”
Production/Availability: A very limited wine, but we get a nice allocation and should have it around for the foreseeable future.
Drinkability: Best enjoyed over the next 15 years
Food Pairing: As always, this wine is perfect for grilled meats, ribs, or other hearty fare.
2013 Darby, Dark Side Syrah, $28
Winery info: Former West Seattle resident Darby English began making wine in 2001 and established his winery in 2005 in the Woodinville warehouse district. With access to fruit from some of the best vineyards in the state, and innate winemaking talent, he quickly gained the attention and respect of the local wine world and his wines just keep getting better and better.
Winemaker: Darby English
Grapes: 100% Syrah
Vineyard source: Dineen, Discovery, and Stillwater Creek vineyards. Aged 18 months in neutral French oak.
Flavor profile: This wine was a big hit when Darby poured it at a tasting in the shop in back in May. It is dark and savory, with a smooth, velvety texture and complex flavors of blackberry, sage, and spice that linger forever. A big, but very balanced wine.
Production/Availability: 400 cases. The winery is getting close to the end of this vintage.
Drinkability: Delicious now, it will also age nicely over the next five years or so.
Food Pairing: Mushroom risotto, lamb ragout, pulled pork sandwiches, or anything off the barbecue.