Three NCW wineries made the Seattle Time’s list of the year’s Top 100 Northwest wines.
Number 19 on reviewer Paul Gregutt’s list was Nefarious Cellars’ 2010 Rocky Mother Syrah. Dean and Heather Neff’s sumptuous syrah scored an impressive 95 points. Grapes for the wine were grown on the Nefarious vineyards overlooking Lake Chelan.
At number 26, also with 95 points, was Boudreaux Vineyards’ 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Leavenworth winemaker Rob Newsom’s cabs just get better the longer you keep them in the cellar. If only you can wait. The Reserve Cab also received a recent 91 point score from the international wine magazine, Wine Spectator.
Fielding Hills is a perennial winner on many top wine lists. Mike and Karen Wade’s 2009 Tribute Red was 29th on Gregutt’s list with 94 points.
Gregutt, who also reviews NW wines for Wine Enthusiast magazine, said wines that made the list — from about 2,000 Washington and Oregon wines sampled this year — were undoubtedly the best he’s ever had the pleasure to sip.
He admitted a bias towards more expensive red wines. I would add that the Waitsburg wine writer is also biased for the nearby Walla Walla and lower Yakima Valley wines.
Still, it’s fabulous to see wines from the younger North Central Washington wine producing area make the list. You can bet more will on the list in the future.