Boudreaux scores high Parker points
Blog: Winemaker's Journal
January 4, 2013
Boudreaux Cellars of Leavenworth — featured in the latest issue of our own Foothills magazine — scored some of the state's highest point ratings in a recent review of more than 500 Washington wines by Wine Advocate guide.
Reviewer David Schildknecht gave owner/winemaker Rob Newsom's 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon a 94 point rating, while his 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, '08 Merlot and '08 Syrah all earned 92 points each.
The scores were among the highest in Schildknecht's tastings to 34 top Washington wineries last summer. The guide, created by wine critic Robert Parker, published its subscription-only magazine online Dec. 27.
The only other wineries that scored 94 points or more include a who's who of Washington's best: Cayuse, Tamarack Cellars. Quilceda Creek, Leonetti Cellars, K Vintners and Fidelitas. Cayuse's 2009 Armada Syrah scored 98 points.
Boudreaux was the only North Central Washington winery rated in the issue, although wines from Nefarious Cellars of Chelan and Fielding Hills of East Wenatchee were sampled. Both of those wineries had wines that scored in the 88 to 91 range and will likely get full reviews later.
Newsom said his scores were down a point or two from previous years overall on ratings for 10 of his wines, but he wasn't complaining. All but one of the 10 scored 90 points or above.
About Boudreaux's Reserve Cab, Schildknecht wrote: "Brace youself for a really high-toned blast of berry distillates and smoky barrel extraction that put me faintly in mind of really good Armagnac ... You want sweet fruit with oak? This way!"
The reviewer was particularly impressed with Newsom's creativity in partly aging his wines in new barrels made from toasted hickory.
"These wines are unlike any other I have encountered, and the best of them are unforgettably good," he wrote.