Latest Releases from Washington State

The US critic, Jeb Dunnuck has released his Washington State report which is jam-packed with 600+ tasting notes. Jeb’s report focuses on the 2015s, which and to quote Jeb “is another terrific vintage for the region. Washington has been on an undeniable roll since 2012, and these newly released 2015s, and upcoming 2016s, aren’t going to break the trend”.

2015 was one of the hottest growing seasons on record however, and as Jeb wrote “Washington can handle heat and vintages are characterized more by when/how the heat is accumulated over the growing season. In the case of 2015, the season got off to an incredibly early start before being consistently hot going into the summer. Multiple heat spikes in June and July caused vines to shut down, and growers had to battle the balance between sugars and phenolic ripeness going into harvest. A cooler, more normal end to the season allowed the phenolics to catch up, but harvest and vinification decisions were critical in getting ripe tannins in the wines”.

Despite the heat and testament to great winemaking skill, Jeb believes the wines have beautiful purity of fruit yet are slightly more firm and classically styled compared to the more broad and voluptuous 2012s and 2014s. He goes on and says “I think the phenolics lag what was achieved in 2014 (and 2012) and the wines have slightly less density and mid-palate depth, with an equal amount of tannin. Nevertheless, the top wines shine for their purity of fruit, balance, and length”.

Jeb gave the nod to the Rhône varieties last year when he tasted them from barrel, but from bottle, the Bordeaux blends showed beautifully as well. It’s a strong vintage for both Rhône and Bordeaux varieties. He compares the vintage to a hypothetical mix of 2013 and 2014 last year, and that comparison holds today. Out of the 606 tasted and ranked, we stock three wines which are listed in Jeb’s Top 10.

Gramercy Cellars, Washington, USA

£181.95 per bottle
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