Our own Dan McCarthy took home the 2015 Walter Clore award during this year’s Washington State Wine Awards. The award goes to an individual who has demonstrated a significant, long-term dedication to the advancement of the Washington wine industry and that has significantly impacted the state’s wine industry.

New Arrivals

2012 Betz Family Reds

Straight from Bob Betz, MW here is the word, “2012 was brilliant right from the start. A moderate spring and gently building summer heat to a hot August ensured above average heat accumulation for the year. This was followed by a long gentle autumn creating predictable and satisfying results. The wines are generous, pure, and expressive”.

2012 Betz Family Red ‘Clos de Betz’ Columbia Valley (Limited) 62.00 51.46VS

2012 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Père de Famille’ Columbia Valley (Limited) 79.00 65.57VS

2012 Saint Cosme Northern Rhônes

2012 was a late ripening vintage in the northern Rhône Valley. Picking began at the end of September, collecting impeccably ripe grapes that had retained great freshness and acidity. The 2012 Saint Cosme Condrieu shows hints of peach, nectarine, and elderflower with vibrant acidity. The 2012 Saint Cosme Crozes-Hermitage is a milder Syrah with classic scents of black pepper and black currant. In contrast, the 2012 Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph is 100% Serine (an ancient clone of Syrah) that shows elements of bay leaf, tobacco, and strawberries. Winemaker Louis Barruol says that Côte-Rôtie has to be made like a Burgundy, and the 2012 Saint Cosme Côte-Rôtie shows aromas of licorice and roses, with a mineral taste that is ‘Burgundian’ Syrah.

2012 Saint Cosme Condrieu 65.00 53.95VS

2012 Saint Cosme Crozes-Hermitage (Limited) 30.00 24.90VS

2012 Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 32.00 26.56VS

2012 Saint Cosme Côte-Rôtie 65.00 53.95VS

Staff Picks

2013 Domaine Weinbach

Two great new wines from Domaine Weinbach show the vibrant acidity and fresh fruit character of 2013 Alsatian wines. The 2013 Domaine Weinbach Pinot Blanc comes from the Clos des Capucins parcel and is dry, crisp and perfect for seafood. The 2013 Domaine Weinbach Riesling ‘Cuvée Théo’ has great depth of flavor and is perfect with Asian cuisine.

2013 Domaine Weinbach Pinot Blanc Réserve Kaysersberg 26.00 21.58VS

2013 Domaine Weinbach Riesling ‘Cuvée Théo’ Kaysersberg 35.00 29.05VS

Delicious Donnhoffs

Two 2013 Dönnhoff Rieslings have arrived in town and they are stunning. The 2013 Dönnhoff Kreuznacher Krötenpful Riesling Kabinett has a racy acidity that reminds us of the great 1971 vintage in Germany—fantastic bracing acidity with ripe berry and stone fruit flavor. The 2013 Dönnhoff Riesling Tonschiefer Dry State is a trocken style that has pure Nahe regional character. There is a hint of orange rind on the nose, and great mineral flavor. The wine is named Tonschiefer meaning ‘clay slate’, the blackish-grey slate perfect for producing elegant wines. These are not-to-be-missed wines perfect for stashing for summer.

2013 Dönnhoff Riesling Kabinett Kreuznacher Krötenpful 28.0023.24VS

2013 Dönnhoff Riesling Tonschiefer Dry Slate Nahe 30.00 24.90VS