By John ~ January 1st, 2010.
After visiting more wineries than I can count, tasting almost 900 Washington wines from 235 Washington wineries, meeting winemakers, and walking the rows in many of the best known vineyards in the state, these are the Wine Peeps teamâ€™s picks as the best of 2009.
Honorable Mention: 2006 AlmaTerra CoÃ©o Syrah, 2006 Barnard Griffin Reserve Malbec, 2005 Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Fielding Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Gilbert Cellars Cabernet Franc, 2005 Grand RÃªve Collaboration Series I Red Wine, 2007 Nefarious Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
Honorable Mention: Cabernet Sauvignon
BEST VINEYARD: Riverbend Vineyard, estate vineyard for Fielding Hills
Honorable Mention: Klipsun Vineyard
BEST AVA: Walla Walla Valley
Honorable Mention: Yakima Valley
Honorable Mention: AlmaTerra/Dr. Alan Busacca and Robert Smasne
Congratulations to all of the winners! Keep up the good work.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous, and wine-filled 2010!
Filed under: American Wine, Best of, Washington State Wine