By John ~ January 2nd, 2012.
After visiting more wineries and tasting more Washington wines than I can count, meeting many of the best winemakers in Washington, and walking the rows in many of the best known vineyards in the state, these are the Wine Peeps team’s picks as the best of 2011 in Washington Wine Country.
BEST WINE: 2008 Rasa Vineyards Creative Impulse (featured July 6)
Honorable Mention: 2008 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (featured Aug 31), 2008 Fielding Hills Cabernet Franc (featured Feb 23), and 2001 Eroica Single Berry Select Riesling [Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen] (featured Sept 28)
BEST WINERY: Chateau Ste. Michelle (featured in a number of posts, including Jan 17, Aug 15, Sept 28, and Oct 17 as well as in seven A Wine for Tonight posts)
Honorable Mention: Rasa Vineyards and Fielding Hills Winery
BEST VARIETY/TYPE: Red Blends (featured in a number of posts, including June 22)
Honorable Mention: Cabernet Franc and Riesling
BEST VINEYARD: Champoux Vineyards (based on wines released in 2011 produced from Champoux Vineyards fruit)
Honorable Mention: DuBrul Vineyard (our 2010 winner) and Boushey Vineyards (always a favorite)
Congratulations to all of the winners! Keep up the good work. We would encourage all Washington wine lovers to patronize these producers, vendors, and events. They are the cream of the crop.
Happy New Year! Best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous, and wine-filled 2012!
Filed under: American Wine, Best of, Washington State Wine