Alexandria Nicole Cellars comes to Woodinville

You might know the Alexandria Nicole Cellars tasting room in Prosser. You might even know about the winery’s Puget Sound Wine Dinner in Prosser on Oct. 6. (It sounds like a great event for $75 per person — starting at the tasting room at 11 a.m., moving on to a vineyard tour and cellar tasting, and then back to the tasting room for dinner.)

But did you know that the winery recently opened its doors to a new tasting room in Woodinville? You can now try Alexandria Nicole Cellars wine at 19501 144th Ave. NE, in a tasting room that is shared with Darby Cellars. We were there on a busy weekend and tasted several of their wines. We liked a few of them, but the one we took home was a $20 bottle of 2004 Estate Quarry Butte, a Bordeaux-style blend of five varietals: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 6% Syrah, 6% Cab Franc and 1% Malbec. Barrel-aged 18 months in both French and American Oak, this wonderful blend was ripe with berry flavors, a balanced structure and a lengthy finish.

We also enjoyed the 2004 Estate Merlot from Destiny Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. We weren’t surprised that this complex Merlot won the 2007 Seattle Wine Awards Grand Award of Excellence. It wasn’t a fruit bomb that is the trademark of many Merlots these days. This Merlot is a smooth, elegant blend of 79% Merlot, 19% Malbec and 2%Petit Verdot. The result is an intense bouquet of blackberries with refined tannins and a solid finish.

You can taste these wines and welcome Alexandria Nicole Cellars to Woodinville at the grand opening of the Woodinville tasting room on Sept. 22 from 4:30 – 9 p.m. I hope to see you there.


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Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California, ANZ and Bordeaux. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”

3 thoughts on “Alexandria Nicole Cellars comes to Woodinville

  1. Many people are unfamiliar with Alexandria Nicole, but we feel that this wine ranks right up there with the best. The Quarry Butte easily could pass for a bottle you might expect to pay $45 plus dollars for. The Destiny is exceptional and the Merlot also deserves to be touted.
    I think this just might be the best wine find of the year hands down!

  2. If you’re in Washington state, you’ll have lots of opportunities this month to taste the wine of Alexandria Nichole–see the event listings in the post “What’s going on…”

    Thanks for your comment and cheers!

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