We’ve heard the buzz about Ross Andrew wines for a few months and recently headed out to Woodinville to taste for ourselves. With just one visit to the tasting room near the Hollywood School House, we became fans.
The reason is simple – Ross poured four of his wines and we recommend all of them. I can’t remember the last time that happened.
2008 Meadow: This is Ross Andrew’s second vintage of Meadow Oregon White, which offers aromatics, flavors, balance and an excellent price point of $16. We bought some and paired it at home with lemon chicken, which was amazing. The wine is dominantly Pinot Blanc, with a splash of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Interestingly, Pinot Blanc and the other white wines in this blend are not usually on our preferred list, so we were surprised at how much we enjoyed this crisp white wine. Meadow will definitely be one of our favorite spring and summer pours on the deck.
2006 Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon: This silky and soft wine blends 35% Syrah and 65% Cabernet Sauv. Lately, quite a few Woodinville wineries are blending wine from those two varietals, but this one stands above many of them. ($25 per bottle)
2005 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: If you like powerful Cabs, head over to Ross Andrew’s tasting room and check out this big boy. It is ready to drink now but has a structure to age gracefully through 2014. The fruit comes from three different vineyards in two Columbia Valley appelations, Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hills. ($32)
2007 Boushey Vineyard Syrah: With fruit from the famed Boushey Vineyard, this Syrah is heaven in a glass. With the trademark Syrah spice and smokiness, Ross Andrew’s 2007 Syrah is also sleek and elegant, with the signature earthiness from Boushey Vineyard. ($28)
The next time you’re tasting in Woodinville, be sure to stop by Ross Andrew’s tasting room. I know we’re going back!