Wine Spectator just published its Top 100 wines for 2009, and the largest number (ever) of Washington wines made the list. It’s also the first time a Washington wine has been #1 — 2006 Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet.
The Spectator‘s list is based on score, value (reflected by release price), availability and an “excitement” factor. The list won’t be made generally available until Wednesday – but props to Seattle wine blogger Sean Sullivan for publishing the list today. For full details, along with Sean’s reviews of each wine, please check out his post at Washington Wine Report.
The Washington wines on the list are:
1. Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon CV Reserve 2006 95pts $27
26. Cayuse Syrah Walla Walla Valley Cailloux Vineyard 2006 95pts $65
33. Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2006 92pts $25
36. Efeste Syrah Red Mountain Ceidleigh 2006 93pts $29
38. Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet HHH Canoe Ridge Estate 2006 92pts $28
60. Spring Valley Uriah Walla Walla Valley 2006 93pts $50
66. Barnard Griffin Riesling Columbia Valley 2008 90pts $8
72. The Magnificent Wine Company Syrah Columbia Valley 2006 91pts $20
74. Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon CV Reserve 2006 91pts $22
Congratulations to Washington wines!