Nine Washington Wines Make Top 100

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!


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About Margot

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 additional posts about Oregon, B.C., California, ANZ, France, Italy, Spain and more. A former national journalist in Canada and the U.S., Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”