Washington State Day 2

Seattle/Woodinville

Tasted June 15, 2019 by 3daywinereview.com with 72 views

Introduction

Wonderful day of tasting capped off with Ray's Boat House for dinner. Kevin White Winery is a true gem and highly recommend you get your hands on their limited production Rhone wines.

Flight 1 - Eight Bells (5 notes)

Tasting room five minutes from my brother's house. Second time visiting them and again wonderful wines at a good prices.

Rosé
2018 Eight Bells Compass Rosé Red Willow Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
88 points
Strawberry, spice, minerals and watermelon. Short to medium finish. Flavorful wine. 88 points. $25
White
2018 Eight Bells Chardonnay Boushey Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
86 points
Melon, spice, orange peel and heavy floral. Too acidic.
Red
2016 Eight Bells Sangiovese Red Willow Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
91 points
Cranberry, spice, floral, ripe fruit and earth. Medium finish. Very balanced wine and excellent example of what this grape can do in Washington.
Red
2015 Eight Bells Cabernet Sauvignon David's Block Red Willow Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
92 points
The best wine sampled today at Eight Bells. A blend of Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. Pepper, wood, vanilla, red currant and mild oak. Medium finish. Solid!
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Red
2015 Eight Bells Syrah 8 Clones Red Willow Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
88 points
Floral, dust, earth and chalk. Lacks fruit but not bad. Drink now.

Flight 2 - Lobo Hills (7 notes)

Tony was outstanding! Took care of our group and great descriptions on the wines and the unique process he makes them. At the end he did a blind taste of the two Syrah wines. I thought one had been opened for a few days but it turned out the Spilya just needs some serious time in the cellar as the Stonetree is open for business. Highly recommend a stop at Lobo Hills.

White
2018 Lobo Hills Sauvignon Blanc USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
90 points
Tasted at the tasting room. Wonderful Sauvignon Blanc. Crisp and good minerality. Floral, grapefruit and lime. Short to medium finish and good acidity.
$18.00
White
2018 Lobo Hills Auxerrois Inland Desert USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
88 points
Tasted at the tasting room. Orange peel, floral, limestone and shells. Fermented with oyster shells. Solid overall effort.
$25.00
Rosé
2018 Lobo Hills Cabernet Franc Rosé USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
89 points
Tasted at the tasting room. Very solid Rose effort. Spice, watermelon, rose petals and strawberry. Short to medium finish.
$16.00
Red
2013 Lobo Hills Right Bank Blend USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
93 points
Tasted at the tasting room. Excellent wine and drinking really well right now. Tobacco, cherry, stones, floral and gravel. Very nice Bordeaux like wine.
64% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Franc
$20.00 Amazing value
Red
2016 Lobo Hills Cabernet Franc Lonesome Spring Ranch Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
91 points
Tasted at the tasting room. Strawberry, floral, wood, pepper and perfume. Very nice wine and medium plus finish. Drink now to 2024.
Red
2014 Lobo Hills Syrah Spilya Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain
90 points
Tasted blind against the 2014 Stonetree Syrah. Big style Syrah with oak, cherry, spice, floral and black pepper. This is still tight and needs some cellar time. Thinking best after 2022. 90-92 points
$30.00
Red
2014 Lobo Hills Syrah Stonetree Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope
92 points
Tasted blind against the Spilya. Very well integrated. Cherry, plum, white pepper, blueberries and subtle spice. Fruit is the main event here. Medium finish.
$30.00

Flight 3 - Kevin White (5 notes)

Kevin White gave us a tour of the operation. He is making some of the best Rhone Blends for the money I have ever tasted. He uses more neutral wood so the fruit is the star of his wines. Very approachable young however these do have the ability to age.

Red
2017 Kevin White Winery Pionnier Boushey Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
92 points
Tasting pour. Pepper, raspberry, stone, floral and mild spices. Very tasty wine with medium finish. Drink now to 2025.
Red
2017 Kevin White Winery La Fraternité USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
92 points
Tasting pour. Excellent young wine. Underbrush, floral, black pepper, red currant and spice. Medium to long finish. A tremendous value for $30. Age for up to a decade.
Red
2017 Kevin White Winery Syrah En Hommage USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
92 points
Tasting pour. Plum, blueberries, stone, mild oak/vanilla and floral notes. Very smooth wine over all. Medium finish. Amazing how well this is drinking and fruit is the main feature.
Red
2016 Kevin White Winery Heritage DuBrul Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
93 points
Tasting pour. Very good wine. Get your hands on these before they sell out. Cherry, blueberries, coffee beans, neutral wood and spice. Medium to long finish. Balanced wine. 93 plus
Red
2017 Kevin White Winery Red Wine USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
90 points
Day 1: Kevin White’s entry level red blend. I like the screw cap closure. Big fruit featuring ripe cherries and plums. Nice spice elements along with underbrush and floral notes on the finish.
Day 2: better on day 2. Blackberries, game, pepper, plum, floral and perfume. Nice rustic edge to this one. 90 points

Flight 4 - Dinner at Ray's Boathouse (2 notes)

2 very nice Oregon Pinots at Ray's. I had the grilled Ahi tuna which was amazing. Service from John was outstanding.

Red
2010 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
93 points
Tasted at Ray’s Boathouse. Cranberry, spice, cherry and funk. Flavorful and classic Oregon Pinot. Drink now to 2023.
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Red
2010 WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Aliette USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Strawberry, minerals, violets, underbrush and spice.
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