Happy Friday the 13th!
The best way to avoid bad luck and hockey-mask-wearing slashers is to protect yourself with cult Washington white wine. Weird, I know, but it actually works!
Seriously, today’s wines – an awe-striking 39 year-old vine Chenin blanc and a rich Chardonnay from a white-hot winery – are Washington whites you want to try. And if they bring you good luck, that’s even better.
Merriman Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2011
$20.65 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* ($22.95 retail)
This is amazing. Fresh cut lime, beeswax, pebbles, Granny Smith apple, I’m just getting started! There’s a little squeeze of juicy tangerine on the finish, and a tiny hint of quinine. A cult, dry Chenin Blanc made from a scant parcel of 39 year old vines in Yakima Valley, brought back to life by winemaker Eric Brasher, who literally camped out in the desert with the vineyard to bring the “Brasher Block” back to life. You haven’t tasted anything like this from the Northwest.
Tranche Chardonnay 2008
$28.75 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* ($31.95 retail)
Tranche is the sister winery of Corliss Estate, one of the hottest new wineries in the Pacific Northwest. This is a great example of bigger, richer Chardonnay with great balance. Wine Enthusiast’s Paul Gregutt, who knows Washington wine as well as literally anyone on the planet, went gaga for the Tranche:
Wine Enthusiast 95 Points: The Celilo vineyard has contributed the fruit to many outstanding Chardonnays from a who’s who list of winemakers, but none better than this. Intensely concentrated and deeply extracted, it explodes with marvelously pure fruit flavors-the full range of citrus, citrus peel and crisp tree fruits. A wine with virtually perfect balance, exceptional texture and amazing length. – P.G.
145 cases made.