Washington State’s wine industry got a big boost with the addition of the 2007 vintage scores to Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart Grid.
Washington’s 2007 vintage is rated at 95-100 points – their previous best score was 94 points for the 2006 vintage, with earlier scores hovering around 89-92 points.
Most of the “serious” 2007 vintage Washington reds are yet to be released. The few I’ve tasted combine size with sophistication. There is complexity as well as the big bruiser flavors Washington is known for. In a difficult market, this rating is a big boost for Washington’s wineries and a reason to start planning room in the cellar for the 2007 wines.