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Washington Wine: Fidelitas, Reininger, Ramseyer

 

If you drank down your cellar over the holidays, these three Washington reds are ready to fill it up.

Top Washington vineyards Ciel du Cheval, Sheridan, and Pepper Bridge. Two standard bearers of Washington wine, Charlie Hoppes (Fidelitas) and Chuck Reininger. And a new winery, Ramseyer, mailing list only, except from Northwest Wine. All 93 Point scores from Wine Spectator.

below, Fidelitas Winery

Fidelitas Winery

93 Points Wine Spectator
Fidelitas Cabernet Sauvignon
Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain 2009
$53.95 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* (retail $59.95)
310 cases produced.
Ripe and generous, this polished red is brimming with blackberry, cassis, bay leaf and toasted brioche flavors that linger easily on the long finish. Fine Tannins underline but don’t overpower. Drink through 2000. – Wine Spectator

Aromas of red cherry, ripe strawberry, and spice tones leap from the glass. Currant, dark cherry, tomato stem, and coffee flavors swirl through the palate, set in fine grained tannins. The 2009 Ciel du Cheval Cabernet Sauvignon shows perfect balance, complexity and an elegant texture, with a long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2020. – the winery

Reininger Syrah Walla Walla93 Points Wine Spectator
Reininger Syrah Walla Walla 2009
$31.45 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* (retail $34.95)

Polished, lithe and distinctive for its smoke, sassafras and spice notes, which swirl through the huckleberry and black fig flavors, lingering effortlessly. Drink now through 2019. – Wine Spectator

93 Points Wine Spectator
Ramseyer Vineyards Vintage Five 2009
$42.25 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* (retail $46.95)

320 cases produced.

Supple, rich and expressive, this is vibrant with acidity against ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, with earthy notes and an undertone of mint. Shows depth and carry on the finish. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 4% Malbec. Best from 2014 through 2020.- Wine Spectator

A blend of grapes from the Sheridan and Dineen Family Vineyards plus the Ramseyer Estate Vineyard in Zillah.

 

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