Wine Enthusiast Top Wine & Spirits of 2009 Released!

Howdy all!

Wine Enthusiast Magazine just released the Top Wine & Spirits Listings for 2009.  Check out the link for all of the nitty-gritty details, but at quick glance, Washington and Oregon fared very well!

Here's the rundown for the Northwest.

The Enthusiast 100 - the most dynamic and diverse wines available:

2:  Charles Smith 2006 Royal City Syrah (Columbia Valley)
8:  Poet’s Leap 2007 Riesling (Columbia Valley)
16:  Betz Family 2006 Père de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley)
39:  Fielding Hills 2007 RiverBend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Wahluke Slope)
49:   Adelsheim 2007 Winderlea Vineyard Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)
54:   Abacela 2005 South Face Block Reserve Syrah (Southern Oregon)
62:  Leonetti Cellar 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla)
82:  Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2008 Eroica Riesling (Columbia Valley)
86:  Stevens 2006 BlackTongue Syrah (Yakima Valley)
91:  Chehalem 2006 Ian’s Reserve Chardonnay (Dundee Hills)
95:  Rôtie Cellars 2007 Red Wine (Southern Blend) (Horse Heaven Hills)
97:  Woodward Canyon 2006 Merlot (Columbia Valley)
Top 100 Best Buys -- less than $15 with outstanding quality:

3:  Pacific Rim 2008 Organic Riesing (Columbia Valley (WA)
11:  Washington Hills 2007 Summit Reserve Late Harvest Riesling (Columbia Valley)
13:   Kirkland Signature 2006 Merlot (Columbia Valley)
17:  McKinley Springs 2007 Viognier (Horse Heaven Hills)
21:  Merry Cellars 2008 Sauvignon Blanc (Wahluke Slope)
38:  Upland Estates 2007 Gewürztraminer (Yakima Valley-Snipes Mountain)
43:  Kungfu Girl 2008 Riesling (Columbia Valley)
57:  Arbor Crest 2006 Merlot (Columbia Valley)
63:   Milbrandt Vineyards 2006 Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley)
69:  Hogue 2006 Cabernet Merlot (Columbia Valley)
71:  Chateau Ste. Michelle 2007 Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley)
73:   Snoqualmie 2007 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley)
76:  Covey Run 2006 Reserve Chardonnay (Columbia Valley)
80:  Hedges 2007 C.M.S. Red (Columbia Valley)
84:   A to Z Wineworks 2008 Pinot Gris (Oregon)
89:  Columbia Crest Two Vines 2007 Gewürztraminer (Columbia Valley)

Top 100 Cellar Selections -- most ageable wines of the year:

4:  Betz Family 2006 La Serenne Syrah (Columbia Valley)
12:  Woodward Canyon 2006 Estate Red Wine (Walla Walla)
44: Chateau Rollat 2006 Edouard de Rollat Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla)
95:  McCrea Cellars 2005 Cuvée Orleans Syrah (Yakima Valley)
98:  Erath 2006 Bishop Creek Pinot Noir (Yamhill-Carlton District)
 So there you have it!  For those keeping track at home, the Northwest represented 12% of the The Enthusiast 100, 16% of the Top 100 Value Wines, and 5% of the Top 100 Cellar Selections.  An impressive showing for the region!

More detailed analysis to come, I just wanted to share the info.


Wood Wine Racks said...

What a great and powerful list of wines. Great representation from the full spectrum of wines.

Ron said...

Of the list, what are some of your favorites? Even narrowing a list of 100 down to just those from one region is still a long list, and I always lean heavily on recommendations. What do you say?

Anthony said...
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Anthony said...

Were there any Missouri Wines on that list? Too much to take in at once. I'm surprise that a bottle of St. James Winery Country Red didn't make its way on that list. Such good wine for under $15.00.

Josh Gana said...

Ron...I have really dug some Woodward Canyon wine lately, I'd try that one :)