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Date:December 19, 2015

Washington State Wine Recognized on Top Wine Lists of 2015

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SEATTLE (Dec. 18, 2015) – Three of the nation’s most influential wine magazines have awarded Washington State with top accolades for the 2015 year. Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Wine & Spirits have released their “Top” of 2015 lists, which celebrate 42 Washington State wines from 32 Washington State wineries.

Each year, editors select standout wines from thousands of submissions from around the world reviewed throughout the year to name their most celebrated 100 wines in the following categories: Top 100, Top Cellar Selections, Top Best Buys and Classic Scoring Wines. Wine & Spirits Magazine also celebrates the Top 100 Wineries in addition to naming top specific wines.

Fourteen Washington State wines made Wine Spectator’s Classic Scoring Wines of 2015, a list that celebrates wines that earned scores of 95 points or higher on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale, and an additional seven wines were listed on Wine Spectator’s Top 100.

Wine Enthusiast named Washington State 23 times to its three Top 100 lists: Top Best BuysTop Cellar Selections and its most acclaimed, The Enthusiast 100. Of the named 23 wines, Washington State landed in the top 15 of each list.

Wine & Spirits selected six Washington State wineries for its Top 100 Wineries of Year. This list is a collection of producers from around the world with the most exceptional track records in the magazine’s blind tastings.

“We are thrilled to see Washington State continue to stand so prominently on these lists,” said Steve Warner, president of Washington State Wine, the organization which represents all wineries and growers in Washington State. “These recognitions continue to prove Washington State’s reputation for crafting wines that rank among the world’s best.”

WASHINGTON STATE WINE TOP 2015 ACCOLADES

Wine Spectator Top 100:

  • #2 – Quilceda Creek 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • #22 – Gramercy Cellars 2012 The Deuce Syrah
  • #28 – Baer 2012 Ursa
  • #31 – K Vintners 2012 The Creator Cabernet/Syrah
  • #34 – Tenet 2013 The Pundit Syrah

 

Wine Spectator Classic-Scoring Wines of 2015

  • 97 points – K Vintners 2012 Syrah Rock Garden
  • 96 points – Cayuse 2012 Syrah En Cerise Vineyard
  • 96 points – Horsepower 2012 Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah
  • 96 points – K Vintners 2012 Morrison Lane Syrah
  • 96 points – Quilceda Creek 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 96 points – Reynvaan 2012 Foothills Reserve Syrah
  • 95 points – Cadence 2012 Cara Mia Vineyard Camerata
  • 95 points – Cayuse 2011 God Only Knows Grenache
  • 95 points – Cayuse 2012 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah
  • 95 points – Eroica 2008 Single Berry Select Riesling
  • 95 points – Dunham 2014 Lewis Vineyard Late Harvest Riesling
  • 95 points – Gramercy Cellars 2012 The Deuce Syrah
  • 95 points – Horsepower 2012 The Tribe Vineyard Syrah
  • 95 points – Charles Smith 2012 Stoneridge Vineyard Royal City Syrah

 

Wine Enthusiast The Enthusiast 100 Wines of 2015

  • #8 – Cayuse 2012 God Only Knows Grenache
  • #26 – Baer 2012 Star
  • #33 – EFESTE – 2013 Evergreen Vineyard Riesling
  • #51 – Gramercy Cellars 2012 Syrah
  • #59 – Betz Family 2012 Pére de Familie Cabernet Sauvignon
  • #71 – Avennia 2012 Boushey Vineyard Arnaut Syrah
  • #87 – Latta 2012 Upland Vineyard Grenache


Wine Enthusiast 
Top 100 Best Buys 

 ‘Best Buys’ suggested retail price is $15 or less with exceptionally high scores for their price range

  • #13 – Goose Ridge 2012 g3 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • # 28 – Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • # 51 – Hogue 2014 Gewürztraminer
  • # 63 – Pacific Rim 2014 Sweet Riesling
  • #72 – Mercer 2014 Pinot Gris
  • # 90 – For A Song 2013 Caliche Lake Vineyard Riesling
  • # 100 – Milbrandt 2014 Traditions Pinot Gris

 

Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections

 Age-worthy wines tasted throughout 2015

  • #12 – Gramercy Cellars 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • #35 – Reynvaan 2012 Foothills Reserve Estate Syrah
  • #56 – Quilceda Creek 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • #66 – Figgins 2012 Estate Red Wine
  • #74 – Woodward Canyon 2012 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon
  • #83 – Den Hoed 2010 Andreas Wallula Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
  • #87 – Corliss Estates 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • #94 – Baer 2012 Arctos
  • #98 – Seven Hills 2012 Ciel du Cheval Red Wine

 

Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries of the Year

  • àMaurice Cellars
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • L’Ecole No. 41
  • Pepper Bridge
  • Reynvaan
  • Spring Valley Vineyard

 

About Washington State Wine:                                                                                  

Washington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSW provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit www.washingtonwine.org.

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