Wine Advocate report on Washington State releasedRelease Date: August 31, 2010
Dr. Jay Miller of the Wine Advocate scored 469 Washington wines 90 points or higher in his report out today, up nearly 40% from the 338 wines that scored 90+ in 2009. The total number of recommended wines also increased dramatically. In 2009, Dr. Miller recommended 561 Washington wines in his report, while this year a total of 810 were recommended, a jump of almost 45%.
Dr. Miller had words of praise for many varietals grown in Washington, saying Riesling “is capable of big things in Washington” and that “the overall quality of Washington Merlot is high and better on average than that produced in Napa and Sonoma.” And while Cabernet Sauvignon “leads the parade”, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot have “become hot tickets.” Dr. Miller also claims that “it is already established that great things can be done with Syrah in Washington so it seems that in due time Syrah is likely to approach the Bordeaux varieties in overall quality.”