A new branch of tasting rooms joins the Woodinville wine country family just off the exit for NE 195th Street from Highway 522, across the parking lot from a shiny new Hampton Inn & Suites. Three of the four tasting rooms opened during the winter, but Skylite Cellars put the finishing touches on its space just a couple of weeks ago. Check out these lovely offerings from Skylite Cellars, Avennia, Tertulia Cellars, Tsillan Cellars.
Skylite Cellars Sierra 2015
(Walla Walla Valley; $19)
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and a touch of Muscat, this luscious white wine is bursting with zesty peach, orange blossom, honey, and passionfruit aromas and flavors. Buy at least two bottles (or two cases) – the first one will run out faster than you can imagine. Pairs well with sunshine, a cushy deck chair, and a good book.
Tertulia Cellars Riviere Galets Mourvèdre 2014
(Walla Walla Valley; $35)
A nose full of bright red fruit – red currants, cranberry, and some of those raspberry jelly candies (you know, the ones covered in those tiny candy beads so they look like real berries) – is followed by wet stone minerality on the palate. This wine is easy to drink on its own, but could easily stand up to some barbecue – beef ribs, lamb, pork shoulder.
Avennia Sestina 2014
(Columbia Valley; $65)
Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, this Bordeaux-style blend is rich with black fruit on the nose with a touch of graphite. It’s a big wine, no doubt about it. Dark chocolate and tobacco, with some vanilla from the new French oak barrels, the tannins are velvety mid-palate. Give this baby a nap in the cellar, maybe 3-5 years for optimal enjoyment. Cheers in 2020!
Tsillan Cellars Barbera 2014
(Lake Chelan; $35)
This lighter-weight red wine uses all estate fruit grown in the Lake Chelan AVA. Aromas of boysenberry, caramel, and a bit of cedar are followed by cherry and vanilla on the palate. A clean, food-friendly wine that would go well with a Sunday dinner of roast chicken and potatoes.