I have recently had the pleasure of tasting a myriad of wines from Washington state, almost all of them were outstanding & none of them were of poor quality.
Most notable was the Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard 2005, a blend of 45% cabernet sauvignon, 20% cabernet franc, 30% merlot & 5% petit verdot. At the heart of the glass was a core of dark, almost black, color that extended almost to the rim. The nose expressed plum & blackberry in an elegant & slightly dusty/earthy manner. The palate was rich & supple with black currant, black raspberry, smoke & spice. It had a very firm grip & beautiful balance. What really struck me was that winemaker Chris Carmada was not going for higher brix, but supreme balance. The result was a wine that was never too sweet or fruit driven. It was beautiful & seamless, each characteristic playing a supporting role that pushed forth one absolutely stunning wine. I believe this bottle will be on Circa's new wine list. It is by no means an inexpensive bottle, but it is more than worth it. When compared to California wines of the same quality, this is a bargain!
Keep an eye out for a Washington State wine dinner soon?