SEATTLE, June 7, 2013 — Any wine critic worth his or her own salt, knows that Washington State produces some of the best wine values in all of North America. Even though it is still a relatively young industry, wine lovers around the globe have fallen in love with its quality, so it was no surprise to learn of Va Piano’s custom deal with Whole Foods.
The One Wine project is a joint-venture between these two companies that, as of this article, only delivers this wine to select Mid-Atlantic States. We are told by Va Piano that they are working with Whole Foods to eventually expand the market but that is a ways off in the future.
Right now, they produce a Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Each of which is made from some of the better vineyards of the Columbia Valley. Justin Wylie, owner/winemaker of Va Piano has long-standing, great relationships with the various vineyards which help to ensure quality fruit.
2011 Sauvignon Blanc - $18:
On the nose: Grapefruit, dandelion root, straw, kiwi and citrus.
On the palate: A landslide of grapefruit, passion fruit, papaya, key lime with a slight hint of straw. Not a “typical” Sauvignon Blanc in that it doesn’t present itself with tons of “grass and grapefruit”, however, it does finish clean and has a decent mid-palate. It’s a tad on the sweeter side which I know will cater to a larger number of people.
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon - $25:
On the nose: Dirt-covered cherries, black raspberry, fresh-squeezed plums, pencil lead, mint, a hint of rhubarb, cola, tobacco and dark chocolate.
On the palate: A very lush-tasting wine that is definitely fruit-forward but also carries with it a great deal of body. There is also good tannin and decent, not stellar, acidity that helps create a good mouthfeel. I get flavors of mud-laced cherries, plum sauce, peppercorn, lead, leather and dark chocolate with a splash of blueberry compote. A lingering finish helps make this cab an easy pick with beef, buffalo or even elk.
2010 Syrah - $25:
On the nose: Spice, pencil-lead-laced plum sauce with hints of cola, fruit cake and blackberry with bramble.
On the palate: A very fruit-forward Syrah but it still has good grip on the mid palate that leads into a very nice finish laden with spice and dark fruits.
In the end, these One Wines help keep the good reputation of Washington Wine delivering a respectable quality-to-price (Q.P.R.) ratio when compared to the likes of California. If you live in the Mid-Atlantic region, I would highly encourage you to check out your local Whole Foods and try these wines.
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