For the first time ever, a Washington wine has earned the top spot on the Wine Spectator’s prestigious Top 100. The 2005 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve ($27) beat 17,000 wines to become “wine of the year” for 2009. Although this wine is currently sold out, Columbia Crest announced this morning they are searching their private cellars to hopefully release a few cases. Summit Club members will have first dibs.
On top of winning the top spot, Washington wines made an impression showing in the top 100, with more Washington wines selected for this honor than any other year.
“Washington State consistently produces high quality wine for great value. Being acknowledged as having the wine of the year by Wine Spectator is a great honor. Seeing more Washington wine on the list than ever before also proves this is no one-hit wonder, but that Washington truly stands out among the wine regions of the world,” said Robin Pollard, executive director of the Washington Wine Commission.
Although Washington State’s vineyard acreage is just 6 percent of California’s, Washington secured nine spots compared to California which scored 21 spots on the list. In contrast, France, which normally makes an impressive showing on the list, only secured 17 spots on the list and only one spot in the top ten.
Here is the complete list of Washington State wines and their ranking in the Top 100 list:
1. Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon CV Reserve 2005 95pts $27
26. Cayuse Syrah Walla Walla Valley Cailloux Vineyard 2006 95pts $65
33. Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2006 92pts $25
36. Efeste Syrah Red Mountain Ceidleigh 2006 93pts $29
38. Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet HHH Canoe Ridge Estate 2006 92pts $28
60. Spring Valley Uriah Walla Walla Valley 2006 93pts $50
66. Barnard Griffin Riesling Columbia Valley 2008 90pts $8
72. The Magnificent Wine Company Syrah Columbia Valley 2006 91pts $20
74. Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon CV Reserve 2006 91pts $22