Of course you want to drink local to ring in the new year this extended weekend! Here are a few of our favorites to ease your decision woes and cheers to a year well-imbibed.
Argyle 2008 Blanc de Blancs — Three words: Dijon Clone Chardonnay. Maybe more: Planted in Oregon for several decades, made by domestic sparkling guru Rollin Soles, thriving in Dundee. Loaded with spice of quince, nutmug and cinnamon and backed by a floral tone reminiscent of spring, minerality and acid pull throw in a strong and lush finish.
Domaine Meriwether NV Discovery Cuvee — 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay comprises this blend in an attempt to connect old world to new. Nutty yet fresh, with toasted bread and pear on the palate, the mousse is elegantly smooth in texture finishing bright in its acid.
Capitello NV Brut — Oregon Pinot Noir and Chardonnay create “extra-fine” bubbles, pear, apple and brioche tones in this value sparkling wine that packs in the flavor for a fraction of the price.
Treveri Cellars NV Brut Syrah — This German-born winemaker and owner plays with sparkling varietals from traditional to the esoteric, including this sparkling Syrah. Soft and delicate but bold and beautiful in true Washington Syrah character, the wine is dark, texturally pleasing and a pleasant surprise.
Syncline 2009 “Scintillation” Blanc de Blanc — As said in its title, this 100% Chardonnay sparkler is pulled from one of the oldest blocks in the white wine-centric and prestigious Celilo Vineyard. Lemon and lime shine through with a sweeter side, brioche and baking spices tie up the aromas while the palate is clean, polished and silky.
Karma Vineyards 2009 Estate Pink — True to its craft with Method Champenoise production and an underground champagne cave, this vintage rose is built on Pinot Noir and enhanced by Pinot Meunier to give off a strawberry shortcake nose of fruit and yeast, backed by easy acid and a lively texture.