This month's top picks
Qué Syrah? Wines of the month!
This month we feature two lovely expressions of syrah that show just how expressively Washington syrah can ally structure, power and elegance. We're impressed — to say the least!
Naches Heights Syrah — $18
Biodynamically farmed syrah from Two Coyote and Naches Heights Vineyard deliver a brooding, spice, pepper and mineral-infused whirl of dark fruits. Superb wine from one of our favorite producers.
W.T. Vintners Syrah Destiny Ridge Vineyard — $26
A super example of what syrah is really all about, it's a bold, yet restrained, with savory aromas and flavors of tar, violets, blackberries, pepper and game. A terrific value.
Ridge Crest cabernet sauvignon — $10
Danged good — and even better when you smugly think of how little it cost you. Pour another glass and enjoy the real-deal cabernet sauvignon fruit in all its cassis and ripe blackberry juiciness.
Ryan Patrick "Redhead" Red — $9
There's nothin' fancy going on here. Just easy-to-drink, easy-to-buy, have-it-with-a-burger-or-a-pizza red vino. Who can argue with that?
Ryan Patrick "Naked" chardonnay — $9
"Naked" indeed. No need to dress up juicy, perfectly ripe chardonnay fruit like this — uncork and slip into something comfortable!
Powers viognier — $12.50
Wow. This smells and tastes like viognier — with "just-right" ripeness, so that all the lovely high tones of nectarine and white peach fruit can weave a lush texture for notes of litchi nut and tangerine to add bright accents. Lovely!
Claar Cellars sauvignon blanc — $13
A gem, clean, crisp and exuding ripe white grapefruit aromas and flavors, tinged with notes of tangerine, clover and honey. A nice lode of cool gravelly notes and bright acidity round it all out and invite another sip.
Naches Heights riesling — $11
Think apricots and white flower surfing a tangy edge of bright acidity, then add wafts of stones, wild sage and brush. It's a lovely marriage of cool, refreshing elegance with a kiss of way out west élan. A danged fine bottle of wine!
Gilbert Cellars "The Pilgrim" — $14
A lively blend of syrah and malbec aged in neutral oak barrels to accentuate its generous texture, without upstaging the lovely, bright red berry and blackberry fruit and its spicy overtones. A great introduction to Gilbert Cellars, if you haven't yet had the pleasure!
Gilbert Cellars "The Grower" White Wine — $14
Riesling and chardonnay — who woulda thunk? Lovely Washington chardonnay notes of pear and apple with a bright edge of citrus provide a generous framework for brightly focused notes of apricot and citrus to supply the high notes, along with classic hints of minerals and wild brush.
Gilbert Cellars Mourvèdre Rosé — $14
Dry as a desert day, refreshing as an icy mountain stream, this is lovely stuff. Aromas of just-ripe melon, grapefruit and peach take center stage, with whispers of evergreen, savory spice and wild herbs offering accents.
And ... don't miss these!
Raphael Rosso Piceno — $9
A blend of sangiovese and montepulciano, this tasty red offers everything you'd expect in a sturdy Chianti, with a splash of local, Adriatic character to boot.
Raphael Verdicchio — $9
Crisp, clean, dry and bursting with zippy, ripe fruit, this wine delivers pure, weekend-caliber pleasure at an easy to swallow, weekday price. The perfect "house" wine.
Podere il Palazzino Rosso Toscano — $11.50
Sangiovese sings most expressively when it's built like this — sleek, stylish and skating with finesse and grace. Pretty ripe cherry and dark dry cherry fruit are the centerpiece ...
Jordanov Rkacitelli — $12.50
Just say "ark-a-chee-telly." Perfect. Now think lemony, kiwi-tinged fruit, notes of Mediterranean brush, gravelly minerals and generous, but crisp texture. Repeat.
Jordanov Vraneč — $12.50
Just say "vrah-nets." A compelling whirl of red and dark fruits are like and alliance of bold, peppery alicante, spicy, old-school grenache, and a brooding syrah. Easy to drink, easy to buy!
Johan Vineyards "Farmlands" White Wine — $14.75
Pure Willamette Valley, with charming notes of nectarine, white peach and rainier cherry providing a core of fruit, while notes of gravel and meadow grass add charm and complexity.
Chinook Wines and PCC team up with Long Live the Kings!
When we talk about our favorite Washington wineries, you can always assume that Chinook wines is at the top of the list. For thirty years, they've been producing some of the state's most elegant, honest, expressive wines.
We're especially pleased to ally with Kay and Clay to offer PCC customers two exclusive blends to support Long Live the Kings! in their work to restore and protect wild steelhead and salmon habitat — two iconic, native species that are key parts of the health of our northwest environment.
So drink some of the Northwest's most delicious wine and help PCC, Chinook and Long Live the Kings! protect wild salmon and steelhead!
Chinook Yakima Valley White Wine Long Live the Kings — $14
Fetching flavors of creamy lemon, bright green apple and crisp Asian pear trade solos, accompanied by notes of wild rush brush and a core of cool minerals and bright acidity.
Chinook Yakima Valley Red Wine Long Live the Kings — $17
Generous, perfectly ripe red and black fruits are led by bright notes of cherry, with notes of tea leaf, baking spice and wild brush adding harmonies.
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The fine print:
All tasting notes are written by the PCC wine team, except where attributed otherwise — and in those cases, we wholeheartedly agree, and simply couldn't say it any better ourselves.