One of the standout wineries in the Woodinville Warehouse District, W.T. Vintners focuses on limited production wines from great sites in Washington like the Stoney Vine Vineyard and Destiny Ridge Vineyard. Head winemaker Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen is also the lead somm at one of the best restaurants in Seattle, RN74. He is a level 3 somm (advanced) and is currently studying for his master somm exam. Jeff is not only a killer winemaker, he is a super cool, down to earth guy.
His new releases impressed and carried some incredible value. His 2013 W.T. Vintners ‘Stoney Vine Vineyard’ Red Wine (WWB, 94) is one of the best values from the Walla Walla Rocks region that I have ever sampled. The wine has incredible depth, complexity and rocky terroir and comes with a remarkably reasonable price tag. Similarly stunning was their 2013 W.T. Vintners ‘Stoney Vine Vineyard’ Syrah (WWB, 93) which showed wonderful poise, rocky terroir and brisk minerality. Learn more about these great wines at http://www.wtvintners.com/. Here are the fantastic new release wines by W.T. Vintners.
2014 W.T. Vintners Gruner Veltliner- This wine begins with aromas of gooseberry, starfruit, cantaloupe and red delicious apple. There are flavors of starfruit, cut grass, green papaya and Bartlett pear. This Gruner shows lovely balance and structure. Drink 2016-2020- 90
2013 W.T. Vintners ‘Gorgeous’ Syrah- This is sourced from the Destiny Ridge Vineyard. The wine starts with aromas of red cherry, red raspberry, cola and white pepper. There are flavors of black cherry, blackberry cobbler, black olive and black pepper. This is a lovely layered and polished effort. Drink 2016-2026- 92
2013 W.T. Vintners ‘Stoney Vine Vineyard’ Red Blend- The 2013 Stoney Vine Vineyard' Red Blend is a stunner from W.T. Vintners and head winemaker Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen. The wine is a blend of 53% Grenache, 37% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and shows the best of the Walla Walla Rocks region. This wine opens with aromas of prune, red cherry, and wet gravel with some smoky accents. There are flavors of red raspberry, crushed wet gravel, blood orange rind and black cherry with suggestions of smoked meats and black olive. This is a silky and textured wine that is impossible to resist right now. The softness of the Grenache shows through. At this price, the wine is an absolute steal. In fact, I have never seen a wine of this quality and price from the Walla Walla Rocks region. This impressive bottling has the structure to cellar for another decade. Drink 2016-2026- 94
2013 W. T. Vintners ‘Stoney Vine Vineyard’ Syrah- The wine starts with aromas of smoked meats, white pepper, thyme, wet rock and red currant. There are dense flavors of black cherry, blackberry cobbler, wet rock and leather. This wine is layered and intense, yet maintaining a Rhone feel. With a lithe minerality, I can see this cellaring very well. Drink 2016-2026- 93
2012 W. T. Vintners ‘Les Collines Vineyard’ Syrah- The wine starts with aromas of black olive smoked meats and blackberry preserves. The wine has flavors of black cherry, anise, black olive and leather. This is earthy and terroir driven Syrah, showcasing this great vineyard. Drink 2016-2025- 92