One of the great somms, winemakers and people in Washington wine, Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen crafts limited production wines at his new facility in Woodinville. I was there last weekend for his spring release and his new tasting room in the warehouse district is an awesome space to kick back and enjoy a great lineup of wines. W.T. Vintners focuses sources from some of the most esteemed vineyards in Washington including the Stoney Vine Vineyard and the Destiny Ridge Vineyard. Jeff’s wines have taken center stage on WWB in the past two years as the past two vintages (2014 & 2015) of his ‘Stoney Vine Vineyard’ Red Wine have landed on my Top 100 wines of North America. If you have any of those remaining in your cellar, you have made me very jealous, as mine have mysteriously vanished.
The new W.T. lineup is absolutely fantastic. Just in time for warmer weather, Jeff has crafted an absolutely fabulous Rose, the 2017 W.T. Vintners ‘Parasol’ Rose (WWB, 91) which pairs bright acidity and a wonderful texture that is not to be missed. Sourcing from one of the truly great vineyards in Oregon the 2015 W.T. Vintners ‘Seven Springs Vineyard’ Pinot Noir (WWB, 92) is a mouth-watering Pinot Noir that has dazzling acidity and wonderful weight. Learn more about this fantastic winery at http://www.wtvintners.com Here are the new wines by W.T. Vintners.
2017 W. T. Vintners ‘Parasol’ Rose- This Pinot Noir Rose is Sourced from Underwood Mountain. Very delicate red fruit and rose petal aromatics grip you. There is nice weight and acidity as the mid-palate texture is marvelous showing off bright red fruit flavors with lighter citrus undertones. Great as a stand-alone Rose, this would also pair nicely with sushi. Drink 2018-2022- 91
2017 W. T. Vintners ‘Upland Vineyard’ Chenin Blanc- This has a distinctly floral nose with rose water and star jasmine combining with lighter peach aromas. This has marvelous acidity with green papaya, green apple and minerals. Drink 2018-2022- 90
2015 W. T. Vintners ‘Seven Springs Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- Whole cluster fermented, this Pinot Noir wine saw third use barrels as winemaker opted for purity in this wine. The wine has a beautiful citrus backbone with gobs of mouth-watering acidity. Red fruits mingle with minerals in this awesome Pinot Noir that shows its feminine side. Drink 2018-2028- 92
2015 W. T. Vintners ‘Gorgeous’ Syrah- Sourced from the Destiny Ridge Vinetard this wine saw 65% whole cluster fermentation. The nose is beautiful and pure showing wild raspberry cordial, milk chocolate and violets. This has marvelous acidity as black and red fruits connect with the mineral backbone. This is another awesome effort that will drink well over the next decade. Drink 2018-2028- 92
2015 W. T. Vintners ‘Philosopher Stone’ Syrah- A compelling blend of Syrah with equal parts Stoney Vine and Les Collines Vineyards, there is a lightly stony nose with wet rock and dark fruits mingling. The palate is lithe and rich, showing wild blackberry, red cherry preserves and wet stone flavors. This is another outstanding release by the talented Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen. Drink 2018-2028-92