One of the great boutique wine producers in Washington, Pearl and Stone was founded in 2013, and utilizes the winemaking prowess of Chris Stone, Rob Wesorick and Paul Ribary. The new wines are from the warm 2016 vintage and were outstanding across the board. The winery itself is located in the Snoqualmie Valley and source from some great vineyards in Washington including The Two Blondes, Olsen and Boushey Vineyards. The wines are also a really good value at around 30-40 dollars. The winery is open every Saturday for tastings.
The new releases were all really good across the board. A seriously good value, the 2016 Pearl and Stone ‘Mailbox Peak’ Red Wine (WWB, 92) delivers copious dark fruits and a silky texture. Just as good was the 2016 Pearl and Stone ‘Wandering’ Red Wine (WWB, 92) which had serious richness and a smoky character. Learn more about these great new wines at https://www.pearlandstonewine.com/ Here are the great new wines by Pearl and Stone.
2016 Pearl and Stone ‘Wandering’ Red Wine- The ‘Wandering’ is a blend of largely Merlot (58%) with lesser parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose takes on beautiful high-toned aromas of wet stone, sagebrush, rose water and black fruits. The palate shows a plush mouthfeel, showing mouth-watering acidity. Black tea, anise, blueberry compote and smoky undertoned flavors come to mind. As the label suggests, this is a downright delicious effort by Pearl and Stone. Drink 2018-2028- 92
2016 Pearl and Stone ‘Mailbox Peak’ Red Wine- The ‘Mailbox Peak’ by Pearl and Stone is a blend of largely Merlot and Cabernet Franc that begins with aromas of red cherry preserves, orange rind, toasty oak and black tea that build in the glass. The palate has a wonderfully silky texture and rich mouthfeel. Red and dark fruits dance with minerals on the palate. Downright delicious, this is best enjoyed over the next decade. Drink 2018-2028- 92
2016 Pearl and Stone ‘Boulder Loop’ Red Wine- The 2016 ‘Boulder Loop’ by Pearl and Stone, their GSM red wine sourced from the Yakima Valley, starts off with smoky tones with red currant jelly and red cherry candy with guava puree also enticing aromatically. The palate shows a really nice texture and light tannins. Black tea, red fruits and citrus tones entice. Drink 2018-2028- 91