A Weekend in Walla Walla
I just got back to Seattle tonight after spending a few days in one of my favorite places in Washington wine country: Walla Walla. During this trip, I was able to visit a number of wineries in the valley, including Isenhower, Saviah, Zerba, Otis Kenyon, Dunham, Mannina, Kontos, and Adamant.
Best of all was our dinner at Saffron last night, a wonderful restaurant that I will be covering in an upcoming post. This was our second visit to Saffron and it just blew us away again in terms of the food, wine, service, and setting. If you're planning a visit to Walla Walla anytime soon, be sure to make time for a dinner at Saffron.
Also, I will be posting about my winery experiences soon, but wanted to share some general takeaways while these visits are fresh in my mind. Overall, I was really pleased with the friendly staff and hospitality shown at each winery.
And it took a while for my palate to adjust to the full, ripe style of Walla Walla winemaking. Even after spitting all day, my mouth was pretty taxed from the red wines I sampled. I can't imagine sitting down to dozens of these wines to assess their quality as most critics do.
The most memorable wines were the 2007 wines that were poured, both whites and reds. I am really excited about this vintage for Washington state, as there are some terrific wines that have been released from various producers in the Walla Walla Valley.
Here's what I purchased as a result of my visits over the weekend (alphabetical order):
Dunham Cellars Riesling Lewis Estate Vineyard Columbia Valley (13.4%) - $26
Dunham Cellars XI Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley (13.4%) - $45
Cali 2006 Cab/Merlot/Syrah Walla Walla Valley (13.5%) - $17
Isenhower FOI 2007 Merlot Horse Heaven Hills (14.5%) - $24
Isenhower Road Less Traveled 2007 Cab Franc Wahluke Slope (14.5%) - $24
Isenhower Wild Alfalfa 2007 Syrah Columbia Valley (14.5%) - $24
LeeFeLooLee 2007 Gossamer White Columbia Valley (13.6%) - $22
Otis Kenyon 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley (14.3%) - $32
Saviah 2006 Malbec Walla Walla Valley (14.1%) - $30
Saviah 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley (14.1%) - $28
Zerba 2007 Semillon Columbia Valley (14.1%) - $18
Zerba 2006 Cab Franc Columbia Valley (13.6%) - $30
Zerba 2006 Syrah Columbia Valley (13.7%) - $30
Full Disclosure: I have in-laws and friends that are associated with Isenhower Cellars, therefore visit this winery regularly. As such, I will not be including them in my winery reviews. Please read my full disclosure statement for more details.