5 Popular Northwest Red Wines

You’ll find lots of blogs, articles, newsletters and other media that will tell you the author’s favorite wines. This post will bring you something a bit different. I’ve looked at the sales (in number of bottles sold) of Pacific Northwest wines over the past 6 months at my store, Taste of Wine. Sure, there a a lot of wines from the Pacific Northwest and we don’t carry them all. But at least you know these wines were enjoyed by quite a few people.

Here is a list of the five most popular red wines from Washington and Oregon wineries starting with the 5th most popular. I’ve included the same description we give our customers. Find some of these wines and check them out for yourself!

#5. Abacela 2006 Tempranillo Estate, Roseburg, Oregon, $37

Drink with a fork! Black fruit, plum, earth, and oak leap from the glass. Complex spices, flint, and pepper coat the tongue to deliver chewy tannin, leather, and tobacco. Lingering finish.  Red meats and strong cheeses will beg for more.

#4. Elk Cove 2007 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Oregon, $29

This opens up with a lovely, expressive nose laden with cherry blossom, plum, vanilla, and butterscotch.  The core of sweet raspberry and cherry holds steady into a moderately tannic finish.  A rich, silky Pinot that’s easy on the wallet too! (90 points, Wine Enthusiast)

#3. Anam Cara 2006 Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem, Oregon, $34

Elegant and full bodied with soft tannins. On the nose are hazelnuts, milk chocolate and warm black fruits. Ripe plum and black raspberries emerge on the palate. Sounds like the produce of Oregon, doesn’t it?

#2. Velocity Cellars 2006 Velo, Rogue Valley, Oregon, $18

Bright, sophisticated aromas of plum and black cherry play off fresh raspberries with notes of cocoa, vanilla, and baking spices. Generous palate: dark, rich, and smooth. Finishes with lively fruit and a food-friendly structure that invites another sip.

And #1. Waters 2007 Interlude, Walla Walla, Washington, $28

With aromas of herbs, cedar, and bittersweet chocolate, what’s not to like? Medium-bodied palate of cherries and currants gives way to a generous finish with a hint of smoke and minerals. Find a complex dish to serve with this complex wine.

Stay tuned for the 5 most popular white wines from the Pacific Northwest in a future post.


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  1. #1 by Linda Milks and John Kraxberger - April 3rd, 2009 at 14:42

    We love the Waters! It is very complex!

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