When it comes to wines and to prestigious wine regions, Washington has certainly done itself proud.
The state’s latest recognition is the nomination of Red Mountain Appellation as Wine Enthusiast magazine’s wine region of the year. Other 2014 nominees include Champagne, Chianti, New York State and Sonoma, Calif., pretty impressive company by anyone’s standards. The winner will be announced in the magazine’s Dec. 31 issue.
If you’re familiar with Washington wine, then you’re familiar with Red Mountain, which is located about 15 miles west of the Tri-Cities. Its unique climate and soil conditions have made it ideal for growing wine grapes, especially such red varietals as cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah.
I recently had the pleasure of tasting some of Long’s price-worthy current releases, and all of them are outstanding. Here are my tasting notes:
Obelisco Estate wines have just become available in Whatcom County through local distribution. If you don’t see them in your favorite wine shop or grocery store, ask if they can be ordered for you.
In addition, the winery has a tasting room in Woodinville that is currently open noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, and Monday through Friday by appointment. For complete information and online purchases, go to obelisco.com.