Standing Strong

Washington’s 2018 vintage delivers generous, structured reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah

Standing Strong
Christophe Baron of Cayuse made the top red in the 2018 vintage, which was marked by a very hot summer. (Andréa Johnson)
From the Oct 15, 2021, issue

If the 2018 vintage in Washington were a novel, it would be a page-turner until the final chapter. But despite a hot summer and other challenges, the state’s winemakers were rewarded, producing their best wines since the classic-rated 2012s. It wasn’t easy but that’s an increasingly familiar scenario as growers and winemakers are working harder to uphold quality as Washington's summers grow incrementally hotter. Get Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish’s full report and vintage rating for the state’s white and red wines, plus top quality and value picks among Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling and more.

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