Underscoring Precept Wine’s growth, versatility and consistency in over-delivering quality for the price, The Dec. 31, 2015 Wine Spectator made a strong case for the company through several placements in the issue’s feature sections.
- The Savvy Shopper, pg. 44– Browne 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (90 points!) got a nod in the “Star Turn” section on Washington whites and reds.
- Top 100 Values of 2015 (Great wines for $20 or less), pg. 91 – Gruet NV Sauvage (88 pts) made the list, just one of eight sparklers to make the 100 values!
- The State of Washington feature (pg. 103) includes mentions of affordable Canoe Ridge Vineyard and Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon “which produce outstanding versions for less than $25,” gives a paragraph on the nuances of Washington Malbec (of which Waterbrook is one of the state’s top Malbec producers), shows a photo and caption of the Waterbrook tasting room, and praises the Waterbrook 2013 Reserve Chardonnay. Editor Harvey Steiman wraps the story with this: “Second only to California in total production volume among US states, Washington remains ahead of the pack in terms of making outstanding wines at affordable prices. As the range of options from the state keeps widening, the best bottles are becoming ever more distinctive. Washington wine is still gaining momentum.”
- Harvey Steiman’s Recommended Wines from Washington (pg. 110) also listed Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (90 pts) – Top Values
- In Spectator Selections under Best Values, pg. 160 – House Wine’s 2014 FISH HOUSE Sauvignon Blanc (88 pts)
And in the New Releases for Oregon and Washington, there were 11 reviews of Precept Wine’s releases, including these highlights:
• Browne 2014 Sauvignon Blanc – 90 pts
• Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012 Limited Edition Syrah – 90 pts
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