Whenever I travel, I always keep an eye open for wineries in the area. Recently I visited the very southwestern corner of Washington State, around Aberdeen. I read in a tourist brochure about Westport Winery which was close by, a little south of Aberdeen, so dropped by. The winery tries to be a destination for more than just wine. They have a very nice restaurant with very good food (try their clam chowder and pan-fried oysters), as well as gardens surrounding the Tasting Room / Restaurant, which you can walk through. As you walk through the garden, the theme changes, e.g. a rock garden, maritime, etc. So it keeps your eyes visually stimulated.
As for the winery, they produce both grape-based wines, and fruit blends (e.g. Pear blended with Riesling). I only tried their grape-based wines; 2 white wines and 3 red wines. They do have an extensive list of 9 white wines, and 8 red wines produced by the winery. I did note that the owners do support many charities. In fact each wine, e.g. Surfer Syrah has it’s own charity associated with it. That is dedication! I did not have a chance to find out where all the grapes are being sourced from, I would say most are from somewhere in eastern Washington, which is warmer and can ripen many of the heat loving red grapes they use in their wines.
My Wine Notes
Fleur de Lis Pinot Gris 2013 – Light citrus and jasmine on the light. Dry, light body, with floral and stone fruit flavours. Nice mineral backbone. Medium plus acidity. Some apple flavour on the finish.
Elk River Riesling 2013 – Light mandarin orange aroma which carries on to the palate. Off-dry, medium body, with a soft mouthfeel. Some sweet spice and honey to go along with the mandarin orange flavour. A bit heavier, mouth filling, compared to the Pinot Gris.
Smoky Nor’wester 2012 – A blend of Sangiovese and Petite Sirah, this wine has aromas of raspberries. Medium plus body, dry with raspberry,cassis flavours up front, with dried cherries on the mid palate. Some spiciness too. Medium length.
Surfer Syrah 2012 – Meaty, sausage, dark fruit and black cherries on the nose, which I quite liked. It has a quite prominent minerality on the palate, together with meaty, cassis flavours. Fully body, and dry, with fine tannins. A very tasty wine with purple fruit and some mouth watering acidity on the finish.
Swimmer Petite Sirah 2012 – Quite smoky and brooding dark fruit nose. Medium body, smoky with some pepperiness. Medium plus acidity. A real manly wine!
I am not sure where you can purchase these wines, other than directly through the winery. They do have a Wine Club which you can join. Enjoy!
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