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WIT Cellars - Tasting Apr 2023

WIT Cellars ("We're In it Together") are led by the talent of winemakers Flint Nelson and Cat Warwick. Flint Nelson brings nearly 30 years of experience, including from Hogue, Columbia Winery, Kestrel. Cat was assistant winemaker at Kestrel under Flint. WIT has been around now for approximately 7 years, producing great wines by selecting from top growers in the state. WIT also has a second "Mazzacano" label, focused on more old-world styles, with Bordeaux, Rhone and Italian varietals.



2021 Rose 80% Syrah & 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley AVA. Beautiful pink gold color, with sweet watermelon and tropical fruit aromas. Fresh and crisp, mouth-watering bright grapefruit, well balanced acidity with round mouthfeel. $18. Score 92. 2021 Dry Riesling Evergreen Vineyard, Ancient Lakes AVA. Aromas of honey, white peach. The palate is grapefruit, with a smooth and full mouthfeel, and firmly structured. $18. Score 92. 2019 Syrah, Boushey Vineyard 7-10% Viognier. Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA. Dark cherries, leather, dry leaves and hint of smoke aromas. Bold, juicy, fruit forward dark fruits, currants and blackberries, with a touch of pepper. Broad and coating on the palate, well integrated tannins, with a smooth refined finish. $48. Score 93. 2020 Mourvedre Olsen Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA. Dark plum and earth nose. A juicy Mourvedre, fruit forward, bursting with concentrated plum, soft tannins, and toffee. Focused, smooth and round on the palate. Very approachable. $48. Score 91. 2018 L'armonia Painted Hills & Doebler Vineyards, Columbia Valley AVA. Dark cherries and plum nose with oak. Fruit forward, bursting with dark cherry, strawberry jam, currants, and plum, with notes of baking spice and vanilla. Big heavy body, with a full mouthfeel and long finish. Tannins are smooth slightly sticky. $63. Score 91. 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Painted Hills 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Painted Hills Vineyard, Columbia Valley AVA. Bold and fruit forward currant, dark cherries, blueberries, tobacco and sweet spice with a touch of heat, black pepper. Long finish with drying tannins. $53. Score 93. 2018 Mazzacano Cabernet Franc Olsen Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA. Dark stewed fruit with savory herb aromas, tomatoes. On the palate, is flowing and seamless, with juicy blueberries, sweet spices. Long finish with drying tannins. $53. Score 90. 2018 Petit Verdot Olsen Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA. Dark fruits up front, then with coffee and toasted oak, and chalky grippy tannins with a lengthy finish. $53. Score 91.


WIT offers great fruit forward Washington wines. I appreciate the extra time in the bottle before release. I particularly enjoyed their 2021 Rose, at an amazing price point, as well as their 2019 Boushey Vineyard Syrah. I also enjoyed the 2018 Painted Hills Cabernet Sauvignon. I didn't get a chance to try the Elephant Mountain and Olsen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, but was convinced the Elephant Mountain would be a safe bet to purchase, which I did!

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