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Marie-Eve Weighs In on 2011 Harvest with Bellingham Herald's Dan Radil

"Despite the bizarre weather, the consensus among winemakers seems to be optimistic about this strange yet potentially wonderful vintage...Marie-Eve Gilla says to expect some very Euro-centric wines. 'White wines will likely be especially lush ... with the gentle temperatures allowing for the nuanced flavors to come through.' "

Dan Radil, The Bellingham Herald, January 3, 2012

Excerpt from Dan Radil's "2011 grape harvest in Washington holds promise of subtle, food-friendly wines," for The Bellingham Herald. To read the article in it's entirety, click here.

"...The story behind 2011 starts in November 2010, when an early frost in some vineyards damaged buds that were to be 2011's harvest. Then Eastern Washington experienced another cool, wet spring that resulted in an incredibly late bud break and an equally belated harvest, three to four 4 weeks later than normal, in some areas.

"Despite the bizarre weather, the consensus among winemakers seems to be optimistic about this strange yet potentially wonderful vintage. Here's what a few are saying:

"...Forgeron Cellars' Marie-Eve Gilla says to expect some very Euro-centric wines. "White wines will likely be especially lush ... with the gentle temperatures allowing for the nuanced flavors to come through."

"The overall forecast for 2011 wines: Lower yields, great acidity, likely lower alcohol levels, and subtle fruit flavors with more emphasis on varietal-specific characteristics, such as pepper, smoke, herbs and spices.

"If this sounds as if Washington wines are transforming into something more closely resembling their European/Old World-style counterparts, you would be correct. That means we can expect less fruit and alcohol bombs and more food-friendly wines from Washington wineries on the horizon ... a good thing by many wine enthusiast's standards.

"...one thing is certain, the 2011 vintage, with all of its challenges, will certainly test the skills of the state's winemakers.

"The pretenders will be separated from the contenders as Washington wines make their way to consumers, who ultimately have the final word."