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Wine writer’s Top 50 Wines for 2016 from The Seattle Times

Nov 18, 2015

Andy Perdue published the Top 50 wine list for The Seattle Times spotlighting 50 wines from 50 wineries, tasted under blind conditions. Out of his favorite wines this year, Maryhill's 2013 Proprietor's Reserve Serendipity found a spot on the list. 

The Top 50 Wines of 2016

From the thousands of contenders he tasted this year, Andy Perdue ranks the standouts, many of which sell for less than $30 a bottle.

By Andy Perdue

Special to The Seattle Times


THROUGH THE COURSE of 2016, I’ve tasted thousands of wines from throughout the Pacific Northwest (and around the globe, for that matter).

Knowing I’ll be producing this year-end list, I think about wines that really stand out. I tasted the No. 4 and 5 wines on this year’s list in the first quarter, and each stood out in my mind for the entire year, both for their clarity as well as purity of fruit.

Looking through this list, it comes to mind that I’m particularly fascinated with a couple of grape varieties being produced in the Northwest, particularly malbec (six examples made my top 50) and petite sirah (three examples).

I also wanted to keep in mind value as I compiled this list, so nearly half of the wines retail for $30 or less. While there are several priced at $50 or higher (including the top two), producing great wines costs money — for great grapes, the proper equipment, etc.

This year’s No. 1 wine comes from Long Shadows, the international collaboration between Washington and several of the world’s top winemakers. This particular merlot resonated with me the several times I tasted it, and that earned it my top spot.

You might look over this list and ask yourself why several obvious top wineries are missing. It’s as simple as this: I base this on the wines I taste under blind conditions, meaning I know neither the producer nor the price during the evaluation process. Some producers choose not to submit their wines and, well, I cannot recommend them if I haven’t tasted them.

Without further ado, here are my top 50 wines from 2016:

43. Maryhill Winery 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Serendipity red wine, Columbia Valley, $36: Here’s a cab-heavy red blend that reveals purity of fruit and underlying muscularity.

Andy Perdue is a wine author, journalist and international judge. Learn more about wine at


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