Creativity & Passion Equals Amazing New Sips
By Chris Nishiwaki
W.T. Vintners: Get somm!
Jeffrey Lindsay-Thorsen honed his palate as a sommelier at some of the region’s best restaurants, including Café Juanita, Wild Ginger and the now defunct Cascadia. Currently, he’s the wine director at RN74 in Downtown Seattle. In his spare time, the father of two-year-old fraternal twins, makes elegant wines evocative of their origins at W.T. Vintners, along with the father and son team of George White, Sr. and George White, Jr.
All of W.T. Vintners wines are single varietal and single vineyard, meaning each wine is made up of a single grape varietal coming from a single vineyard source. Total production is about 300 cases. Lindsay-Thorsen said he wants to grow production to about 2,000 cases by 2016.
The 2010 Gorgeous Syrah ($24) made with fruit from Destiny Ridge in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA was released in the fall. In March he will release the 2010 Damavian Syrah ($38) Les Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla and the 2012 Grüner Veltliner ($16) Underwood Mountain, Columbia Gorge AVA. All wines can be ordered from their website, www.wtvintners.com.
Lindsay-Thorsen uses no new oak, doesn’t filter or fine his wines to retain the purity and natural expression of the varietal and each vineyard site.
“The concept is to make wines to be drunk and enjoyed that are a reflection of the places where they are grown,” Lindsay-Thorsen said. “I am totally committed to find the best vineyards and allowing them to express themselves. I have something to say about what I want the wines to be but what the vineyard has to say is more important.”
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