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The Woodinville Winers visit Obelisco Estate

  • Written by Mike McClure and Terry Morse
Obelisco Estate (www.obelisco-estate.com) is located in the North Warehouse District of Woodinville and is in the heart of Area 2 of “The Woodinville Warehouse Wineries” (www.woodwarewine.com).  Area 2 is home to over 30 wineries in just one Industrial Park, which also now boasts a new distillery.  The address of the Industrial Park is 19500 144th NE.  Basically, you turn north onto 144th NE Woodinville Way and after 300 yards look for winery signs on the left.

If you see signs for Area 51, you are in the wrong state, turn around and come back to Woodinville!

The warehouse wineries have special events all the time, so check out the website before you go.While many of the Warehouse wineries produce their wines onsite, Obelisco’s wines are produced at their winery just outside of the Tri-Cities area.

The Woodinville location is primarily a tasting room designed to showcase their wines. Walking into it was inviting from the minute we stepped in the door.  It was getting late in the day but the staff behind the tasting bar was as pleasant and upbeat about their wines as if we were the first tasters of the day.

The tasting room, which opened about a year and a half ago, has warm colors and is inviting.  There is a larger room at the back of the tasting room with a large table in the middle that is used for winemaker’s dinners and other events.

It was a pleasant surprise to be greeted by Bob Farnus, the best elementary school teacher my kids have ever had (5th grade at Wellington).  Bob, now retired, can often be spotted pouring wine at Obelisco Estate. He says he was lured to Obelisco by their incredible Red Mountain wines, but what keeps him engaged is working with great people and staying connected to families and former students from the Northshore community.

Bob is clearly passionate about education and told us the Obelisco story as he introduced us to their wines.

Bob introduced us to Doug Long, the owner, who is a 40-year industry veteran as a grower and winemaker out of Napa Valley.  In fact Doug was temporarily retired from the wine business when he first moved to Seattle but just couldn’t seem to stay away.

His two brothers continue to own two other wineries in Napa Valley under the label of David Arthur Vineyards and Montagna respectively.

Doug got educated in Washington wines and ended up starting his vineyard and winery located in one of the top grape growing regions of Washington, Red Mountain.  Obelisco Estate had their first release in 2007.

As suspected, the wines we tasted were awesome. They offer several wines to try, a Syrah, Estate Malbec (which is exceptionally good), a 2008 and 2009 Estate Reserve Merlot (both of which reminded us why Washington Merlots are so good), a 2009 Cab., and the 2009 Electrum (which won double golds at both San Francisco and Seattle competitions).  In fact, most Obelisco wines have won numerous awards in different competitions.

Based on this tasting, Malbec may be our new favorite Washington grape – at least for this week.Obelisco wines run between $30 and $65. The tasting costs $10 and was well worth it. The cost is applied toward any bottle purchased, which we did.

There is no doubt in our minds that this winery is one of the up and comers of Washington state.

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