Smasne Cellars 2011 Upland Vineyard Aligoté, Snipes Mountain, $18

By on July 2, 2013

Washington wineAligoté is a rare white grape variety that is grown primarily in Burgundy, where it is made into a varietal wine and also is used to make the popular French cocktail kir (blended with crème de cassis). One of the few places outside of Europe were it is grown is in Washington state – and only in tiny amounts. This is a yummy example using grapes from the central Yakima Valley. It opens with aromas of dusty apple, lime zest and Brie, followed by flavors of melon, grapefruit, sweet herbs and lemon. It is backed with bright acidity and delicious roundness. We would pair this with grilled halibut topped with a mango salsa.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 65 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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