Cloudlift Cellars 2011 Updraft, Columbia Valley, $18

By on July 23, 2013

cloudlift-cellars-updraft-logoTom Stangeland’s craftsmanship as a Seattle-based furniture designer shows in the tiny lots he releases from his Georgetown boutique winery. From “Release Two” comes a white Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc (64%) and Semillon from Bacchus and Dionysus vineyards overlooking the Columbia River north of Pasco, Wash. Gooseberry, lime and tomcat notes signal the presence of the Sauvignon Blanc, backed by pleasing lemon, nectarine and honeysuckle. Gooseberry and lime ply their way between the lip. Its seven months in oak shows with some creaminess on the midpalate, but it finishes cleanly with crispness. Suggested fare includes roasted chicken or grilled pork chops, and Cloudlift is available in the Puget Sound through Esquin, Total Wine & More and Wine World.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 95 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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