San Juan Vineyards 2012 Estate Madeleine Angevine, Puget Sound, $17

By on September 5, 2013

san-juan-vineyards-madeleine-angevine-2012-labelA fascinating white variety, Madeleine Angevine is a cross of Madeleine Royale and Precoce de Malingre. It’s also a parent to Siegerebbe, and one reason both “Mad Ange” and Siegerrebe excel near Friday Harbor is because of the cool climate. For example, when it reaches into the mid-80s in Seattle, the temperature in Friday Harbor often will just touch 70 degrees. The nose of gooseberry, lime peel, honeydew melon, sea air and tomcat could be mistaken for a Sauvignon Blanc. Its bone-dry flavor profile is dominated by fresh-squeezed lime juice and gooseberries. The zingy acidity and fresh-cut celery note make this ideal for seared scallops with butter. There are less than 3 acres planted near the winery, and it’s among the most popular wines that Chris Primus makes for Yvonne Swanberg. While sold out at the winery, their wines are distributed throughout the Northwest.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 204 cases

Alcohol: 12.1%

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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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