Baker’s dozen of sassy Sauvignon Blancs from Washington

By on November 3, 2013
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Purple Star Wines 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $8

purple-star-wines-sauvignon-blanc-2011-labelBest Buy! Kyle and Amy Johnson dedicate 15 percent of the proceeds from their new label to Seattle Children’s Hospital for helping the cause of uncompensated care, which explains the support they’ve received for their wines, including this bright and crisp Sauv Blanc from Outlook Vineyard. Enticing aromas of dusty Red Delicious apple, orange yogurt, honeydew melon and lime turn into more complexity on the palate. Lemon and grassy notes are joined by orange Creamsicle, Asian pear and pineapple flavors with a bit of fresh caramel in the finish — a sign of the three months spent on the lees.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 392 cases

Alcohol: 12.9%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of “The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer’s Handbook” (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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