Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Limited Release Cold Fiddle White Blend, Columbia Valley, $11

By on August 29, 2014

chateau-ste-michelle-cold-fiddle-white-blend-bottle-2013Best Buy! White wine specialist Wendy Stuckey does a masterful job with this new, wide-ranging and dry blend of Riesling (39%), Semillon (30%), Gewürztraminer (19%), Viognier (10%) and Chenin Blanc. The Riesling pops up early in the nose, which hints at jasmine green tea, apple blossom, pear, apple, gooseberry and mint. Unexpected acidity bursts onto the palate with Granny Smith apple, Asian pear and lemon/lime flavors, followed by a lick of lavender sorbet and finished with a dusting of white pepper and slate. Atop sits the screwcap enclosure that’s another thumbprint of Stuckey’s touch with this bottling, inspired by the summer concert series.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 3,000 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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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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