Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Limited Release Sémillon, Horse Heaven Hills, $24

By on June 15, 2016

chateau-ste-michelle-sémillon-2014-bottleThere are some spectacular expressions of this white Bordeaux grape in Washington, including this delicious parting gift from white winemaker Wendy Stuckey as she prepared for her return to Australia. While most of this Sèmillon was fermented in stainless steel, 30 percent was aged on the lees in neutral oak for five months. That combination leads to charming aromas of lemon chiffon, fresh-cut Bosc pear, Jordanian fig, orange oil and sweet herbs. There’s remarkable acidity on the entry that brings with it a blend of tropical fruit, Granny Smith apple and Uncola flavors. The balance is beautiful with a long finish of lime juice. While the 2015 vintage is on its way to consumers, it’s difficult to imagine it showing as nicely as the 2014 vintage is right now.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 850 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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