ancient lakes – hidden treasures

Friday, April 29, 2011

Here are highlights from my recent tasting tour of the Ancient Lakes. I've posted links to each winery's website so you may see the full slate of offerings.

Crayelle Cellars 2009 Dry Riesling; $15
The winery motto is "Balance • Character • Longevity" and this shows every indication of having all three. Tart and racy in an Australian style, with lemon/lime fruit wrapped in dry minerals. Juicy and fragrant.

Jones of Washington 2010 Sauvignon Blanc; $15
Honeysuckle scents and ripe, fresh fruit flavors run from grapefruit on into tropical. This was fermented in Hungarian puncheons, picking up just a hint of toast along the way. Clean and quite delicious.

Cave B 2009 Viognier; $20
Estate-grown and 100% varietal. I have rarely had a Viognier this delicious with a meal. Orange blossoms and tangerine highlights accompanied a spectacular beet/goat cheese salad from chef Bear Ullman at Cave B's Tendrils restaurant. A yum-a-thon all the way.

Saint Laurent 2008 Lucky White; $12
This pleasant blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling has the flesh, the fruit and the bracing acidity to be a fine summer sipper. Peaches and herb (say, weren't they a singing duo?) dominate, with a fresh, fleshy finish.

Ryan Patrick 2008 Reserve Chardonnay; $18
The fruit shines here, with flavors running from apples to bananas, and a pleasant wash of toast running into the finish. Broad, accessible, and well-priced.

White Heron 2008 Dry Rosé; $10
The color of this Syrah-based rosé is a bright copper. it is bone dry, with a slightly sour aftertaste. If you enjoy French rosés with a little bottle age, this is the wine for you.

Crayelle Cellars
Jones of Washington
Cave B
Saint Laurent
Ryan Patrick
White Heron

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