Appellation: Umpqua Valley
Fanfare for this Iberian white continues to grow along the West Coast, as does winemaker Andrew Wenzl’s production. Since 2006, they’ve tripled the bottlings from their Fault Line Vineyards, which were picked for this wine during the third week of September last year. It’s been in bottle for three months, so it’s beginning to really shine in time for summertime fare. Clean and bright aromas offer hints of fresh-cut Gala apple, Rainier cherry, quince paste, orange zest and sweet herbs. Bracing acidity arrives early and stays late, bring succulent flavors of Asian pear, Granny Smith apple, lime zest, river rock and lemon peel. Rated "Outstanding!" by Great Northwest Wine (13.2 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 1,758
Food pairings: This is an ideal wine for crab or scallops.
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