Baker’s dozen of sassy Sauvignon Blancs from Washington

By on November 3, 2013
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College Cellars 2012 Clarke Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Walla Walla Valley, $12

College Cellars is the teaching winery at Walla Walla Community College.Best Buy! The vineyard source for this wine is one of the teaching vineyards for Walla Walla Community College, and it is at the Walla Walla Regional Airport, less than five minutes’ drive from the college. Vineyard instructor Jeff Popick and winemaker Tim Donahue lead the students in growing the grapes and making the wines, and this Sauvignon Blanc is terrific – and at a great price. It opens with huge aromas of freshly sliced lime, a hint of gooseberry, Asian pear and apple. On the palate, it reveals crisp flavors of minerality, lime, Granny Smith apple and cotton candy. This is a perfect wine to enjoy with pan-seared scallops tossed with linguine and a light butter sauce.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 137 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%


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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