A case for Thanksgiving wine

By on November 17, 2013

Patterson Cellars 2012 Semillon, Columbia Valley, $23

patterson-cellars-wide-logoThis white Bordeaux variety often is overlooked in the Pacific Northwest, but John Patterson in the Woodinville Warehouse District has produced one of the region’s top example. Charming oak aromas bring up hints of browned butter, baked apple pie, apricot and lemon. There’s richness on the entry with lemon curd and pineapple flavors swirling within a creamy midpalate that’s finished with a sheen of lemon oil. It’s profile is akin to a lightly oaked Chardonnay, so enjoy with roast chicken rubbed with herbs de Provence or poached salmon.

Rating: Outstanding!

Pairings: This suave white is great with the white turkey meat, creamed onions and stuffing (especially oyster stuffing).

Production: 37 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%


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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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