Garofalo Family Winery 2011 Les Collines Vineyard Semillon, Walla Walla Valley, $14

By on April 29, 2014

garBest Buy! Young winemaker Chad Garofalo recently launched his Walla Walla Valley winery with a series of approachable and affordable wines from stalwart Les Collines Vineyard, and his Semillon is a great introduction. It opens with mouthwatering aromas of melon, Asian pear, Granny Smith apple and lemon curd. Flavors dance between cantaloupe and honeydew melon, lime and apple amid a structure that’s tart yet rounded. It finishes with a slice of nectarine and hints of minerality which give it the profile to pair with seared scallops, but it can stand alone, too. One judge commented, “Semillon would be more popular in the Northwest if it were made like this.” And that was before the price was revealed.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 12.8%

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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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