Newhouse Family Vineyards 2013 Cottontop Aligoté, Snipes Mountain, $36

By on January 28, 2015

newhouse-family-vineyards-cottontop-aligote-2013-labelAlfred and Pauline Newhouse first planted Aligoté on Snipes Mountain in 1968, five decades after William Bridgman started growing wine grapes on this historic site in the Yakima Valley. The aromatic variety was replanted in 1979 partly because it was such a favorite of Pauline’s, who grew up as a tomboy with the nickname of “Cottontop.” Her grandson/vineyard manager Todd, partners with talented winemaker Ron Bunnell on this fascinating tribute. There’s significant investment in these oak barrels, French (67%), which accents rather than distracts the tropical nose of dragonfruit, jasmine blossom, pear, clove and brioche. The drink is reminiscent of lemon custard and Golden Delicious apple, backed by minerally notes and baking spice. These wines are available through Wine O’Clock Wine Bar in Prosser, the BNU Tasting Room — which features the Bunnell, Newhouse and Upland brands in Woodinville’s Warehouse District — and online.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 105 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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