Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2013 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Shepherds Mark, Horse Heaven Hills, $24

By on March 5, 2015

Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2013 Shepherd's Mark labelEarly on, Horse Heaven Hills “dirt farmer” Jarrod Boyle and his charming wife, Ali (aka Alexandria), embraced this white Rhône blend from their 327-acre site to help them build the growing empire that is now ANC. Each year, Shepherds Mark is a crowd-pleaser, and this edition comes with an equation of Roussanne (60%), Marsanne (30%) and Viognier. Its tropical, fruit-forward aromatics hint at lychee, mango and pineapple, and the drink is beautiful with the addition of rosewater and clove. There’s a backing of remarkable pink grapefruit acidity, giving it an exquisite balance not often found in white Rhône varieties. It earned a gold medal and best of class at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 613 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%

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  1. Suzanne says:

    Is this 2013 shepherds mark wine best served cold?

    • Greetings, Suzanne.
      This delicious wine came up during dinner conversation tonight with a Yakima Valley winemaker who also admires it. I would serve the ANC Shepherds Mark around 52-55 degrees. As it approaches room temperature, the tropical aromatics will continue to build.

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