Maison de Padgett NV The Smoking Gun Coffee Port, Washington, $20

By on May 10, 2015

maison-de-padgett-winery-smoking-gun-coffee-portOne of the under-appreciated treasures of the Pacific Northwest wine industry are the dessert bottlings by Yakima Valley vintner David Padgett, and this might be his example year in and year out. It offers glorious aromas of coffee beans with vanilla, fresh caramel corn and hazelnut cream. There’s match on the palate with huge and delicious flavors. It enters the palate with a creamy approach and flavors of toffee join in and continue to linger, backed by a flash of heat in the finish. While he lists the residual sugar as “lots,” he traditionally allows it to hover around 15%. It’s a stunning achievement and walked off with the award for best fortified wine at the 2015 Capital Food and Wine Festival Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 210 cases

Alcohol: 19.2%

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