Basalt Cellars 2013 Changeup Sèmillon, Columbia Valley, $18

By on June 15, 2015

Basalt Cellars 2013 Changeup Semillon labelIt’s uncommon to see this white Bordeaux in the Pacific Northwest offered at this level of sweetness, so Lewiston-Clarkston Valley winemaker Rick Wasem does throw a changeup with this rather off-dry offering of Sèmillon from Dionysus north of Pasco, Wash. It begins with a greenish tint, and the wind-up starts with aromas of Key Lime pie, Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum, apricot, peach and a lemon/lime Popsicle. The delivery to the palate makes this quite a quaffer with flavors that include Juicy Fruit Gum and spearmint. There’s a fair bit of sweetness at nearly 3% residual sugar, yet there’s a decent amount of Mandarin Orange acidity which leads to a finish of peach and grassiness.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 103 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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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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