Coral Wines 2013 White Wine, Columbia Valley, $20

By on July 27, 2015

coral-wines-white-wine-nv-bottleMaison Bleue winemaker Jon Meuret created this bottling for Seattle sommelier Christopher Chan that’s a blend of four white Rhone grapes — Marsanne (37%), Viognier (27%), Grenache Blanc (24%) and Roussanne from Boushey, Olsen and Arthur’s vineyards. Lees stirring in neutral French oak doesn’t get in the way of the fruit, but rather it develops aromas of cotton candy, lemon curd, dried apricot, papaya and spearmint. That barrel program makes for an enjoyable texture of flannel with an underlying push of acidity that plays well with delicious tropical fruit flavors, Golden Delicious apple and grassiness. These wines are available online via fellow somm Yashar Shayan’s, Georgtown’s Full Pull Wines and other brick-and-mortar wine merchants such as Downtown Spirits and Esquin, PCC Natural Markets in Fremont and Greenlake, and on wine lists as Salty’s on Alki and Whitehouse Crawford in Walla Walla.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 410 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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