Pend d’Oreille Winery 2014 Albariño, Washington, $19

By on August 12, 2015

pend-d-oreille-winery-lake-logoStephen Meyer has been making wine in Sandpoint, Idaho, with Washington fruit for two decades, but this variety that’s native to the Iberian Peninsula is new to his portfolio. The harvest from Crawford Vineyard on the outskirts of Prosser in the Yakima Valley came on Sept. 25 when the grapes hit 24 Brix with a rather high pH of 3.52 — a byproduct of the historically hot vintage. As a result, this version leans a bit off-dry with aromas and flavors of white peach, starfruit, lemon/lime Gatorade and dusty minerality. It’s presented in a more plush, ripe and rich fashion that’s a crowd-pleaser.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 188 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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