Sparkman Cellars 2015 Apparition White Wine, Yakima Valley, $24

By on May 24, 2017

Two of Christian Sparkman’s favorite higher-elevation sites for whites — Olsen Brothers (Roussanne) and Boushey (Grenache Blanc and Marsanne) come together in this tribute to Côtes du Rhône Villages. The Roussanne (60%) came off Olsen on Sept. 9, nearly a month before Dick Boushey plucked the others, and all lots spend eight months on the lees in neutral oak with weekly stirring for half that time. That set the table for a nose of caramel apple, alder-smoked almond and lime peel. It is backed up by a round entry of  Bosc pear followed by lemon, slate and fresh-cut celery. It will be easy to enjoy as an aperitif with mussels, white fish, foie gras or a fruit salad.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 226 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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