San Juan Vineyards 2016 Estate Madeleine Angevine, Puget Sound, $18

by | Dec 29, 2017 | Latest wine reviews, Washington | 0 comments

Madeleine Angevine, a grape developed in France’s maritime-influenced Loire Valley, makes up 3 of the 5 acres of 20-year-old vineyard planted across Yvonne Swanberg’s property near Friday Harbor. The cross of Madeleine Royale and Précoce de Malingre seems a bit more finicky than Siegerrebe, and its restrained nature and natural acidity makes it a natural for seafood. The harvest of Oct. 8 at 20 Brix and a 100 percent stainless steel ferment creates aromas of starfruit, Asian pear and divinity are joined by a sense of salinity. What follows are flavors of Golden Delicious apple and nectarine, capped by the juice and pulp of Mandarin orange. Finished dry, it’s viewed an ideal — and indigenous — oyster wine.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 460 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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