Henry Earl Estates 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Red Mountain, $25

By on August 1, 2018

henry earl estates sauvignon blanc nv bottle - Henry Earl Estates 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Red Mountain, $25Henry Shaw’s son and Earl West’s daughter farm much of the southeast and northwest corners of Red Mountain, arguably Washington state’s most prized vineyard land, and Sauvignon Blanc is the only white grape Dick and Wendy Shaw grow at Quintessence Vineyards. (Wineries who buy these white Bordeaux grapes include Fidelitas, Guardian and JM Cellars.) This release from third-leaf fruit represents eight barrels of juice the Shaws kept for themselves, and it offers grassy and tropical aromas that include a slice of gooseberry pie. A touch of the barrel fermentation that is revealed on the palate, a luscious entry that carries hints of lemongrass, mint, orange zest and baked bread. Great acidity and a touch of brininess in the finish. These wines are poured on Main Street in Walla Walla inside the historic and eclectic Kennedy Building.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 192 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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