Lopez Island Vineyards & Winery 2017 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound, $25

By on November 4, 2018

German researcher Georg Scheu is credited with overseeing the crossing of Madeleine Angevine with Gewürztraminer in 1929. Five decades later, Washington state became home to the first plantings in the U.S. of Siegerrebe (see-gar-RAY-buh). Puget Sound producer Brent Charnley continues to champion the fascinating cool-climate grape, and he uses the International Riesling Foundation’s Tasting Profile Scale on the bottle to let consumers know that it scales to the medium-dry side. That’s helpful because upon first whiff one might believe the wine would be tropical and sweet. Rather, it’s lovely yet dry. Aromas of Kern’s Apricot Nectar, peach candy and lychee follow through on the palate, which is fascinating, fruity and but far from sweet, thanks to a finish of lime. Enjoy with Asian fare such as sushi and light curries. Look for these wines at select farmers’ markets near the Salish Sea and PCC markets.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 210 cases

Alcohol: 11%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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