There are few in the Northwest who attempt varietal bottlings of this white Bordeaux often blended with Sauvignon Blanc, but Jean-François Pellet burnishes his reputation with Sèmillon. (He also crafts a stellar Sauvignon Blanc.) He pulled from three sustainably farmed estate vineyards, nearby Les Collines (62%), Goff (20%) and Seven Hills, and there is some influence of Sauvignon Blanc (15%). His deft touch with 100% neutral French oak is underlying and inviting, starting in the nose of vanilla cream and butterscotch with fresh fig, apricot and lemongrass. That barrel aging builds a remarkable mouth feel that ranges from moist yet dried apricot and more fig to lemon curd and a nibble of peach skin. Suggested pairings include summer salads, grilled asparagus and grilled seafood.
Production: 978 cases
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