Amavi Cellars 2017 Estate Vineyards Sèmillon, Walla Walla Valley $24

By on March 9, 2019

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.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 978 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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