The inspiration for Rob Mellison to enter the wine industry and launch it from Lake Chelan came from his business trips to Italy. Only recently has he begun producing Prosecco-style sparkling wines, which feature his wife, Donna, on the label during his days as a fashion model. This young effort is a multiple vintage of Chardonnay from the Ancient Lakes. It’s an exceptional example as the delicate yet persistent mousse pushes out aromas of bubble gum, guava and pink grapefruit. “It just smells fun, and I could drink it all day long,” remarked one judge. Award: Bellingham NW Wine Festival (gold).
Rating: Double Platinum, 96 points
Production: 124 cases