A year ago, Jessica Munnell’s aromatic Sauvignon Blanc emerged as best of class at the Cascadia International. This summer, she turned young plantings of Albariño managed by business partner Tom Merkle into one of our judging’s most distinctive and delicious entries. The fruit source was JMST Vineyard, which is just west of Wautoma Spring’s namesake vines and near historic Cold Creek Vineyard. Merkle and his fellow investors in JMST opted to graft Chardonnay over to Albariño, and 2021 was the first vintage of that project. Those who enjoy Sauvignon Blanc should enjoy this, which opens with fascinating aromas of gooseberry, lime and honeysuckle that make their way onto the citrusy palate. The succulent bone-dry close requires another sip.
Gold medal — 92 points
Production: 137 cases