It makes sense for Richard Batchelor to produce one of the Northwest’s leading examples of Sauvignon Blanc, considering he’s a native of New Zealand and received two degrees from Lincoln University near Christchurch. His approach with prized Tudor Hills grapes from the Yakima Valley is straightforward — limited to stainless steel fermentation. There’s a ripe angle to the aromas of this Sauv Blanc, starting with hints of Pineapple Upsidedown cake, apricot, golden raspberry and fresh jasmine. It’s rather succulent on the palate as dried pineapple and dried apricot lead into a boost of honeydew melon and a tantalizing finish of lingering Rose’s Lime Juice. Earlier this year, this bottling earned a gold medal at the 2023 Cascadia International Wine Competition.
Rating: Outstanding! — 90 points
Production: 3,104 cases