Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Limited Release Jonté Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley, $20

chateau-ste-michelle-jonté-sauvignon-blanc-2014-bottleAs a Ste. Michelle employee, longtime Yakima Valley winemaker Katie Nelson spent several weeks working the 2014 harvest in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, and she produced this delicious small lot of Sauvignon Blanc for Chateau Ste. Michelle a few months after her return. (Nelson joined Charles Smith’s team last year). This stainless steel approach offers amazing and tantalizing aromas of gooseberry pie, orange oil, Fuji apple, lychee, fresh mint and a faint whiff of tomcat. There is dramatic tartness on the entry with Granny Smith apple and white peach flavors as gooseberry joins in. Fresh herbs add complexity, and its dry approach with the building of slatiness will quench your thirst and pair beautifully with oysters. These wines are available to club members, at the Woodinville tasting room and online.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 250 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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