Describing the flavors of Chardonnay is no easy task. While many Chardonnay wines have high aromatic complexity, this is usually due to winemaking techniques (particularly the use of oak) rather than the variety’s intrinsic qualities. This Chardonnay, is crisp and dry with aromas of lemon, and other citrus fruits. Refreshing with vibrant acidity, a round mouthfeel, and lingering nuances of apple & pear.
This well-balanced wine has typical aromas of violet with an emphasis on fruit, and comes from nine different vineyards of the Gamay varietal, which are located throughout the Moulin a Vent appellation. The refinement and richness of this wine is revealed by a soft wine making technique, maceration under CO2 and a six-month aging process in wooden vats and barrels.
Orig $23 Now $17
Pinot Grigio is the Italian name for Pinot Gris. Although the two names refer to a single grape variety, the former term has become strongly associated with lighter wines produced in great quantities, particularly in northern Italy. This wine is medium body with yellow straw color. The wine is fresh on the palate with citrus and floral notes and a hint of spice.
The king of red varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, is also king of Washington State. In this northwest corner of the USA, Cabernet Sauvignon reliably makes wines that combine great varietal character and value. Aromas of black cherry, red raspberry, and fresh-roasted coffee, with hints of spice. Soft, rich, and round in the mouth. Well-balanced with a lingering cherry and spice finish.
Bryan Babcock makes plenty of more expensive Pinot Noirs, but this appellation blend hits all the right notes and shows off the results of the “pedestular cane suspension” technique he’s been using in the vineyard. Wild thyme, sagebrush and bay leaf meet cranberry and slate aromas on the nose. Black raspberry and cranberry flavors lead the earthy palate, accented with nettle and peppercorn.
Orig $25 Now $18
Sauvignon Blanc is a white-wine grape from western France, now successfully grown in emerging and established wine regions all over the world. This is a soft wine whose herbal character is held in check by a smooth texture. It is bright and crisp, with plenty of citrus and gooseberry flavors as well as intense acidity.