Washington Wine of the Week – Selections for Fall, 2017
For the week of October 8, 2017: Siren Song Wines 2016 “Spanish Dancer” Albarino – Many Chelan wineries are going upscale and selling the “experience” of the area’s natural beauty and tasting room amenities to complement their quality wines. Siren Song is one of those wineries, and Holly and Kevin Brown have done an amazing job of providing a first-class facility with wines to match. This stunning Albarino is packed with honeydew melon and tangerine aromatics and flavors that lead to a crisp finish with bracing acidity and a touch of orange zest. A pleasure to taste and worth searching out for anyone visiting the Lake Chelan AVA.
For the week of October 1, 2017: Nefarious Cellars 2016 Viognier – Heather and Dean Neff are practically “old timers” as far as Chelan wineries are concerned. They’ve been around longer than most, and this selection from their estate planted Defiance Vineyard shows that things truly get better with age. This wine displays the aromas and flavors of peach and nectarine you’d expect from a Viognier, but the finish has more of an edgier quality to it, with crisp ruby red grapefruit and a touch of minerality. It’s a nice, refreshing alternative to bigger, rounder Washington Viogniers that you might be used to.