This is pure Sémillon from the Charbonneau vineyard, just 72 cases produced. It’s done in a lean, clean style, accenting cool-climate flavors of lime and tart melon, with an underlying hint of stone. There’s a suggestion of honeycomb right at the back of the palate; the wine shows subtlety and grace.
This debut blend somehow reaches 15% alcohol, not easy to do with Yakima Valley Sangiovese. It’s a solid effort, which opens well—supple and polished, with pretty flavors of mixed plum and berry. It’s silky, smooth and there’s plenty of tangy fruit. The finish gets a little too hot, but that’s a minor quibble in a wine that gives you this much flavor at this price…