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Wine Press Northwest – 2016 Siegerrebe (Estate)

San Juan Vineyards 2016 Estate Siegerrebe

January 27, 2018 

Appellation: Puget Sound

Siegerrebe, pronounced zee-geh-RAY-buh, translates to “victory vine” in German, and it shines in the hands of Puget Sound winemakers and thrives in their vineyards. This release signals the last bottling of Siegerrebe at San Juan Vineyards under the ownership of co-founder Yvonne Swanberg, who sold her property and brand to the owners of Corliss Estate in Walla Walla. Some of these grapes come off the first parcel Swanberg and her late husband planted in 1996. And since the 2016 vintage marked the debut of winemaker Chris Lawler, the cellar seems to be in skillful hands. Siegerrebe was developed in 1929 as a cross of Madeleine Angevine and Gewürztraminer, and the Mad Ange component seems to lead the aromas here with hints of honeysuckle, jicama, lime zest and Granny Smith apple peel. The influence of the Gewürz and the Oct. 1 harvest are better revealed between the lips as the drink is bright, delicious and luscious as tropical fruit flavors include kiwi and yellow grapefruit. Touches of anise and the lemon curd finish sweep clean the 1.4% residual sugar for a bone-dry finish.

Rating: Outstanding! by Great Northwest Wine. (13% alc.)

Price: $22

Production: 160 cases

Food pairings: It is an ideal match with Thai dishes and Puget Sound shellfish.

San Juan Vineyards, 3136 Roche Harbor Road, Friday Harbor, 360-378-9463, www.sanjuanvineyards.com.

Great Northwest Wine – 2016 Madeleine Angevine (Estate)

By  on December 29, 2017
Madeleine Angevine, a grape developed in France’s maritime-influenced Loire Valley, makes up 3 of the 5 acres of 20-year-old vineyard planted across Yvonne Swanberg’s property near Friday Harbor. The cross of Madeleine Royale and Précoce de Malingre seems a bit more finicky than Siegerrebe, and its restrained nature and natural acidity makes it a natural for seafood. The harvest of Oct. 8 at 20 Brix and a 100 percent stainless steel ferment creates aromas of starfruit, Asian pear and divinity are joined by a sense of salinity. What follows are flavors of Golden Delicious apple and nectarine, capped by the juice and pulp of Mandarin orange. Finished dry, it’s viewed an ideal — and indigenous — oyster wine.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 460 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

Great Northwest Wine – 2014 Madeleine Angevine (Estate)

San Juan Vineyards 2014 Madeleine Angevine, Puget Sound, $18

By  on July 19, 2015
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Winery owner Yvonne Swanberg helped her late husband plant 3 acres of this Loire Valley grape on their property near Friday Harbor, Wash., in the middle of the San Juan Islands. And winemaker Chris Primus’ work with this cross of obscure varieties — Madeleine Royals and Precoce de Malingre — ranks as one of Washington’s most fascinating white wines year in and year out. He harvested this vintage Oct. 12 at a ripeness level of 18 Brix, and he ferments it to dryness using stainless steel.

The nose is intoxicating with hints of honeydew melon, pina colada, fresh-cut Gala apple, white peach and seashells. It’s a clean, light and delicate wine that’s laser-focused on white peach, melon and sweet herbs, supported by a steady stream of navel orange acidity. It’s an ideal wine with summertime salads and things from the sea.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 614 cases

Alcohol: 11.2%

Great Northwest Wine – 2014 Siegerrebe (Estate)

San Juan Vineyards 2014 Estate Siegerrebe, Puget Sound, $22

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By Great Northwest Wine on June 5, 2015

Island winemaker Chris Primus presents his latest version of one of the Puget Sound’s best patio and seafood wines, and he hasn’t lost a step. The Germanic cross of Gewürztraminer and Madeleine Angevine creates beautiful aromas of white peach, orange oil, lychee, kiwi and clove with hints of ginger and crushed seashells. It’s a clean, lean and bright drink of nectarine, kiwi and Asian pear with Mandarin orange acidity and more notes of ginger and minerality. It’s a quaffer that’s pleasantly dry at 0.8% residual sugar, and it’s ideal for mussels, oysters, clams and virtually anything from the Salish Sea.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 658 cases

Alcohol: 11.3%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.