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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.

San Juan Island Showcase – San Juan Vineyards

San Juan Island Showcase – San Juan Vineyards

Updated April 2017

 

Founded in 1996 by Yvonne Swanberg, San Juan Vineyards is the only commercial operating vineyard in the San Juan Islands. The 30 acre farm grows Madeleine Angevine & Siegerrebe grapes, which make up 20% to 30% of the total annual wine production of San Juan Vineyards; the remainder is grown across the mountains in the sunny Yakima valley. Since 2006 no pesticides have been used on the land.  Chris Lawler, Winemaker at San Juan Vineyards, introduced a couple of new wines to the lineup: “Haro Sunset Rose” and “South Beach Red”. Both are made from the Counoise grape.

The historic tasting room is open seven days a week , Spring through Fall, and sells, besides award winning wines, adorable wine paraphernalia and offers a comfortable porch to enjoy your box lunch with a sip of wine in the sunshine.

The property features a renovated schoolhouse from ca. 1895, the perfect setting for an old fashioned wedding.

 

San Juan Vineyards puts on several fabulous events each year:

June – Barrel Tasting
Taste what’s been aging in the barrels before the public, enjoy a BBQ, snacks, & live entertainment and help ring in the summer season on the islands.

August – Concours d’Elegance
Make a weekend of this charitable, antique sports car event. Bring your car for judging, or just watch, enjoy good food and live music. Proceeds go to various worthy causes like the Roatry’s PolioPlus Project, San Juan Hospice or Fish for Teeth.

September – Harvest Festival
Picking starts at 9am, there will be snacks and door prizes and of course, excellent wine.

 

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.

Great Northwest Wine – 2011 Cabernet Franc

San Juan Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Franc, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

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By Great Northwest Wine on February 2, 2015

Island winemaker Chris Primus continues his relationship with Columbia Valley growers, and his work with Cabernet Franc from Alder Ridge Vineyard shows consistent excellence. There’s classic Cab Franc leafy notes in the nose, which shows a reddish fruit tone with red currant and Bing cherry amid caramel and Horse Heaven Hills minerality. The drink offers firm but smooth tannins in a medium structure that’s surrounded by fresh cranberry, pie cherry and blueberry, backed by dried tea leaves in the finish. Fortunately, owner Yvonne Sandberg gave Primus the OK to increase production by nearly 100 cases over the 2010 vintage.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 381 cases

Alcohol: 14%

From http://www.greatnorthwestwine.com