Appellation: Yakima Valley
Wade Wolfe, and his wife, Becky Yeaman, have been leaders with the Washington wine industry for more than four decades, so their remarkable work with the Spanish white grape Albariño is no surprise. The 2018 vintage marks their fifth with Crawford Vineyard, which is not far from their Prosser winery in the Port of Benton’s Vintner’s Village. Wolfe, who earned degrees in plant genetics and biochemistry from the University of California-Davis, brought in his Albariño just before the start of October. He then fermented the lot in 100% stainless steel to keep the focus on the orchard fruit and citrusy qualities inherent in the grape. Notes of honeysuckle, orange Creamsicle and Golden Delicious apple blend with Bosc pear, leading to a mouthful of fruit and bright acidity within a full body. This summer, it earned best-of-class honors and the award for Best White Wine at the Washington State Wine Competition, a scholarship fundraiser for Yakima Valley College’s viticulture and enology program. Three other Thurston Wolfe wines earned a gold medal or better at the judging.
Rated “Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine. (13% alc.)
Cases produced: 162
Food pairings: Pork tenderloin, glazed with a brandy and apple sauce, stuffed with apple and caramelized onion. Also enjoy with spicy Asian fare or seafood.
Thurston Wolfe, 588 Cabernet Court, Prosser, 509-786-3313, www.thurstonwolfe.com.