Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Jean-François Pellet, a proud product of Switzerland, has been the only winemaker in the storied history of Amavi Cellars, the sister project with vaunted Pepper Bridge. Their vineyard holdings span Les Collines and Pepper Bridge as well as Goff, Octave and Summit View. All but Pepper Bridge factor into this Sèmillon, a white Bordeaux variety that helped spark the creation of Amavi in 2001. This vintage marked the first at Amavi for winemaker Joel Wright as the production manager for J-F, and their teamwork shows in this work with 100% neutral French oak. Enticing aromas of Key lime, dried pineapple and Lemonhead candy include a whiff of gooseberry, a sign of the Sauvignon Blanc involved (15%). Those descriptors are matched on the palate, making for one of the region’s most expressive examples of Sèmillon. It’s delicious, slaty and vibrant, finished by a lemon twist and pinch of white pepper.
Rated “Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine. (13.9% alc.)
Cases produced: 1,355
Food pairings: Scallops, seafood linguine, smoked salmon, pad thai, summer salads, grilled asparagus.
Amavi Cellars operates three tasting rooms throughout Washington state:
Walla Walla Valley
3796 Peppers Bridge Road, Walla Walla WA 99362
14810 NE 145th St., Bldg A-3, Woodinville WA 98072
677 W Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA 98660
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