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.)
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.