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Great Northwest Wine Review 2014 Madeleine Angevine

Winery owner Yvonne Swanberg helped her late husband plant 3 acres of this Loier Valley grape on their property near Friday Harbor, Washington 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.

San Juan Vineyards’ Madeleine Angevine Takes a Gold at Tri-Cities

More great news this week–both San Juan Vineyards’ Estate Wines are in the spotlight with our Madeleine Angevine receiving a Gold medal at the 38th Tri-Cities Wine Festival the same week our Siegerrebe made the Seattle Times Top 50!  Be sure to taste both our Estate whites when you come out for our Winery Open House and Vertical Red Tasting on November 28!  This holiday season try all our local wines with all your favorite local foods.

San Juan Vineyards’ Siegerrebe in Seattle Times Top 50 Wines

San Juan Vineyards’s 2014 Estate Siegerrebe was just chosen for the Seattle Times Top 50 Wine List this year!  Be sure to stop by and stock up for the holidays!


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Great Northwest Wine Reviews the 2014 Estate Siegerrebe

San Juan Vineyards 2014 Estate Siegerrebe,

Puget Sound, $22

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%

About Great Northwest Wine

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 Reviews San Juan Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Franc

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

By Great Northwest Wine on February 2, 2015

2011_Cab_Franc_front_COLAIsland 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%