Thursday, August 30, 2012

Été 2011 Oregon White Wine

When we recently attended a special event at Walt Churchill’s Briarfield store this new wine was highly recommended. Now we understand why.

Été is a white blend produced by Anne Amie Vineyards in Carleton Oregon. It is available in Ohio and Michigan through the efforts of Ampelography’s Adam Mahler. Adam worked with Anne Amie to refine the blend of Chardonnay (39%), Riesling (29%), Viognier (11%), Vermentino (9%),
Gewürztraminer (5%), Rousanne (4%) and Marsanne (3%).

We kicked off a recent wine tasting out on the patio with a glass of Été and the wine matched the great summer evening. Été is French for summer and the label art by local artist Steve Mockensturm shows a plunging diver seconds from splashdown.

This is a great blend that includes some off-beat grapes and captures the freshness of Oregon whites. Tasting team member Wine Chick thought that the Gewürztraminer made a bigger impression on the palate than a measly 5% would lead you to believe. Sax Man chimed in that as the vino warmed up additional fruit flavors came forward.

Été delivers a fun and sophisticated cool climate vibe. The wine is dry but with sufficient fruit to make it smooth and rounded. Priced at about $14, this is a unique wine ideal for summer sipping.
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