A beautiful fresh and elegant sipper. This is a wine for every day. On the nose it is pleasant and generous but not over blown with citrus fruit, peach pit, and some herbal tones. The palate is medium to light bodied with vibrant acidity leading to some perception of graphite like minerality blending with the citrus fruit notes. Drink now.
The fruit for the Edel all came from the Yakima Valley from Crawford Vineyard which is pretty close to the base of Snipes Mountain. A very dry vineyard with intense summer heat and sun cooling dramatically at night leads to rich and powerful wines that can still maintain a sense of elegance through its acidity. The Loess soils are also incredibly well drained combining with being in dessert like conditions the wines tend to have great density.
The 2014 vintage in Washington State showed some very intense heat during the days while still cooling off at night. The fruit set was about average so there was sufficient fruit around the State which was good to allow a little prolonged ripening since it was so hot and dry. The wine are rich and powerful with generous fruit all held together with balanced acidity.
The Gravel is our expression of basic White Bordeaux style wines. The grapes were allowed to soak on the skins for 12 hours before pressing to extract some complexity and character. The wine was pressed to 1.2 bars and then cold fermented at a maximum of 54 degrees F. The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon were blended immediately post fermentation. The wine spent a further 5 months in tank with lees stirring and was then filtered and bottled
This is a great pairing with a delicious mid-week grilled chicken salad with seasonal vegetables and a mild vinaigrette. It is also great with some cumin rubbed roasted pork with a side a caramelized Brussels Spouts.