2000 Snoqualmie Vineyards Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley...

WINE OF THE WEEK

November 14, 2001|By Michael Dresser

2000 Snoqualmie Vineyards Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley ($8.49). This stylish, dry chenin blanc from Washington state is one of the best values I've tasted in white wines all year. It's crisp, structured and intense - with much of the tensile strength found in the best Loire Valley. Though the sugar is scarce, the fruit is abundant - with flavors of peach, cherry, table grape, melon and minerals. But although this chenin blanc is fresh and easy to drink, it's also a wine of considerable complexity. It would match up well with a variety of seafood dishes, as well as spicy Asian and Caribbean cuisine. It would definitely be a winner with sushi. Why would anyone want to drink some oak-laden $20 chardonnay when there's a wine like this on the market?

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