My love for blends is no secret. The excitement of trying a blend is never ending, mostly because there are so many amazing options out there! Red blends are common of course, but sometimes a winemaker decides to create a white blend as well. When I spotted the Maryhill’s 2012 Winemaker’s White I had to give it try!
Maryhill is a winery that I’ve had the privilege of trying in the past and have loved. Located in Goldendale, Washington, they produce a wide variety of wines. Just this year, they were announced as the Pacific Northwest winery of the year by Wine Press Northwest! Maryhill sources grapes from many different vineyards, which allows for them to have an exciting array of selections. In the Columbia Valley, grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, and Zinfandel flourish. This warm climate also allows for some different white grapes to be grown as well. Maryhill makes Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewurtztraminer, all sourced from nearby vineyards.
The 2012 Winemaker’s White Blend is a mix of 26% Chardonnay, 25% Semillon, 21% Sauvignon Blanc, 16% Viognier, and 12% Pinot Gris. I loved this combination. The color was very light, and so was the body of the wine in general. However, it had a richness to it that I couldn’t resist. Scents of crisp citrus like grapefruit hit me on my first sniff. Flavors of tropical fruits like melon and lychee were on the palette as well. There was almost a hint of butter to this wine. It had a bit of warmth.
The price of this wine is amazing. It sells for $12! Stock up on this, it will be a crowd favorite. Cheers!