This wine is at the extreme end of the spectrum for Sémillon, and has an avid following as a result. Golden yellow in color, it shows ultraripe fruit that smells of apricots, peaches and pine. The fruit supports a lot of oak. Winemaker Marty Clubb has a great touch with this often-overlooked grape. As good as it is, the '99 still seems less complex than the spectacular '98.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.