Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Know Your Oregon Wines: Semillon

Semillon: Semillon has an affinity for botrytis (noble rot) and is responsible for the great sweet wines of Bordeaux. It can age very well, developing aromas of honey, candied fruits and chocolates, while often retaining a fresh citrus note. While Semillon's 'headquarters' are in France, it is also known to develop a real distinctive character in Australia's Hunter Valley.
In Oregon, Arcane Cellars produces a very small amount each year and it is sold out almost at once: Produced from our own estate vines at Wheatland Vineyard, this Semillon is a dry, full bodied wine exhibiting aromas of citrus and honeysuckle and flavors of pear, apricot and peach. Unlike a typical warmer climate Semillon, this wine has crisp minerality and a
wonderfully clean and smooth finish that refreshes on hot summer afternoons.

Farther south, Agate Ridge grows it and makes a blend with Sauvignon Blanc: 
This lush blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is driven by the unique terroir at our estate vineyard in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. Intense floral aromatics join citrus, cut green grass and finish with ripe date nuttiness. Created in a traditional European style, its medium-bodied and luxuriant texture exhibit a creaminess that is deftly balanced by mouthwatering acidity. A brilliant wine to drink with everything from goat cheese appetizers to firm fish like halibut or roast chicken.

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