The 2008, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Horse Heaven Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc is absolutely brilliant. What a complete charmer. Typical impressions of a big winery can be ho hum, but Ste. Michelle has it completely dialed in. This Washington wine features bright pale green and gold colors and volumes of aroma. Its powerful citrus and mineral characteristics move quickly into lactic components brought on by 21 percent barrel fermentation and sur lie aging. Fresh citrus charges the mouth with lifting acids and sweetness of fruit. Absent, but not missed, are the grassy herbal components of this varietal. Complexity is high, so bring on the cilantro and shrimp. Costs about $15.
-- Mike McVittie reviews wines available locally
Wine Of The Week: 2008, Horse Heaven Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc