Covey Run Reserve Semillon Ice Wine (375ML half-bottle) 2006
Dessert from Yakima Valley, Washington
Alcohol By Volume: 11.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Our Covey Run Semillon Ice wine shows intense aromas of ripe mango and pineapple, with floral notes of honeysuckle, and honey. These aromas are balanced with zippy acid (think lemon vanilla cream sandwich cookies) and a long, lingering finish.
Imagine a cool, crisp winter night. Fresh snow is on the ground and the grapes are frozen on the vines. That's when these grapes are harvested. Pressed while still frozen, the grapes grudgingly yield a rich,
concentrated juice that is fermented both in-tank and in new barrels.
The Covey Run Reserve wines are an expression of
winemaker Kate Michaud's passion for Washington State's best-loved wines – Chardonnay, Merlot and Ice Wine. Handcrafted from the best of the best
grapes from top vineyard sites in Washington's famed Columbia and Yakima valleys, these
limited-production wines are rich and elegant with great intensity of flavor.
"The medium gold-colored, fragrant 2006 Semillon Ice Wine Reserve offers up aromas of candied peach and pineapple, Viscous and very sweet on the palate, it is intensely flavored, well-balanced, and lengthy. It should drink well for a minimum of 8-10 years.
The Wine Advocate
"This impressive sticky has focused aromas from peach to apricot and hints of lees, safron and candied orange. The flavors are all about fruit, with impressive concentration and a
hint of savory spice to mark the finish."
Wine & Spirits
Excellent addition- many like many never had had
This wine is an incredible concentration of flavor–pear, raspberry, and of course a white grape is in there as well. It is a pale yellow, and extremely viscous, easily creating rainbows of light on your glass. The Covey Run is the same Sémillon grape that plays such a central role in Bordeaux's great sweet wines. But, this wine is not an imitation, it stands on its own merits. While it lacks the spice and minerality of the great Sauternes, it is remarkably well balanced–it's tremendous sweetness held in check by just the right hint of acid. All in all, a tremendously enjoyable dessert wine, perfect as an aperitif or with a plate of cheese. This is too concentrated and powerful to serve with fruit. It should be mentioned in passing that this is a true ice wine–it's grapes were frozen on the vine, not after picking as has, unfortunately, become the practice in some wineries. I think this 1/2 bottle is very well priced given its character, depth, and assured style. A 91 or 92 in my personal rating system. Drink now or for the next four or five years.system.
Very aromatic bouquet, honeysuckle and orange. Sweet, smooth and concentrated flavors, with a long finish.
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Since the release of the 1982 vintage, Covey Run has crafted high quality, price worthy wines from Washington"s Columbia River Valley, wines that have been embraced by consumers and journalists alike earning over 20 Wine Spectator Best Values awards. Led by winemaker Kate Michaud, Covey Run's portfolio includes delicious wines for every occasion, from stylish entertaining, to...
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Washington's first appellation, Yakima Valley has over one third of the state's vineyards. The rolling foothills of the Cascades give the vines a good sun angle, so grapes are well-ripened come harvest time. Merlot dominates the plantings here, creating elegant wines with complex fruit, herbs & structure. Syrah continues to grow in popularity, creating blanced wines with...
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