Covey Run Reserve Semillon Ice Wine (375ML half-bottle) 2006
Other Dessert from Yakima Valley, Washington
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 Wine Advocate - "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. "
Wine & Spirits - "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."
Covey Run Winery
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 casual gatherings and picnics with family and friends.
Covey Run wines benefit from the long, sunny days and cool nights of eastern Washington vineyards. The whites are distinguished by crisp acidity and fresh fruit flavors, while the reds are aged in oak that never masks, but rather complements, the bold fruit flavors. View all Covey Run Wines
About Yakima Valley
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 spicy black fruit.A few smaller, but notable appellations that lie within or just outside of Yakima Valley include:
Rattlesnake Hills, which gained AVA status in 2006, lies in the north with 17 wineries.
Horse Heaven Hills, another recent sub-appellation hugs the south end of Yakima and is known for its outstanding vineyard sites that create incredible and collectible red wines.
Red Mountain, known for its intense and delicious reds, is located on the eastern side of Yakima Valley.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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5 ratings, 3 with reviewscasperlory - Chicago, IL55/16/201255/14/2012Excellent addition- many like many never had hadMnemosyne's pool - Old Bridge, NJ44/20/2012This 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.Joe Harbison - Columbus, OH410/30/2010dawoodsy - Forsyth, MO43/3/2010Very aromatic bouquet, honeysuckle and orange. Sweet, smooth and concentrated flavors, with a long finish.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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