Covey Run Reserve Semillon Ice Wine (half-bottle) 2003
WINEMAKING The opportunity to make ice wine seldom presents itself this early in the season, but this was actually our second ‘witches freeze' in as many years – in 2002 the Semillon also froze on Halloween night. Picked and pressed frozen, the grapes grudgingly yielded a rich, concentrated juice that we fermented both in tank and in new barrels.
WINE DESCRIPTION Our 2003 Semillon Ice Wine shows intense aromas of pineapple, citrus and vanilla that are balanced by a bracing acidity. The wine has a long, lingering finish.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS Our Covey Run Semillon Ice Wine is a complete dessert by itself. It also lends itself to pairing with other desserts, preferably those less sweet than the wine. Try crème brulee, bread pudding with apricots, cream-based pastries or fresh fruit. Also enjoy this wine with a sampling of rich, creamy cheeses such as Roquefort or Stilton.
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.