Jon Picks a White! Coyote Canyon 2011 Albariño


Jon loves red wine.  In fact, when I first met him, it was nearly impossible to get him to try a white wine.  Over the years, he has widened his horizons, but his preference is still for the reds.  So you might imagine my surprise when the other night he told me he was craving a white wine, and pulled out a bottle of Coyote Canyon 2011 Albariño.

We were first introduced to Coyote Canyon when he went to the Red Wine and Chocolate weekend in the Yakima Valley for a President’s Day long weekend.  I posted about it a few years back.  We stopped in to Coyote Canyon, which is a family owned winery – a labor of love of the Andrews family.  The land has been in the family since 1953, and has gradually shifted from growing wheat and Hereford cattle to grapes.  They now own 1100 acres.  Like many other winemaker’s in Washington, the Andrews began growing grapes for other producers, before starting the winery in 2006.  That weekend in Prosser we got to barrel taste the 2010 vintage of Albariño, and it was awesome!  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get back over there before it sold out…

Coyote Canyon 2011 Albariño

Coyote Canyon 2011 Albariño

Fast forward to the 2012 Anacortes Wine Festival, and Coyote Canyon was serving some of their wines, and I was lucky enough to try their 2011 Albariño.  I purchased two bottles.  Two nights ago we opened the second.  It pairs a crisp acidity with honeydew melon, honey and a light floral finish.  This wine has a thick, creamy mouthfeel – perfect on its own or with a meal.  I thoroughly enjoyed this wine – I just wish we had more!

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7 thoughts on “Jon Picks a White! Coyote Canyon 2011 Albariño

  1. I once saw a 60 minutes interview with the Baron de Rothschild. He went on and on about reds and finally the interviewer asked him if he ever drink white. The Baron’s response was (to paraphrase, since I saw this about 30 years ago), “Only when I’ve run out of red.”

  2. I really enjoy that grape – and appreciate Coyote Canyon’s wines. Will have to make a trip back through Prosser soon to revisit since it has been over a year since we have been there. Good reminder.

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