Dean and Heather Neff are relatively new to the Washington State Wine scene and have established a loyal following amongst quite a number of wine-lovers in this state and rightly-so. Their young, fresh, take on winemaking is reflective in the wines they produce and for the most are both pure to the varietal and reflect well the unique terrior each grape comes from.
2008 Viognier – W.E.P. Rating: 120%
- Ph: 3.22
- TA: .6g/100mL
- Alcohol: 13.6%
- Residual Sugar .5 g/100mL
- Stainless steel fermentation.
- Vineyard: Defiance -This is our estate vineyard located on the winery property in Lake Chelan.
- Production: 387 cases
- Official Release Date: April 10, 2009
- Winemaker: Heather Neff
- Price: $19
Taste: Did someone say tropical? Holy cow – tropical fruit for days with a healthy dose of apricot and apple-core. Excellent layering of flavors going on with a well-rounded acidity that I’m really appreciating. I love the finishing touches of fruit and blossom that linger on the palate for weeks – this is an insanely good bottle of wine and for $18 is a serious no-brainer – a Viognier that could be the breakthrough one for you if you’ve never tried a really well-made viognier.
2007 Syrah – W.E.P. Rating: 100%
- PH: 3.61
- TA: .59 g/100mL
- Alcohol: 14.1%
- The first release of Syrah from our estate vineyard in Chelan, this vineyard is located on the south shore of Lake Chelan. Co-fermented with 5% Viognier and then aged for 18 months in 100% French oak.
- Vineyard: Defiance Vineyard, Columbia Valley
- Production: 259 cases
- Official Release Date: May 1, 2009
- Winemaker: Dean Neff
- Price: $27
Taste: Spicey black-cherry cola with white pepper, rose petal, leather, tobacco and saddle-soap. Here’s a classic cool-climate syrah from Washington State which shows the Chelan region’s promise for great syrah. This wine has superior mouth-feel, tannin structure, acidity and backbone. It’s a very balanced wine between the fruit, oak and acid – easily one of the better syrah’s I’ve had in this price-range and one I’d highly encourage you to seek out.
Winery website: www.nefariouscellars.com