Located in Yakima Washington, Kana Winery has a knack for producing wines from some of the state’s less-popular grapes – like Lemberger, Marsanne and Tempranillo to name a few. Even though Yakima proper hasn’t really been known as a “winery town” – Kana seems to do quite well for itself. You’ll find its tasting room is frequently packed out by folks coming in to enjoy the reasonably priced wines and listen to live music.
It’s Katie Mae white table wine is a well-priced white wine that is very food friend and has changed its composition between the two vintages represented here. The 2006 is a blend of 39% Pinot Gris and 61% riesling while the 2007 vintage is 100% riesling.
2006 Katie Mae – W.E.P. Rating: 80%
- Grapes: 61% Riesling (Two Coyote Vineyard and Les Vignes de Marcoux), 39% Pinot Gris (Naches Heights Vineyard).
- Alcohol: 12.9%
- Price: $14
Nose: Honey, pears, apples, graham crackers, golden delicious apples.
Taste: Definitely a sweeter wine than the 2007 and is definitely not my style for a “table wine” as it gives a much stronger nod to deserts. Tons of pear and apples coming through but it’s almost like they’re coated in hone. Decent mid palate but the back-end, for me, is just to thick with the sugars to make this an enjoyable “table wine”.
2007 Katie Mae – W.E.P. Rating: 150%
- Grapes: 100% Riesling from Two Coyote Vineyard
- Alcohol: 12%
- Price: $14
Nose: Apricots for days along with pears, apples and a nice back-end note of orange zest. I also get that very “old-world”-like richness that completely reminds me of a German white. REALLY love the nose.
Taste: I get the really nice apple-core and apricot flavors right off the bat – this wine has the structure and the richness (I don’t mean sweet) to compete head to head with the old-world style whites that I adore. The front attack slaughters your tongue in an apple/apricot spa-treatment and continues to provide all kinds of enjoyment across the mid-plate with a finish to die for. This is easily one of the most enjoyable whites I’ve ever had for under $30.