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2010 Bartholomew Aligoté – Review

By Duane Pemberton
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Aligoté is a variety that’s grown in Burgundy but is well off the radar for most vineyards in the New World. It can have similar expression or character of Chardonnay and overall is a very good grape.   It’s primarily used in blending, however, I’d like to see more producers start bottling it as a single varietal like this one from Bartholomew Winery in Seattle.

Technical Data:

  • Cooperage: 6 months in neutral French Oak – Sur lie
  • Brix at harvest: 23
  • TA: 0.59
  • Vineyard: Upland Vineyard on Snipes Mountain
  • Production: 44 cases
  • Price: $19

Nose: Mellow aromas of catelope, honeydew melon, mango, flint and a hint of kiwi.

Taste: A very “chardonnayesque” kind of wine – maybe because I know it’s somewhat related to chardonnay but this wine has a beautiful white-burdundy quality to it. Good fruit, acid and overall body make this a very food-friendly wine that’s easy to sip on and would easily compliment a variety of foods.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%