Review: 2012 Bartholomew Winery Aligoté

Looking for a white wine that's a bit off the beaten path? This Aligoté from Washington State may just do the trick. Photo: Duane Pemberton

WASHINGTON, DC, March 13, 2013 - Aligoté  (ah lee go tay) is a Burgundy grape varietal that doesn’t get much play at all here in the U.S., and even in its native region of Burgundy, it’s primarily blended with other whites to produce “White Burgundy” or even sparkling wine. 

Bartholomew Winery is a small, family winery located in the heart of Seattle Washington and has been in business several years now. Locals appreciate the good values that are churned out from Bartholomew so it’s quite common to see quite a number of people in its tasting room. 

This 2012 Aligoté comes from the Snipes Mountain sub-AVA, which is located in the the much larger Columbia Valley AVA. Upland Vineyard is very well known by winemakers in Washington for having not just quality fruit but also a mix of different varietals that may be hard to come by in other vineyards. 

On the nose: Chalk-laced melon balls, white peach, asian pear, golden delicious apple and a hint of un-roasted almonds. 

On the palate: I believe many people would mistake this for a Chardonnay as it has many of the same characteristics. Fresh melon, kiwi, apple, pear and peach with a slight hint of minerality. Good acidity and a roundness of the mid-palate keep the wine tasting fresh and not overpowering at all – would pair very well with various cheeses, chicken Ceasar salad and pan-seared scallops.

Drink now or hold for up to 5 years.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Price: $20

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