The Fanatic 2016
Albariño is considered by some to be the Queen of Spanish white varieties, where it creates a floral and racy wine, analogous in some ways to Sauvignon Blanc but with great mineral depth and citrus expressiveness. The Albariño that makes up the lion’s share of The Fanatic comes from one of the highest-altitude plantings of white grapes in the Yakima Valley at 1,400 feet. It’s fleshed out with a small addition of Viognier from Boushey Vineyard, a mere 3 miles away. The Viognier adds depth to the mid-palate and length to finish, while at the same time deepening the impression of honey. 7 months of lees aging adds fullness to the body and gives a toasty salinity to the final wine.
The 2016 Fanatic is a deep and rich gold color, indicating the intense aromas to follow: honeysuckle, Meyer Lemon, freshly zested grapefruit and fresh apricot. The palate is intense and full, with bracingly crisp acidity and a wave of honey and fruit pith. The delightful sense of pith flows into the lengthy finish, adding saline minerality and fresh cut herbs.