MikeL's Guide to WA Wineries
Knipprath Cellars - Wines
Current releases (Winter 1997)
A marriage of barrel fermented and non-barrel aged chardonnay
culminates in this balanced, flavorful constellation of rich
butterscotch, apple and nutmeg. An ideal companion to seafood,
shellfish, light pasta entrees, and starry eyes.
- Fume Blanc
At last, a rich, complex sauvignon blanc we believe is worthy of
substituting many a chardonnay at the dinner table! Intense
pineapple, honey and melon flavors with a hint of black pepper in a
dry yet surprisingly smooth wine. A bit exotic; you bet! Enjoy with
grilled fish, hard cheeses, or batter fried foods.
An Alsatian style early harvest (<20 brix), cool fermentation,
sur-lies aging, off dry finish wine. Whole-berry pressing created
this spicy and full-flavored, off-dry Gewurztraminer as a dinner wine
boasting a clean, long finish. Serve chilled with light seafood or
- Muscat Blanc
Another Alsatian style wine. Selected rows of muscat vines within the
vineyard block are used to create this crisp, bright wine with intense
flavors of citrus and roses. A refreshing companion for picnics and
- Johannisberg Riesling
Another Alsatian style wine. A sensory delight! Fruit in the
bouquet, on the palate and in the long finish make this near-dry,
balanced riesling a favorite. What a choice for chicken, pork or
- Pinot Noir
Produced in a very Burgundian style, this medium-bodied pinot noir
displays a focused yet elegant meld of cherry and cranberry flavors
with soft tannins. Wine studies indicate pinot noir to contain one of
the highest levels of reservatrol (the phenolic compound associated
with the "French paradox" health phenomenon) found in red wine!
A growing favorite among wine drinkers everywhere. Supple plum and
current flavors with a spicy complexity against a mildly tannic
backdrop of toasted oak make our full-bodied Washington Merlot the
ideal red meat wine.
- Cabernet Sauvignon
Full, bright black cherry fruit flavors with hints of mint are
complemented by oak nuances to create a rich yet very approachable
cabernet, perfect for meat dinners and chocolate desserts!
- Copernicus Red
Produced from Washington State Lemberger harvested at the peak of its
intensity, this wine is a natural with pasta and Italian cuisine.
Rich, fresh berry flavors and subtle spiciness, this wine bears the
name of the astronomer who proclaimed, "The universe doesn't revolve
around me, it revolves around my sun!"
Spokane's only port, created with over two years aging in thin-stave
neutral French oak. Laced with vanilla and chocolate flavors, it is
bottled in small lots and is always a fast sell-out! Recommend
calling ahead for availability.
- Late harvest Johannisberg Riesling
Apricot and honey flavors can be found in both the taste and the
perfume-like bouquet. Botrytized and seductively flavorful, this
dessert wine is the "nectar of the gods"! Enjoy with cheesecake, dark
chocolate or over fruit; serve well chilled.
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