Sean Sullivan's Wine of the Week: Kevin White Winery's La Fraternité
Everything right about Washington wine.
Every week the founder of Washington Wine Report, Wine Enthusiast contributing editor, and Seattle Met's house wine guru recommends a (typically) budget-friendly Northwest wine.
What: Kevin White Winery ‘La Fraternité‘ Red Wine, Yakima Valley 2011, $20
Where: McCarthy and Schiering, Pike and Western, Soul Wine, Seattle Wine Co., Bin 41
Why: The 2011 La Fraternité encapsulates in a single bottle so much of what there is to love about Washington wine–a great story, superb quality, and an even better price.
Winemaker Kevin White came out west to work at Microsoft, got bit by the wine bug, and rolled up his sleeves and started getting his hands dirty–but didn’t quit his day job. A blend of grenache, mourvèdre, and syrah all aged in neutral oak, White’s La Fraternité displays riveting, pure fruit flavors of raspberry, strawberry, and peppery spice. Best of all, it’s absurdly underpriced given the quality that is in the bottle (think $35 instead of $20).