We spent several days tasting Kevin’s 2016 Rhone-style releases, vacillating between La Fraternite and En Hommage by the hour. It was hard work picking a favorite but in the end, the Chateauneuf-style blend won our hearts. Dollar for dollar, Kevin’s making some of — perhaps THE best — Rhone-style wines in Washington state. Fantastic fruit, buoyed by a sense of freshness, they are imminently food-friendly, accessible now, with plenty of stuffing for midterm aging. In short, we can’t picture wanting more from a similar, similarly priced wine. 64% Grenache, 27% Mourvèdre, and 9% Syrah from Upland, Boushey and Sugarloaf Vineyards.
Washington Wine Report: “Fans of Kevin White Winery will not be disappointed in the winery's latest releases from the 2016 vintage. All bring a compelling sense of freshness to them (even more so than usual) in keeping with the vintage. The price (appropriately) gone up modestly $30 for the La Fraternite and En Hommage [up from $28]. Still, Kevin White's wines easily remain some of the highest quality-to-price ratio bottles to be had from Washington. All highly recommended.”
“La Fraternité pronounces bright red fruit from the moment you pull the cork. This Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah blend is a lively wine with layered aromas and flavors of strawberries, raspberries, kirsch, violets, and spice. On the palate, these flavors wrap around a silky medium body with a smooth, fresh and lingering finish. This wine pairs nicely with roasted chicken, grilled pork, Ahi tuna and salmon dishes.” - Kevin White
2015 vintage notes
91 points Vinous, Stephen Tanzer: "Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, spices and flint are complicated by a smoked meat note from the Syrah component. Surprisingly zingy on the palate, with its raspberry and black pepper qualities enlivened by pungent notes of pomegranate, cranberry and orange peel. This fine-grained wine offers a captivating restrained sweetness and finishes with smooth tannins and noteworthy energy. A remarkably fresh wine from a very ripe, early year."
Kevin White is a rising star of Washington wine and this Chateauneuf du Pape-esque blend demonstrates why. Superbly balanced, highlighting pure fruit and finesse, it cascades with red summer berries alongside violets and grilled herbs. Highly versatile on the dinner table, I'd go anywhere from grilled salmon to ratatouille, to duck or lamb. 60% Grenache, 33% Mourvedre, and 7% Syrah. - Marcus
This wine has twice made Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 (and it's only been made since 2011!). The 2015 received 93 points and Editor's Choice.