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White Wine 22
White Wine 22

Some are surprised that Obelisco makes white wines.  But we DO!  The big secret is that we 'cough' don't like most whites... So what do we do? 

We make white wines that WE like, because we are spoiled.  We know if we like them, you will too.

Tasting notes

Winemaker: Ken Abbott

AVA: Columbia Valley

Blend: 65% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon

Case Production: 208

Alcohol: 14.5% vol.

Fermentation: Stainless Steel

Residual Sugar: .1%

Aging: Stainless Steel for the Semillon.  The Sauvignon Blanc aged in French oak. 50% new, 50% neutral.

Tasting Notes: There is a translucent champagne color that is clear and light. The nose comes through with citrus zest, kiwi and a light vanilla along with crisp apple and light melon. The front of the palate starts with tart citrus, starfruit and lychee, then fades to ripe apple with some earthy and melon tones on the back of the palate. Unlike most white wines, the finish sticks around for a long while. The Sauv Blanc saw some oak, so there is some structure to the mouthfeel while the freshness of the Semillon rounds out the full palate experience and adds structure of its’ own. Would be delicious with aged hard goat cheese and other hard cheeses like Parmesan, Reggiano. Perfect with blackened fish, chicken, clams, salads and would pair with sweet desserts easily.


Harvest: The Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Sagemoor Group Gamache Vineyard and the Semillon comes from the Dionysus Vineyard.  Both of the locations warrant much longer hang time because the weather is much cooler than Red Mountain. While Red Mountain is perfect for Bordeaux reds, we would not want to plant these white vines on Red Mountain because they would ripen too quickly building sugars, but not flavors.  We chose to go off of Red Mountain for these white grapes to places where the grapes take a lot longer to ripen. Often these grapes are harvested after the Cabernet on Red Mountain. That is later in the season than most whites. The Sauvignon Blanc develops great stereotypical flavors while the viscosity of the Semillon improves the mouth feel and forces flavor to linger a bit longer. The 2022 harvest was a plentiful and flavorful harvest.  The white grapes were ready early and had lots of flavor while the reds developed lots of flavor, but struggled to finish with sugar production. It was nice to see good yield after two years of very small yield in the fields.

Download Wine Notes
VarietalSauv Blanc/Semillon
Varietal Composition65% Sauvignon Blanc
35% Semillon
AppellationColumbia Valley
Harvest Date09/10/2022
Agingsteel/oak combo
Residual Sugar.1%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date05/09/2023
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginWashington

Gamache Vineyard

Gamache sits above the white bluffs overlooking Basin City to the east with 200 acres of wine grapes. The highest elevation is 960 feet with a gentle, mile-long southwestern slope ending at 840 feet. Bordering the east side of the vineyard is a 300-foot drop to the valley floor, towards Basin City. 

Sagemoor Vineyards acquired Gamache in 2016 from brothers Bob and Roger Gamache. When the Gamache brothers first located the site in 1980, they asked Dr. Walter Clore to walk the property. After viewing the site, he shared there was “absolutely no reason you can’t grow good quality wine grapes here.” Deeming the land sufficiently blessed, the Gamaches moved forward in a time when there were only about 10 bonded wineries in the state.  

 In 1982, Gamache planted 20 acres each of Chenin Blanc and Semillon. Riesling was planted in 1983. Gamache still has its original Riesling as well as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Viognier. 


Dionysus Vineyard

Dionysus is in the White Bluffs AVA and has 150 acres of wine grapes and is next door to the Bacchus Vineyard, they share a commanding view to the west overlooking the mighty Columbia River and the Rattlesnake Mountains. Elevation ranges from 600 to 900 feet on the southwestern slope with soft rolling knolls providing a warm site with excellent air drainage.  

In 1973, Dionysus was originally planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gamay Beaujolais, Gewurztraminer, Semillon, Trousseau Gris (Grey Riesling), and Zinfandel. Through experimentation and feedback from our winery partners, Dionysus still grows Cabernet Sauvignon and

Chardonnay, but the other varietals have been replaced by Merlot, Semillon and Petit Verdot. Cabernet Sauvignon has since become the flagship variety on this vineyard site.  

Dionysus receives water from the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. The vineyard utilizes drip irrigation with sprinklers used for frost control, cooling, and occasional irrigation. This drip irrigation enables us to use Regulated Deficit Irrigation (RDI). With RDI and soil moisture monitoring, we’ve been able to constantly fine tune and improve quality. 



Ken Abbott


As the GM, I carry on the family tradition of producing wine at Obelisco with my Aunt Betsy and as a steward of the family’s style of wines. In honor of Doug who was the founder with Betsy, I and my amazing team at Obelisco carry on the love to help people “Celebrate Life.”

As the winemaker, it is important to carry on the tradition that was impressed upon me by my uncle. We strive to make intense varietals that stand out with their characteristics and don't let you forget that you are drinking a premium wine.

Wine that is big with lots of flavor, yet with approachable elegance, is the goal. I am always looking for ways to improve while staying within the family style that we love.  Incremental adjustments each year to maintain the quality have become the norm. We have to be a little inconsistent in our methodology every year, since the harvest is different every year. This way we can keep our wines strung together in the style that we love.



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