MINIMAL LOOK, MAXIMUM ENJOYMENT
It takes its name from a lone birch tree that stands at the corner of Bethany and Sheller Roads in Sunnyside, Washington State. The 80 year old tree is one of the pinnacle landmarks located in the Miller Family’s Yakima Valley vineyard. Not only providing a shady rest spot for workers and direction to lost travellers, but more importantly their great grandfather, H. Lloyd Miller, who planted it, had a great love for nature and was an inspirational steward of the land. This symbolic tree serves as a reminder of the winery’s commitment to care for the environment, reduce the carbon footprint, utilize sustainable farming practices and ensure the vineyard lives on for generations to come. The old labels that some of you may be familiar with depicted the whole tree. Now the winery has gone more minimalist showing a birch tree trunk with its typical scratched texture surrounded by a field of black. Less is more impactful on the shelf. The brand name has a new font too. Lone Birch’s long 190 day growing season allows for slow, steady fruit maturation. The warm days and cool nights provided by Washington State’s high desert environment permit the vines to produce grapes with exceptional balance, ripe fruit flavours and plenty of natural acidity. A bouquet of honeysuckle and melon leads to a crisp, dry and refreshing palate with flavours of zesty lemon and pear. Enjoy with a variety of seafoods prepared with butter, or guacamole, or vegetable terrine or coconut curry in a mild cream sauce. Or enjoy on its own, preferably with a limited number of close family members during this COVID-19 self-isolation time. It also garnered a Double Gold Medal and Class Champion win at the 2019 Houston Rodeo Uncorked International Wine Competition.
2017 Lone Birch Yakima Valley Chardonnay V13311, $19.95