Bunnell Family Cellars 2011 Fraîche, Columbia Valley, $24

By on March 29, 2014

bunnell-family-cellar-fraiche-2011-bottleFor the previous vintage, Rhône aficiando Ron Bunnell blended matching amounts of these four Rhone whites varieties, but in 2011 he led with Viognier (51%) and supported it with Marsanne (28%), Picpoul (13%) and Grenache Blanc. There’s a richness to the nose with aromas of ripe pear and apricot with hints of butterscotch, vanilla and lanolin. There’s a match on the complex palate as all those tones come rushing in with richness, yet it’s backed gloriously with acidity. This wine earned a silver medal at the 2014 Seattle Wine & Food Experience Wine Competition, and it can be enjoyed at Wine O’Clock in Prosser at the Vintners Village.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 215 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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