Columbia Winery 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $26

By on August 18, 2014

columbia-winery-viognier-2013-bottleCanadian-born winemaker Sean Hails shows his skill with this white Rhône variety from last year’s historically hot vintage as he manages to keeps the focus on fleshy orchard fruit. Aromas of Asian pear and white peach pick up hints of apple blossom, exotic spices and alder smoke. The bright entry of Granny Smith and pear flavors meets with midpalate acidity, pleasing bitterness and a finish of orange zest. This is billed as their Small Lot Viognier — remember, its parent is Gallo — and it’s part of Columbia’s Tasting Room Exclusive tier, requiring a trip to Woodinville. Enjoy with fresh Dungeness crab, scallops or chicken.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 587 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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