Mercer Estates 2013 Culloden Vineyard Viognier, Horse Heaven Hills, $13

By on August 20, 2014

mercer-estates-culloden-vineyard-viognier-2013-bottleBest Buy! Hot vintages such at last year’s can make varieties like Viognier difficult because the wines can be flabby, but that’s not the case with this example from Jessica Munnell, who’s produced one of the best of the summer and continues her stellar run with aromatic whites. Gorgeous aromas of orange and vanilla cream include fruit cocktail, alyssum and butterscotch. On the pour, it’s akin to a bowl of ambrosia fruit salad, featuring pineapple and Mandarin orange on the midpalate. Somehow, it’s presented dry because impressive acidity offers beautiful balance. The Mercer wines can be found in 46 states, and the Northwest distributor is Southern. This wine continues to shine, having earned a gold medal at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 480 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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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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