Cairdeas Winery 2013 Reserve Nellie Mae, Columbia Valley, $26

By on December 7, 2014

cairdeas-winery-reserve-nellie-may-2013-labelWines of the Rhône Valley continue to serve as the inspiration at this young winery in Chelan, Wash., and they focused on nearby Antoine Creek Vineyard as well as Lawrence Vineyard in the Frenchman Hills near Royal City for this blend of Viognier (60%) and Roussanne. It was barrel fermented in new French oak before aging on the lees for eight months in stainless steel tanks, creating aromas of orange Creamcicle, dusty pear, alyssum and canned pineapple. The luscious entry leads to flavors of white peach and Golden Delicious apple, backed by lemon juice and citrus pith bitterness.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 200 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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