Milbrandt Vineyards 2013 The Estates Viognier, Wahluke Slope, $22

By on January 6, 2015

milbrandt-vineyards-the-estates-viognier-2013-bottleSome years, the Wahluke Slope records more heat units than any other region in Washington state, and the Milbrandt brothers focus on their Talcott (73%) and Clifton vineyards for Rhône varieties — including this Viognier. The late-September harvest and program of 100% neutral oak barrel makes for clean aromas of pear, dusty apple, gooseberry, slate and sweet herbs. That oak program makes for an impact on the palate, but the flavor profile of lemon and Bosc pear creates a bright and tart structure that should go deliciously with Oysters Rockefeller.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 635 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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