Viognier gains strength with Northwest wine lovers

By on December 20, 2015

William Church Winery 2014 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $25

william-church-winery-viognier-2014-labelThe Balsleys continue their award-winning tradition in Woodinville, Wash., with this white grape from the Rhone Valley, and it starts with their relationships with Columbia Basin vineyards Conner Lee and Gamache. Enticing aromas of orange blossom, banana taffy, pineapple and orange oil lead to a delicious entry of white peach, Gala apple and Asian pear. Its clean and bright structure achieves balance from both citrus pith and acidity.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 610 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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