Viognier gains strength with Northwest wine lovers

By on December 20, 2015

Tertulia Cellars 2014 Whistling Hills Estate Vineyard Viognier, Walla Walla Valley, $20

Tertulia Cellars LogoWinemaker Ryan Raber and vineyard manager Ryan Driver teamed up beautifully on their tribute to the Rhône Valley, which includes Roussanne (25%). It offers up gorgeous aromas of lemongrass, lemon verbena, tangerine and sweet herbs. Inside, there’s a bright entry of Mandarin orange, pear and apple which is nicely rounded by a French oak for balance. These wines are available at their location near the stateline in the Walla Walla Valley as well as their new Dundee, Ore., tasting room inside the tony Inn at Red Hills. This earned a gold medal at the 2015 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, a scholarship fundraiser for the Walla Walla Community College wine program.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 181 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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