Viognier gains strength with Northwest wine lovers

By on December 20, 2015

Cinder Wines 2014 Off-Dry Viognier, Snake River Valley, $18

Cinder Wines makes an off-dry Viognier from Snake River Valley grapes.Melanie Krause’s winemaking skill led to her amassing eight gold medals at the Idaho Wine Competition earlier this fall, and while her Dry Viognier earned best of class, this Off-Dry Viognier showed deliciously, too. A product of Sawtooth and Williamson vineyards, she makes the pick as much as two weeks beyond the harvest for her dry version. That’s a major reason why it smells akin to nectar in the glass with aromas and flavors of peach, Bartlett pear, honey and pineapple. The finish of lemon pie and touch of residual sugar (1%) make it a hit at the tasting bar in Garden City and serves as a nice introduction to this white Rhône variety that does so well in the Snake River Valley. At Cinder, they suggest serving this with a sushi roll or Crab Rangoon.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 390 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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