Viognier gains strength with Northwest wine lovers

By on December 20, 2015

Fujishin Family Cellars 2014 Reserve Viognier, Snake River Valley, $16

Fujishin Family Cellars Reserve Viognier bottleSnake River Valley native Martin Fujishin makes his wines within a mile of Bitner and Williamson vineyards, and Viognier from both spent three months on oak without undergoing malolactic fermentation. That approach makes for fresh tropical fruit aromas with hints of orange Creamsicle, lemon, peach blossom and a hint of minerality. On the palate, it features bone-dry flavors of peach, melon and orange zest that lead to a finish of orange marmalade and grapefruit pith. Suggested pairings include shellfish, chicken salads and mild cream-based curries.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 113 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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