Walla Walla rising with reds

By on March 13, 2018

Basalt Cellars 2016 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley, $18

Third-generation pharmacist Rick Wasem has displayed a real flair for red varieties native to the Rhône Valley, so it’s not a stretch to see the Washington State University grad produce another stellar example of Viognier from Dwelley Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley east of town near the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Lovely lemon and orange peel aromas include orange and vanilla cream. There’s roundness on the entry with flavors of Bosc pear and navel orange, backed by sweet tangerine on the midpalate and capped by enough lemony acidity and minerality for a complex finish. Enjoy with curries, vegetables roasted with Moroccan spices, butternut squash or pumpkin bisque.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 104 cases

Alcohol: 14.7%

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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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