La Frenz Winery 2018 Wits End Vineyard Estate Viognier, Naramata Bench, $24

By on August 5, 2019

Founder/co-owner Jeff Martin and winemaker Dominic McCosker, a fellow Aussie, pulled from vines on the Naramata Bench near Penticton, British Columbia in the Okanagan Valley one of the Pacific Northwest’s top examples of Viognier. None of it saw oak, but 7% of the juice spent time in a concrete egg. The result was a wine with aromas of lime, pineapple and orange. On the palate, it reveals orange, lime, pineapple and a bit of papaya, with crisp acidity in its juicy finish. Ambrosia or Waldorf salad would pair well with it, or it’s a good nominee for a patio sipper. The Martins enjoy it with a traditional North African tagine or a saffron risotto. This was voted as best of class at the 2019 Cascadia International Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 800 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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