Chef-turned-winemaker Freddy Arredondo uses this often-overlooked Rhône white grape to creates a wine for a Chardonnay lover who is looking for something new and special. It’s fruit cocktail in a glass, and the flavors show off with creamy spun sugar, white peach and pear. The brightness to the finish brings a bit of fresh spritz and pushes honey-lemon preserves out to the last drop. Arredondo, a 2006 graduate of Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking program, has earned gold medals via his family’s Roussanne vines in the past, so it came as no surprise that his 2019 went gold at the 2020 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, a judging staged the first week of October at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore., on behalf of sommeliers, wine merchants and journalists from across the country.
Production: 210 cases