Brian Carter produces just one white wine under his eponymous brand, and he named it for the Latin term for “golden lady.” Primarily a Rhône blend, it leads with Viognier (49%) and Roussanne (41%) with some Riesling to boost the fruit profile. It’s well-measured as it rolls out fresh peach, guava and nectarine, but wet stone and minerality give it a spot at the dining table rather than just the back patio. Enjoy it with scallops on a bed of mushroom risotto alongside market vegetables. Award: Savor NW (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 95 points
Production: 764 cases