What makes this Roussanne/Viognier blend really clever is the addition of 25% Riesling, which enhances the aromas and cuts through some of the heaviness and heat of the two Rhône grapes. This follow-up to the excellent 2004 Oriana is just as good, with lovely scents of fruit and flower, and flavors of citrus rind and ripe stone fruits. There's just enough residual sugar (.6%) to plump it up and round out the acids.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.