Brian Carter 2005 Oriana White (Yakima Valley)

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

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