Cayuse is really on a roll, as the inspired fanatic Christophe Baron methodically plants small plots of rock-strewn Walla Walla vineyard. Cailloux (formerly Cobblestone) was his first, and the single acre of Viognier yielded just 120 cases of wine in 2000, but what a wine! Succulent, glorious, peach-scented fruit mingles with butterscotch rum and a distinct impression of the stony, mineral “terroir” that makes the vineyard exceptional. Full malolactic fermentation and aging in neutral French oak render a Condrieu-styled Washington Viognier that ranks with the best in the country.
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.