The attack is sharp, hot, with an edge of bitter citrus rind; a bit untraditional for Viognier, which so often is floral and softly seductive. This is a big, hard, assertive wine, bracing and flavored with orange peel. Lots of tannin and extract indicate high (over 14%) alcohol. —P.G.
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.