This blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, Roussanne and Orange Muscat shows extra ripeness in 2012, reflected in both the higher alcohol and the noticeable sweetness. It's fragrant and expressive, with sweet orange peel and candied grapefruit dominating, along with slices of pineapple and apricot. The sweetness makes it a bit of a challenge with food.
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: email@example.com.