A pure varietal Roussanne, the 2007 La Vie Douce is the best of the first releases from this new Washington winery. Scents are flush with honey, sweet pineapple and apricot, and the substantial residual sugar (4.6%) is somewhat masked by acids. This is a seductive, graceful wine that would be spectacular with a peach or pineapple dessert, as long as it is not overly sweet.
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.