A pleasing rush of peaches, apricots, orange peel and lime greets the palate, as you first taste this young Viognier from the Milbrandt Vineyards in Washington's hot climate Wahluke Slope AVA. This wine has been deftly handled, accenting the lushness of the fruit, minimizing the phenolics, and giving weight and nuance to the midpalate. There's a hint of honey and toast as well, and the 14.2% alcohol feels just right.
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.