Viognier (pronounced vee-own-yay) is most well known as the rich and exotically perfumed white wines of the Condrieu and Château-Grillet regions of northern Rhône.
This is not a wine in danger of oversaturating the market – the grape is difficult to grow correctly, and the winemaking process requires a deft hand. A low-yielding variety, Viognier must reach a peak of maturity in order to display its extraordinary aroma and character. It has been known to hang on the vine even after leaves are gone, and sometimes the yield is lost to early frost.
This Viognier is sourced from Crawford Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, which is a part of the flood-shaped, volcanic landscape of the Columbia Valley. Basalt deposits are overlaid with a topsoil of sandy loam, deposited over time by ancient floods and the region’s strong winds.
The resulting Viognier is dry and complex, full-bodied with distinctive aromas of peaches, apricots, orange blossoms, and honeysuckle. If struck by inspiration, pair with roasted chicken, rich cheeses, and Indian food.