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2017 Cayuse Cailloux Vineyard Viognier

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

95Jeb Dunnuck

...It has beautiful purity and freshness, with attractive tart pineapple, pear, white flower, and a gorgeous salinity on the finish. Medium-bodied, so pure and seamless...

93The Wine Advocate

...Dusty florals with soft peach and fresh lemon tones can be found on the nose. Medium to full-bodied... focuses on precision and balance, which tames some of the Viognier's naturally robust structure so that the expression is not overdone. It ends with a long and thoughtful finish, showing impressive restraint and finesse...

93Wine Enthusiast

...aromas of freshly cut white peach, nectarine, wet stone and honeysuckle lead to intensely flavorful peach and apricot notes that retain a sense of deftness.... It brings impressive energy, balance and intensity...

REGION

United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley

Walla Walla Valley AVA likes to call itself the Napa Valley of Washington, and given the concentration of well-reviewed wineries in the appellation, the comparison is understandable. The Walla Walla appellation is comprised of 340,000 acres, of which 1,200 acres are vineyards. Walla Walla is located in the southeastern corner of Washington and it extends slightly into northeastern Oregon. It is named after the Walla Walla River Valley, and the city of Walla Walla is the commercial center of Washington’s wine industry. The city was founded in the 1840s by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a trading post, but as early as the 1850s farmers were planting grapes for winemaking. Prohibition shuttered winemaking in the early 20th century, but a winemaking renaissance started in the 1970s when Leonetti Cellars, still one of the state’s most acclaimed wineries, started producing acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon. Walla Walla’s AVA status was awarded in 1984 and today there are more than 100 wineries. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most frequently planted grape, followed by Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese Chardonnay and Viognier.

TYPE

White Wine, Viognier

This is a full-bodied white variety has plenty of natural aromatics such as peach and violets. It’s a low yielding fruit, so it is grown for its taste over its economics. Viognier is considered an ancient grape and an early favorite of the Roman emperors.