Seven of Hearts 2012 Chatte d’Avignon Viognier & Roussanne, Columbia Valley, $18

By on November 8, 2013

seven-of-hearts-chatte-davignon-viognier-roussanne-bottle-2012A blend of two-third Viognier with one-third Roussanne, these white Rhône varieties seem to be thriving at Rattlesnake Road Vineyard in Arlington, Ore., across the Columbia River from the Horse Heaven Hills. The Roussanne spent its life in neutral French oak barrels, which allows the wine to impart notes of baked apple pie in front of dried pineapple, gooseberry and lemon. There’s a dab of butter and oak toast on the entry, followed by dried mango, grassiness, lime zest and quinine.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 196 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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