Otis Kenyon Wine 2013 Roussanne, Columbia Valley, $20

By on September 25, 2015

Otis Kenyon Wines NV Roussannee labelEven though co-founder Stephen Kenyon’s holdings in the Walla Walla Valley include Stellar Vineyard, longtime winemaker Dave Stephenson first tapped into Lawrence Vineyard along the Royal Slope in the Columbia Basin for this white Rhône grape with the 2011 vintage. He continues to produce this with ripe, rich and round aromas and flavors of Gala apple and pear. The luscious midpalate gives way to lemony acidity, allowing for suggested pairings of roasted chicken, shellfish and artisan cheeses. This earned a silver medal at the 2015 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, an annual judging that funds scholarships for students at Walla Walla Community College’s Center for Enology & Viticulture.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 247 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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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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