Smasne Cellars 2011 Upland Vineyard Viognier

February 16, 2014 

Appellation: Snipes Mountain, $15

It's not common to find a dynamic Viognier at such a price point, but Robert Smasne prices many of his white wines in this range. Tropical fruit aromas are joined by ginger, citrus, creek stone and Lily of the Valley blossom. It shows typicidy on the palate with orange Creamsicle flavors, but there's noteworthy lemony acidity from beginning to end. In the middle is a hint of lanolin along with starfruit. Rated "Outstanding!" by Great Northwest Wine. (13.5 percent alcohol)

Price: $15

Cases produced: 221

Food pairing: Enjoy with cheese plates, mild curry dishes and halibut topped with a mango salsa.

Smasne Cellars, 3617 Plaza Way, Kennewick, 509-783-9915, www.smasnecellars.com

-- Great Northwest Wine

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