VALUE PICKS

Rhone Whites Delight

Abacela 2011 Estate Umpqua Valley Viognier • $22 (282 cases)
Sweet fruit bursts forth with lively notes of orange and apple dipped in caramel. A hint of minerality adds to this well-balanced beauty whose rich, round flavors persist from start to finish. 

Spangler Vineyards 2011 Southern Oregon Viognier • $20 (190 cases)
Forward, fruity aromas lead into a soft yet viscous and full-bodied mouthfeel presenting stone fruit flavors complemented by fresh acidity. 

Domaine Trouvére 2011 Rogue Valley Viognier • $20 (100 cases)
The first Viognier release from Lange Estate's second label delights with counterpoints of smoke, pepper, citrus and peach. Minerality adds to a flavor marked by both fresh and complex characteristics. 

Zerba Cellars 2010  Columbia Valley Viognier • $20 (120 cases)
Floral and spice entice the nose, while a touch of sweet tangerine and vanilla bring pleasure to the taste. A hint of bergamot mint makes for an intriguing finish. 

Hawkins 201l Columbia Valley Viognier • $20 (75 cases) 
Crisp green apple greets the nose, while stone fruit and a beautiful balance of acid tantalize the palate. Full-bodied with a long-lasting finish, this white will have you wishing for more. 

Cliff Creek Cellars 2011 Southern Oregon Marsanne/Roussanne • $22 (225 cases)
A pretty, floral aroma introduces a lively, full-bodied wine with layers of flavor ranging from sweet pear and apricot to rich honeycomb with smoky overtones. A panel flavor favorite. 

Zerba Cellars 2011 Walla Walla Valley Estate Cockburn Vineyard Roussanne • $20 (98 cases)
Come-hither perfume and good acidity complement a rich, round flavor theme combining nutmeg, caramel, vanillin and oak. 

Quady North 2011  Rogue Valley Pistoleta White Wine • $19 (232 cases)

Put the three Rhone varieties — Viongnier, Marsanne and Roussane —together in equal parts and what do you get? Pistoleta; which either means a Provencal troubador or a small gun. Take your choice. This pistol sings with lime, herb, lemongrass and pink grapefruit. A soft, round mouth. Nicely balanced. Lingering finish. A better blend.

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