Viognier/Roussanne, Freyja, Gard Vintners, Lawrence Estate Wines, Royal Slope, Columbia Valley AVA, Washington State, 2017, US$16

Recently I attended the 2018 Wine Media Conference in Walla Walla, Washington.

When I was doing a little legwork in advance of the event about some of the wineries we may meet with, I’d noticed a review by Stephen Tanzer on Vinous about this Viognier/Roussanne blend by Gard Vintners which he called, “Washington’s best white wine bargain.” 

Lo and behold, when we arrived in lovely little Walla Walla, which wine tasting room should I literally happen upon just two blocks from the hotel?  Gard’s, of course (there are literally dozens of wine tasting rooms in this town all within walking distance of each other).

I instantly snapped up a bottle of this US$16 mostly Viognier (64) and Roussanne (36) blend with masterfully balanced fruit and acidity – making it a crowd and food pleaser.

On the nose, this is a lovely, fresh wine with lots of white flowers, citrus zest, and stone fruit.  It’s dry but the fruit gives the impression of sweetness with good body.  Lemon balm, apricot and peach show through with more blossom on the palate for this WSET Very Good white blend.

Gard’s got a winner here – it goes with everything, it’s delicious, and it’s affordable.  Rarely do these virtues come together in one bottle.  Visit one of their three tasting rooms (in Walla Walla where these pictures were taken, Ellensburg or Woodinville), and enjoy!

About winellama

I love wine...and finally decided to do something about it.
This entry was posted in Rousanne, Viognier, Walla Walla, Washington State, Washington State, WHITE and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Viognier/Roussanne, Freyja, Gard Vintners, Lawrence Estate Wines, Royal Slope, Columbia Valley AVA, Washington State, 2017, US$16

  1. William Neilson says:

    Get me 12? Just dreaming,

    Dad

    Sent from my iPad

    >

    Like

  2. Sandy says:

    Looks like a lovely group of wine tastings

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s