Friday, April 26, 2013

Wine of the Week - McKinley Springs 2010 Viognier


An almost elegant and very affordable Washington Viognier.

McKinley Springs makes wine from their 2000 acre estate vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. They make wine in a style I appreciate and price their wines competitively. As I've mentioned in previous posts, I continue to be impressed by McKinley Springs wines. My first exposure to McKinley Springs was February 2012 after a recommendation by a gentleman I met at a local winery; it pays to visit with your fellow wine tasters. Thank you friend.

McKinley Springs 2010 Viognier tasting notes day one:
Color: Pale straw
Nose: Toasty, peach skin, orange peel.
Palate: Almost elegant, creamy, clean, fresh, coats the tongue with flavor, ginger, melon, tangerine, almost tart on the finish.

Tasting notes day two:
Comparable to day one, lovely mouth feel, bright with a tart core, apricot on the finish.


This Viognier is a well executed wine; as I noted on day one, it is an almost elegant wine. This would be an outstanding wine for chilling with friends or getting the party started and is well suited for food too. 

At $16 SRP this wine is a fantastic value. Pair with shrimp, crab, or a lobster salad. 

This would be a lovely wine for a wedding reception too - it is that time of year. Recommended.


AVA: Horse Heaven Hills, blocks 12 and 13, estate planted in 2003
100% Stainless steel fermentation sur lie
ABV 13.8%
Closure: Screw cap
SRP: $16.00
Cases produced: 548
Sample provided by the winery

McKinley Springs Winery
Tasting Room is open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend.
1201 Alderdale Road
Prosser, WA 99350
509-894-4528
www.mckinleysprings.com
twitter: @mckinleysprings

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About McKinley Springs

The children and spouses of Louise and Bob Andrews, established McKinley Springs Winery in 2002 with a goal of producing balanced, flavorful wines offering excellent value. Rob Andrews, Grower, tends to the vineyards and Doug Rowell, Winemaker, oversees production at McKinley Springs. Together they make wines, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chenin Blanc.

McKinley Springs grows over 20 varietals on its 2000 acre estate vineyard in the southern part of Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills. McKinley Springs also supplies 25 noted area wineries with grapes, including Andrew Rich, Northstar, Syncline, Hogue and Columbia Crest. The Horse Heaven Hills AVA is bordered in the north by Yakima Hill, to the south by the Columbia River, and surrounded by the larger Columbia Valley appellation. The winds from the Columbia River protect against vine diseases and provide a cooling effect that concentrates fruit flavors, while the south facing slopes provide optimum growing conditions.

Cheers!