Baby it's hot outside!
We are well on track for a warmer than usual growing season. Yes, it is hot. Thankfully, every business I visit in the Columbia Valley has AC. At home too. Earlier this week I was in Seattle for a couple of days. Surprising how many businesses do not have AC in the Emerald city. If you are seeking respite from the summer heat, I recommend the Stottle Winery Viognier. Serve with or without AC. Thank me later for recommending this wine. Enjoy and keep cool.
Tasting Notes Stottle Winery 2012 Viognier Eldering Vineyard
Color: Straw/pale gold.
Nose: Pear, fresh baled hay.
Palate: Medium-full body, creamy, pear skin, almost tart, hint of heat. Tingle on the lips. Medium pear skin finish.
After 10 minutes: Pear, Honeydew melon, river rock, nutty on nose. Creamy mouth feel, mild pear, mild tartness back palate, river rock on the long pear finish. Modest wine at open, finish dominant and enjoyable, lingered and lingered.
30 minutes: Spicy, melon-pear nose, grass adds nice lift, inviting. Front palate delivering melon-pear, herbal, dry with proper acid across the tongue. Not as creamy, brightness showing, appealing drinking wine. Fresh finish made me want another glass. Like.
Day two: Toasty, mineral nose, think ozone, fresh spring rain, river rock and honey. Bright pear with kiwi, hints of honey and melon on the finish. Serve chilled and enjoy with shrimp salad, steamed crab, steamed clams, Tilapia and Halibut. Very good.
Thoughts: Buy a case and enjoy over the next five years. Showed even better on the second day. Hit all my buttons. Recommended.
Blend: 98% Viognier & 2% Roussanne
AVA: Yakima Valley
Vineyards: Viognier Elerding Canyon & Roussanne Marcella vineyards
Closure: Natural cork
Sample provided by the winery
Stottle Winery & Tasting Room
2641 Willamette Dr NE, Suite C
Lacey, WA 98516
Spring/Summer Hours: Wed – Sun : 12pm – 6pm
Fall/Winter Hours: Wed - Sun : 12pm - 5pm
Open most Monday Holidays - Closed Easter Sunday
Stottle Winery was founded by Amy and Josh Stottlemyer. Winemaker Josh Stottlemyer is the force behind the wines of Stottle Winery. After selling his web development and internet marketing firm he took his passion for wine to the Northwest Wine Academy in Seattle. Where he completed their 2 year winemaking program. Josh also holds a bachelors of science from the University of Minnesota where he studied chemical engineering and geology. Stottle Winery and main tasting room is located in Lacey, Washington just off I-5 and north of the state capital, Olympia.