Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
Horse Heaven Hills dirt farmer Jarrod Boyle shines annually with his Viognier from Crawford Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, and along the way he's turned his Shepherds Mark into one of Washington state's most sought-after white proprietary blends. This comes off his estate overlooking the Columbia River and Crow Butte Park, and he leads with Roussanne (60%), followed by Marsanne (20%) and Viognier. His 2013 Shepherds Mark won a gold medal at the 2015 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Awards, and this 2014 version is stunning, particularly so soon after botttling. It's brimming with white peach, Golden Delicious apple and orange blossom aromas. On the palate, there's nectarine, lemon chiffon and fresh-cut Gala apple notes. Tangerine acidity and Texas pink grapefruit pith in the finish provide exquisite balance. This won a gold medal at the 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition. (13.4 percent alcohol)
Cases produce: 643
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Food pairings: Try this with shellfish, including crab or scallops.
Alexandria Nicole Cellars, 2880 Lee Road, Prosser, 509-786-3497, www.alexandrianicolecellars.com.