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Appellation: Columbia Valley
Craig and Vicki Leuthold, keyed the winemaking talent of Richard Batchelor, have grown Viognier into the second-largest production wine at Maryhill. Most of the fruit comes from the Gunkel Vineyards (41%) that surround their Goldendale winery, but Tudor Hills Vineyard in the Yakima Valley (36%) isn't far behind, and the Andrews family sites in the Horse Heaven Hills — Coyote Canyon and McKinley Springs — add some minerality. The Leutholds have been receiving gold medals for Viognier for more than a decade, and they've maintained the ripe fruit characteristic using discrete amounts of French oak while dialing down the sweetness. Hallmarks include apricot, honeysuckle and orange Creamsicle as acidity nicely balances by a bit of residual sugar. In the past decade, Maryhill has received several Platinum awards from Wine Press Northwest for its work with Viognier. And the 2016 vintage earned a gold medal the Washington State Wine Competition.
Rating: Outstanding! by Great Northwest Wine. (14% alc.)
Production: 8,291 cases
Food pairings: The Leutholds enjoy it with creamy dishes such as Chicken Alfredo or smoked salmon fettuccine.
Columbia River tasting room, 9774 Highway 14, Goldendale, WA 98620
Kendall Yards tasting room, 1303 W Summit Parkway, Suite 100, Spokane, WA 99201
Maryhill Winery, 9774 Highway 14, Goldendale, 509-773-1976, www.maryhillwinery.com.