Isenhower Cellars White Rhone Blend Columbia Valley Snapdragon Roussanne/Viognier 2007

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2007 Columbia Valley Snapdragon 72% Roussanne 28% Viognier 37% Roussanne Ciel du Cheval vineyard 35% Roussanne El...

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Source: AmericanWinery.com
07/25/2009

2007 Columbia Valley Snapdragon 72% Roussanne 28% Viognier 37% Roussanne Ciel du Cheval vineyard 35% Roussanne Elerding vineyard - Alderdale 28% Viognier Ciel du Cheval vineyard Denise and I have been making variations on the unconventional theme of blending Roussanne and Viognier since 2002. We were the first Washington winery to blend the two grapes (there are a few others now; copying is the ultimate form of flattery). Various vineyards has been used in the blend. In 2007 we’ve narrowed the Snapdragon to the two best Roussanne vineyards and our best Viognier vineyard. We like a high percentage of Roussanne in the Snapdragon because Roussanne ages very well and is a better dinner partner than Viognier. So why add Viognier? The haunting and perfumed aromas of Viognier accentuates the more subtle Roussanne. Both of our Roussanne vineyards were planted with the Tablas Creek clone in 2000. As the vines age the Roussanne’s are spicer and have more minerality. Roussanne has flavors of mango, orange Peel, cardamom, and acacia and smells of white flowers. The Viognier from Ciel du Cheval is Washington’s second oldest planting (1994) and has a beautiful perfume aroma and flavors of peaches. All our white wine grapes are gently pressed “whole cluster” and fermented in only stainless steel tanks (no oak for this wine). The Snapdragon’s malo- lactic fermentation was halted mid-way to retain acidity. That is wine geek speak for the Snapdragon is a crisp, dry wine. The Snapdragon is a very flexible wine on the dinner table. Pair it with Thai curry, sushi, shellfish, halibut, gumbo, and jambalaya. We like to serve the Snapdragon at 55 F. Enjoy now through 2012.


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Winemaker's Notes:

2007 Columbia Valley Snapdragon 72% Roussanne 28% Viognier 37% Roussanne Ciel du Cheval vineyard 35% Roussanne Elerding vineyard - Alderdale 28% Viognier Ciel du Cheval vineyard Denise and I have been making variations on the unconventional theme of blending Roussanne and Viognier since 2002. We were the first Washington winery to blend the two grapes (there are a few others now; copying is the ultimate form of flattery). Various vineyards has been used in the blend. In 2007 we've narrowed the Snapdragon to the two best Roussanne vineyards and our best Viognier vineyard. We like a high percentage of Roussanne in the Snapdragon because Roussanne ages very well and is a better dinner partner than Viognier. So why add Viognier? The haunting and perfumed aromas of Viognier accentuates the more subtle Roussanne. Both of our Roussanne vineyards were planted with the Tablas Creek clone in 2000. As the vines age the Roussanne's are spicer and have more minerality. Roussanne has flavors of mango, orange Peel, cardamom, and acacia and smells of white flowers. The Viognier from Ciel du Cheval is Washington's second oldest planting (1994) and has a beautiful perfume aroma and flavors of peaches. All our white wine grapes are gently pressed "whole cluster" and fermented in only stainless steel tanks (no oak for this wine). The Snapdragon's malo- lactic fermentation was halted mid-way to retain acidity. That is wine geek speak for the Snapdragon is a crisp, dry wine. The Snapdragon is a very flexible wine on the dinner table. Pair it with Thai curry, sushi, shellfish, halibut, gumbo, and jambalaya. We like to serve the Snapdragon at 55 F. Enjoy now through 2012.

2007 Columbia Valley Snapdragon 72% Roussanne 28% Viognier 37% Roussanne Ciel du Cheval vineyard 35% Roussanne Elerding vineyard - Alderdale 28% Viognier Ciel du Cheval vineyard Denise and I have been making variations on the unconventional theme of blending Roussanne and Viognier since 2002. We were the first Washington winery to blend the two grapes (there are a few others now; copying is the ultimate form of flattery). Various vineyards has been used in the blend. In 2007 we've narrowed the Snapdragon to the two best Roussanne vineyards and our best Viognier vineyard. We like a high percentage of Roussanne in the Snapdragon because Roussanne ages very well and is a better dinner partner than Viognier. So why add Viognier? The haunting and perfumed aromas of Viognier accentuates the more subtle Roussanne. Both of our Roussanne vineyards were planted with the Tablas Creek clone in 2000. As the vines age the Roussanne's are spicer and have more minerality. Roussanne has flavors of mango, orange Peel, cardamom, and acacia and smells of white flowers. The Viognier from Ciel du Cheval is Washington's second oldest planting (1994) and has a beautiful perfume aroma and flavors of peaches. All our white wine grapes are gently pressed "whole cluster" and fermented in only stainless steel tanks (no oak for this wine). The Snapdragon's malo- lactic fermentation was halted mid-way to retain acidity. That is wine geek speak for the Snapdragon is a crisp, dry wine. The Snapdragon is a very flexible wine on the dinner table. Pair it with Thai curry, sushi, shellfish, halibut, gumbo, and jambalaya. We like to serve the Snapdragon at 55 F. Enjoy now through 2012.

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