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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 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.

Region: USA » Oregon » Columbia Valley

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Isenhower Cellars:
Seeking a life that harnessed their combined backgrounds in chemistry and business, Denise and Brett Isenhower spent two years researching where to make wine in the Western United States. Washington was selected because it is the most entrepreneurial region to craft world-class wine. In 1999 the Isenhower’s founded Isenhower Cellars in Walla Walla because it is the most attractive town in Easte... Read more
Seeking a life that harnessed their combined backgrounds in chemistry and business, Denise and Brett Isenhower spent two years researching where to make wine in the Western United States. Washington was selected because it is the most entrepreneurial region to craft world-class wine. In 1999 the Isenhower’s founded Isenhower Cellars in Walla Walla because it is the most attractive town in Eastern Washington. Denise and Brett built their winery in 2002 on six acres of farmland south of Walla Walla. The initial planting of the Isenhower Estate Vineyard was two acres of Malbec (2008) with more acreage to follow. The Isenhower‘s long-term goal is to grow half of their own grapes and purchase the remainder from their outstanding vineyard partners. Isenhower Cellars has long-term “by the acre” contracts with seven excellent vineyards whose farmers are absolutely committed to growing outstanding grapes in an environmentally sustainable manner. Denise and Brett work closely with the farmers to make wines that reflect the essence of the vineyards. All the grapes are hand picked and hand sorted prior to fermentation. Isenhower Cellars does not use modern winemaking chemicals and enzymes to make wine. White wine and Rosé are aged exclusively in stainless steel tanks to retain vibrancy and avoid oaky flavors. Red wines are aged in tight grain French Oak barrels, predominately used and impart limited oak flavors. Denise and Brett minimally rack (transfer wine from barrel to barrel) allowing the wines to age very well. Denise and Brett Isenhower produce unique wines that reflect the essence of the vineyards of Eastern Washington. The individual wines are based on Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Roussanne, and Syrah. Read less

Member Reviews for Isenhower Cellars White Rhone Blend Columbia Valley Snapdragon Roussanne/Viognier

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08/22/2008

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External Reviews for Isenhower Cellars White Rhone Blend Columbia Valley Snapdragon Roussanne/Viognier

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Source: AmericanWinery.com
07/24/2009

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.



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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