Tightrope Winery 2015 Tip-Toe, Okanagan Valley, $22

tightrope tip-toeThe Okanagan Valley of British Columbia and the Alsace seem to share enough climatic conditions to make them both ideal for Germanic white wines. Tightrope Winery near Penticton exploits that, then draws on traditional French grapes as well, combining Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Viognier and Chardonnay into its 2015 Tip-Toe blend. The result is an aromatic mix of rose petal, lychee and spice. On the palate, lychee and lime combine with tropical flavors of papaya and melon, then apricot and ginger. It is, as the back label says, “A journey of balance, skill and experience, one step at a time.” This earned a double gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 544 cases

Alcohol: 12.6%

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