TruthTeller Winery 2015 Frolic Viognier, Yakima Valley, $20

Kirkland real estate exec Chris Loeliger began his journey into wine while he and his wife were living in Texas. Among the lessons this new Woodinville winemaker’s learned at South Seattle Community College’s Northwest Wine Academy was where to source fruit, and his knowledge shows with this remarkable production from Joe Hattrup’s stunning Elephant Mountain Vineyards from the Rattlesnake Hills above the Yakima Valley. A 60/40 blend of stainless steel and neutral French oak fermentation provides a stunning trail of peaches and oranges from nose to finish. The sweet oak aromas give way to jasmine and Golden Delicious apple. A spine of lemon runs through the rich midpalate and bright finish of orange zest. Elephant Mountain Vineyards ranks among Washington’s premier sites for Rhône varieties, and TruthTeller provides more proof of that.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 102 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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