2021 Shepherds Mark
In the early 1900s, pioneering Sheepherders left their mark on the Horse Heaven Hills in the form of rock monuments. Many still stand along the ridgeline of our Estate Destiny Ridge Vineyard. Alexandria Nicole Cellars was the first to produce this classic Estate Rhone blend of Roussanne, Marsanne, and Viognier in Washington State and it has been our signature white wine since 2004. While this blend has been historically Roussanne-based, the warmer-than-average vintage begged for the Viognier to take lead this year. This very aromatic blend is bursting with tropical fruit, mandarin orange, pear, and some beautiful back notes of white flowers. The medium-bodied palate does a nice job of retaining elegance while showing off many different flavors including white peach, tangerine, apricot, and honeyed almonds. The finish is full and juicy with notes and textures of mineral and wet stone. This versatile wine will pair well with a variety of different foods including seafood dishes with crab and lobster, spicy Thai cuisine, cream sauces, and brie or goat cheese. Serve chilled.
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