We’re incredibly fond of Viognier in Washington and there may not be a better one than what Dick Boushey grows in his eponymous vineyard north of Grandview in the Central Yakima Valley. At 1,200 feet, this is the highest Viognier planting in Washington and it has an amazing ability to express a delightful combination of intense floral, citrus and stone fruit characteristics, honeyed textural richness and racy minerality. We whole-cluster press our Viognier and age on gross lees for 6-8 months after fermentation, enriching the texture and expanding the mineral presence.
The 2016 Boushey Viognier has a characteristically deep gold color. The aromas are intense and complex: honeysuckle, jasmine, fresh peach, honeycomb, green papaya and slate. The palate is full and weighty, full-fruited with lemon zest, nectarine and raw honey leading into a lengthy, pith and mineral-driven finish.