||7 Hearts Vio/Rou
Rhone Valley natives viognier and roussanne have found a new home in the Northwest United States in Oregon and Washington. Similar to the climate of the Rhone, Oregon and Washington's Columbia Valley benefits from cobbled soils and the Columbia River Gorge's cooling winds. Seven of Hearts' founder Byron Dooley works with fruit from upwards of fourteen or fifteen diverse vineyards dotting the Willamette and Columbia Valleys. Here we have the wildly aromatic viognier complementing the softly textured roussanne. The blend of spends some time aging in neutral French oak barrels and offers notes of baked apple pie, dried pineapple, gooseberry and lemon. This floral winter white is a perfect pairing for NY Times' recent recipe for cauliflower gratin with leeks and white cheddar.