Vanessa Vineyard Viognier 2017
90 points – The 2017 growing season in the Similkameen Valley was atypical: the spring was cool and late, constraining the crop, as did a summer of drought. A perfect fall saw a small but ripe crop come to the winery. Vanessa is a spectacular, west/southwest hillside vineyard set on mostly rocky soils that take on the daytime sun and heat and release it all night long. The pick was late at October 16, but the fruit was magnificent. A long, cool ferment yielded a rich powerful, exotic style of viognier reminiscent of ripe peaches, baked apples and highly aromatic honeysuckle, but with enough acidity and minerality to remain vital. Well done and ready to drink. The winery suggests a match of baked brie and apricots and I am in.