Appellation: Rogue Valley
Second-generation winemaker Herb Quady and his Barrel 42 team continue to make headlines beyond Southern Oregon with their "Pan-Rhônish" portfolio. Here, they lead off with Viognier (42%), followed closely by Marsanne (29%), usually a bit player in the blending panoply of white wines for this Rhône Valley-inspired blend that's backed by Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Vermentino. (Quady raised the profile of Vermentino, native to Sardinia, during his time at Troon Vineyard in Medford.) Quady, Brian Gruber and Nichole Schulte call it "Pistoleta," and it certainly is a singer. There's a touch of honeysuckle, lime and tropical notes in its aromas. On the palate, it's a fruit cornucopia of lime, orange, pear, mango, a slice of banana and papaya all finished off with brilliant acidity. Lees stirring and partial barrel fermentation in acacia and French oak combine to provide just a touch of pleasing roundness on the midpalate. This week, Wine Spectator's 100 Top Values List featured the Quady North 2017 GSM Rosé. This fall, the Quady North 2017 Pistoleta earned a double gold medal and best of class at the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore.
Rating: Outstanding! by Great Northwest Wine (12.5% alc.)
Cases produced: 1,700
Food pairings: This fruity, crisp and low-alcohol wine is suited for sipping, ceviche, spicy dishes or other light fare.
Quady North tasting room: 255 E. California St., Jacksonville, OR 97530