Before we called it Façon Blanc, this Rhone-inspired white wine was referred to as Ambiance. For the 3rd edition of Ambiance, winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla was inspired by the lovely white wines from Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhone region of France. Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Roussanne all bring their unique characteristics to the wine to create a special atmosphere of pure enjoyment.
The 2011 Summer season featured cool daytime weather in June and July due to a greater than normal influx of Pacific air into the Northwest. Despite delayed ripening due to the historical cool Summer, the Northwest began to warm in August. September and October were nearly optimal, with warm, dry days allowing for prolonged hang time. Patience paid off and we were rewarded with a fully ripened crop.
Grenache Blanc: 100% Boushey Vineyard (Yakima Valley)
Roussanne: 100% Alder Ridge Vineyard (Horse Heaven Hills)
Viognier: 100% Alder Ridge Vineyard (Horse Heaven Hills)
Marsanne: 100% Boushey Vineyard (Yakima Valley)
Each varietal included in the 2011 Ambiance brings its unique characteristics to the wine. The Grenache Blanc brings a spicy core, bright citrus and pretty acids. Marsanne contributes the powerful structure of this wine with honeydew and hints of citrus, while adding the Viognier gives the wine lush tropical fruits. Finally, the pretty Roussanne imparts a touch of elegance and "je ne sais quoi". Light hints of oak emerge from aging in neutral French oak barrels.
A full-bodied wine with balanced acids and an elegant, lingering finish.
NOSE: orange peel, starfruit, apricot
MOUTH: spicy core, bright citrus, honeydew, tropical fruits
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: grilled mussels, lemon roasted chicken, prawn fettuccini alfredo or grilled baby lobster tail