This Viognier from the northern part of Washington's Columbia Valley AVA is as refreshing as it is balanced. Fermented in a combination of concrete egg, Acacia puncheon, stainless steel, and older French oak barrels, the wine has some interesting layers of complexity. The lead notes are honey melon and white flowers, followed by a very satisfying dose of crushed river rock and a hint of salinity. This is a serious white wine from star-in-the-making natural winemaker Jesse Skiles. 100% Viognier. 400 cases produced.
"Born and raised amongst the uncanny bounty of the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, I found myself with little choice but to explore and create with what what life here provides. Although I am a cook by heart and trade, a series of events in 2008 led me, almost by accident, to switch to crafting wines. From the beginning, my wines have been driven by locale, climate, and cuisine, while also rooted in the traditions of the historic homeland of my profession, the Rhone Valley. I hope the wines of Fausse Piste find your table, joined by friends, family, and the bounty of the land wherever you may be." - Jesse Skiles
Fausse Piste crafts wines with Rhone varietals from across the Pacific Northwest. Proprietor and winemaker, Jesse Skiles, believes in making authentic wines that are true to the vineyard, region, and climate, while never lowering his standards of production in the cellar and in the vineyards we work with. A chef by trade, Jesse fell into winemaking somewhat by accident in 2008 and the rest, as they say, is history. His resulting creations are unmanipulated, food-friendly, natural wines with balance, reflective of both the terroir and the vintage, and we're excited to share them with you.More from this winery
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I'm not a huge white wine drinker but gave this one a shot. It's floral and crisp but has hints of pineapple and is very smooth but does have a little funk to it, which I was into