Secret Squirrel White Wine

Secret Squirrel White Wine


Secret Squirrel 2015 White Wine, Walla Walla Valley AVA, Washington State Wine

Secret Squirrel's new white wine is a blend of traditional Rhone grape varieties Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, and Clairette Blanche - not unlike a Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc. They age the wine for 11 months in a combination of neutral French oak barrels, concrete eggs, and stainless steel. If you've had the Tranche "Slice of Pape Blanc" white blend and like it, I'm betting you'll enjoy this one as well, at almost half the price. The Secret Squirrel White Blend has lovely aromas of orange blossoms, white peaches, and cracked stones. The palate is medium bodied, as Rhone grapes tend to be more weighty than say Sauvignon Blanc or even Chardonnay, even in this case where no new oak is used. The texture is very soft, and there are flavors of apricots, bosc pears, galangal root, with hints of cracked white pepper and roasted nuts. It finishes dry and clean, with a little minerality.

We've been offering the Secret Squirrel wines since they first released a few years ago. Their red wines have been my most popular Impulse features by far, and now they've seen it fit to add a white wine to their repertoire. 

A quick recap on Secret Squirrel: They are owned by the same people who own and operate Corliss Estates and Tranche Cellars, and all of the grapes used for Secret Squirrel come from the same estate vineyards used for the company's upper tier wineries, in this case their Estate Blue Mountain Vineyard in Walla Walla.

  • Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington State Wine
  • Vineyard(s): Corliss Estate Blue Mountain Vineyard
  • Grape(s): Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, Clairette Blanche
  • Aging: Fermented and Aged for 11 Months in Neutral French Oak Barrels, Concrete Eggs and Stainless Steel
  • Drinkability: Now through 2019
  • Body: Medium
  • Drink if you Like: Maison Bleue, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Tranche Slice of Pape
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