2011 Bookwalter Couplet – Review

This is a popular white wine for Bookwalter wines – it combines a little Rhone with Burgundy in this Chardonnay meets Vionier blend which has enough residual sugar on it to make it a rather nice “patio wine”.

I know of purists out there who scoff at the idea of blending these two grapes but who cares what they think, right? Wine should be fun and this a fun bottle that drinks well and I know will please a wide range of palates.

Technical Data:

  • Appellations/Vineyards: 100% Columbia Valley; 100% Conner-Lee Vineyard
  • Final Blend: 61% Chardonnay, 39% Viognier.
  • Aging: Fermented and aged in 100% stainless tanks.
  • Cases Produced: 1870
  • pH: 3.38
  • TA: .73
  • Alcohol: 13.4%
  • RS: .35%.
  • Price: $20

Nose: Lemon-drop, honeydew, cantelope, kiwi and key-lime pie with a very nice hint of banana.

Taste: A very tasty combination that combines the killer melon flavors of the chardonnay along with the citrus notes of the viognier. Beautiful integraion of the neutral oak here that creates a very nice mid palate that still retains good acid and fruit. A rather clean finish helps to make this a no-brainer white wine that’ll go with a wide variety of foods.

W.E.P. Rating: 85%