WHITE BLEND - COLUMBIA VALLEY, WASHINGTON

RAYS OF LIGHT

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The Columbia River appellation takes its name from the mighty river that cuts through the landscape of Eastern Washington on its sinuous route to the Pacific Ocean. This mighty waterway has carved fissures and canyons in the rocky plateaus of the region, leaving behind soils that are ideal for the production of fine wine, along with, in the best locations, perfect exposure to the sun’s warmth and light intensity. Rays of Light is blended from two of the state’s superstar grape varieties – Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc – resulting in a wine that is smooth, intense and long-lasting, just like the Columbia River itself.

WINE PROFILE

Rays of Light pours, fittingly, a bright golden yellow color. Subtle spice notes complement ripe scents of lemon zest, white orchard fruits and minerally river rock. Intensely flavored yet structured and tight, the spicy quality on the nose carries over to the palate, intensifying the citrus, white peach, quince and fresh herb flavors that glide effortlessly to the long, reverberating finish. Rays of Light Washington White is sophisticated and refined, and its enjoyment is heightened when paired with food.

 

FOOD COMBINATIONS

Chicken Caesar salad, poached salmon with lemon sauce, garlic parmesan pasta, shrimp Scampi, mushroom and fennel polenta, seared scallops with butter sauce.
 

RAYS OF LIGHT MAKES RIGHT

The Columbia Valley AVA is not only the largest in the state, but also home to a majority of Washington’s most highly regarded vineyards. Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering the area’s natural beauty, the hallmarks of the wines produced here are a purity of fruit and an intensity of flavor. Rays of Light Chardonnay vineyards are planted at a relatively high elevation in one of the warmer parts of the valley, ensuring consistent, even ripening and plenty of generosity in the wines. The Sauvignon Blanc is grown within a stone’s throw from the Columbia River, which work to refresh the vines, and the wines produced from these vineyards are always fresh and lively.

There is no doubt about it, the Columbia Valley is regarded by journalists, critics and connoisseurs alike as one of the premier winegrowing regions in the entire country. No small feat, considering focused winemaking in the region has only been present for about a half-century, and the AVA itself wasn’t established until 1984. Although a majority of the appellation is planted to red wine, the whites are starting to gain recognition as well, as Americans start to look for lighter-bodied, crisp and dry styles to drink with food, and that don’t suffer from excessive alcohol levels. It’s our goal with Rays of Light to illuminate the potential of this beautiful region to produce world-class white wines that never fail to shine.

 

WINE SPECS

APPELLATION: Columbia Valley, Washington

VINTAGE: NV

VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Sauvignon Blanc

WINEMAKING PROCESS: Our Sauvignon Blanc grapes are harvested early in the season, ensuring brisk, refreshing natural acidity in the blend. Our Chardonnay is harvested a few weeks later, after flavors have had a chance to fully develop, producing a deep, rich wine. Both varieties are fermented separately and aged in stainless steel until dry, before being racked, blended and bottled.

ALCOHOL: 13%

pH: 3.6

RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.04 g/L