Cowhorn Wines happily announced today that their 2010 Spiral 36 was named one of "America's Best Undiscovered Wine" in the February issue of Food & Wine Magazine.
I doubt it will be "undiscovered" for much longer.
Spiral 36 is a Rhone-style white blend of Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne sourced exclusively from the Cowhorn Vineyard in the Applegate Valley. The tasting notes from the website might be the most descriptive I've ever read and deserve an award all their own:
This succulent blend opens with aromas of Golden Delicious apple, lemon and mango. These fruits burst with freshness in the mouth, layered onto a vibrant foundation of baked pear and caramelized golden sugar flavors hinting at subtle oak influence from neutral and one year old French barrels. The feeling of the wine is raw silk unrolling across the palate like a wave until the flavors volatilize back into aromas that linger gently on the palate. The rich, complex personality of Spiral 36 was achieved without a secondary fermentation, and comes with refreshingly moderate alcohol.
Although sold out at the winery, you can still find a few bottles floating around local retail shelves.