2019 Cairdeas Winery Nellie Mae white blend

2019 Cairdeas Winery Nellie Mae white blend

Lawrence Vineyard,
Royal Slope,
Columbia Valley,

14% alcohol

Cork closure

67% Viognier, 33% Roussanne

According to their website, “Cairdeas (we say ‘Cardis’) is an ancient Gaelic word meaning friendship, goodwill, or alliance.” Winery owners Charlie & Lacey Lybecker founded Cairdeas Winery in 2009 based on these qualities, all incredibly significant to them. The Nellie Mae white blend is comprised of Viognier and Roussanne, both grown in the Lawrence Vineyard in Washington’s Royal Slope AVA.


I smelled tropical and citrus notes of pineapple guava, mandarin oranges, green mangos, tangerines, and nectarines. A second whiff revealed a minerally aroma of wet cement, along with bubble gum and toasted marshmallows.


Owner/winemaker Charlie Lybecker likes texture so he left the skins (called sur lees) on both the Roussanne and Viognier until it was time to blend the final wine. As a result, this wine had the texture of lemon pudding and fuzzy peaches! That full, enveloping mouthfeel tasted of pineapple guava, lemon zest, passionfruit, white ginger, and marzipan. If you’re looking for a white wine with the weight of red wine, this is it!  

Food pairing suggestions:

Vegetable stir fry with tofu, pork or chicken // ham and cheese quiche // halibut fish tacos

SRP $24

The winery is sold out of this vintage but you might find it online or at your favorite wine shop or grocer. Otherwise, look for the new vintage to be released very soon.


Follow these links to read more about the Royal Slope AVA and the wines made from there:

Royal Slope, Washington wine’s crowning jewel

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2017 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Syrah 

2019 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Viognier 

2016 Baer Winery Arctos Cabernet sauvignon 

2019 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sauvignon blanc

2018 Cairdeas Winery Concrete Syrah

2018 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Chardonnay

2016 Baer Winery Ursa

2019 Cairdeas Winery Roussanne

2017 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Cabernet sauvignon

2019 Cairdeas Winery Nellie Mae

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