May 052014
Cass Viognier 2013Cass Viognier 2013, Paso Robles, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 91

Looking for an alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc? Here’s the answer. A crisp mouth-feel with juicy food pairing acidity. The nose offers aromas of pineapple, citrus, minerality and hints of lime. On the palate, flavors of Meyer lemon, pineapple, white peach and enticing minerality. The same hint of lime from the nose carries over to the finish. Buy This Wine

Jul 222013
2012 Hawley Winery Viognier, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $27 – Rating 91

Hawley is a consistent producer of high quality Viognier. The flavor profile of this white wine usually sits somewhere between Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Hawley’s Viognier is fermented in neutral oak barrels giving it a softer mouth-feel with balanced acidity. A zesty nose of citrus and tropicals with flavors of citrus, white peach, minerality and the softest hint of honeycomb as it opens. A wonderful alternative to the more common whites. Buy This Wine

Apr 172013
2012 Cass Winery Viognier, Estate Grown, Paso Robles, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 91

An excellent food pairing wine, crisp mouth-watering acidity with enough balance to enjoy solo. A fresh nose of citrus, tangerine and pineapple with just a hint of lime leading to a tantalizing flavor profile including citrus, pear , ripe pineapple and a note of honeycomb. The tiny kiss of sweetness on the finish balances the acidity. Buy This Wine

Aug 092012
2010 Villicana Winery & Vineyard Viognier, Paso Robles, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 88

An invitingly creamy nose that offers the palate crisp flavors of peach, citrus and apple with notes of tangerine and minerality. A round mouth-feel with food friendly mouth-watering acidity.

Jun 032012
2011 Abacela Viognier, Estate Grown, Umpqua Valley, OR, $22 (S) – Rating 90

This Oregon Viognier presents aromas of pear and spice. Flavors abound with pear, apple, apricot, pineapple with a hint of honeycomb and minerality. The wine offers up good acidity but still has a pleasantly round mouth-feel. Buy this Wine

May 012012
2011 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier, California, $14 (S) – Rating 90

Each year a favorite go-to summer sipper at a great price. 79% Chenin Blanc provides crisp acidity while 21% Viognier adds structure and depth. Opens with a nose of lemon creme pie combined with flavors of pineapple, tropicals, Meyer lemon, stone fruit, light spice, floral herbal notes and a hint of flintiness with a touch of sweetness. Try with spicy Thai food.

Dec 282011
2009 Lava Cap Reserve Viognier. El Dorado, CA, $30 (S) – Rating 90

An excellent example of California Viognier from Lava Cap Winery and a wonderful Chardonnay alternative. Rich flavors of ripe pineapple, honeysuckle, vanilla and peach enhanced by a touch of crême brulée and minerality. A bit of zippy acidity adds complexity and makes for better food pairing.

Sep 052011
2010 Illahe Viognier, Oregon, $16 – Rating 91

A beautiful example of Oregon Viognier from Illahe Vineyards. Round flavors of ripe pineapple, honeydew melon, and citrus with hints of peach. An aromatic nose and soft acidity add to the complexity. Viognier is a great alternative to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. It pairs very well with summer meals and grilled white meats.

Jul 272011
2010 Cass Winery Viognier, Estate Grown, Paso Robles, CA, $26 – Rating 91

On a recent wine excursion to Paso Robles we found Cass Winery and we were glad we did. Cass has created a lovely expression of Viognier from estate fruit. Refreshing, with a creamy round mouth-feel and integrated flavors of white peach, apple, tropicals and a hint of honeycomb. The finish includes a touch of minerality and acidity that  entices the palate.

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Jul 272011
2010 McPherson Cellars Viognier, Texas, $14 – Rating 90

Year after year McPherson Cellars creates one of the best Texas Viogniers, if not one of the best in the U.S. A  fruit forward dry wine with well integrated flavors of peach, honeydew, tropical fruits with a hint of apple and enough acidity to for perfect food pairing. We love this wine with shellfish, grilled white fish and especially Thai food.

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