May 152011
2009 Deep Sea Viognier, Santa Barbara County, CA, $26 (S) – Rating 4.0

Bring on the summer. This Viognier by Deep Sea Wines is an elegant yet sexy wine ready for the patio. The flavors of stone fruit, pear, white peach, riverstone and a flinty minerality are well integrated with a soft floral nose into a wine you won’t ignore. Partial oak aging adds to the complexity and adds a richness to the mouthfeel.

May 032011
2010 McPherson Cellars Viognier, Texas, $15 – Rating 4.1

McPherson Cellars Viognier is a stellar example of why Viognier is the perfect dry white wine grape for Texas. Think warm Texas evening under the oaks with a chilled wine stem  brimming with flavors of citrus, honeysuckle and orange blossom with a touch of oak with a light Hill Country peach finish. This Viognier pairs wonderfully with spicy Thai food.

Apr 122011
2009 Seven Hills Viognier, Talcott Vineyard, Columbia Valley, WA, $20 – Rating 85

A pleasant Viognier but a bit delicate and thin on flavor for my palate. A nice patio sipper on a hot afternoon.