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