At times, I drink a wine, and think, this wine is fine. Nothing wrong with it at all and I wouldn’t say no if someone offered me a glass, but it’s just not something that grabbed my attention in any way. It didn’t make me sit up and say “Wow, I love what’s going on in this glass.” And that’s fine, there’s certainly a place for those kinds of wine as not every occasion calls for deep contemplation of the wine in your glass.
Anyway. I purchased the 2007 Domaine de Couron Viognier at The Winery in downtown Alexandria while out hunting for an Albariño to take to a Spanish wine tasting. It caught my eye as something new on the shelf so I thought I’d give it a try. I think it had a a real cork, clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, and cost me $15.99.
I found the nose to be extremely aromatic, with flowers, tangerines, honeysuckle, lemon, melon, and figs. In the mouth I got minerals, stones, lemon, apricot, tart citrus, and melon. The wine showed as crisp, clean, and dry. I thought the alcohol seemed a bit high and showed a bit, especially on the nose, but did integrate as the wine warmed a bit. It is a perfectly drinkable wine, it expresses a typical Viognier profile, and it’s not a bad price. I’d drink it if someone handed me a glass.