Viognier On My Mind

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wine of Chile.

Viognier.  I love it.  And I find it to be truly underrated/underappreciated.  People don’t seem to talk about it much, but that’s okay with me, more for me to drink and enjoy.  Actually, shush, maybe we shouldn’t talk about here either…wouldn’t want it to get all popular and such 😉  I chose the 2008 Casa Silva Viognier from the Colchagua Valley in Chile for tonight.  It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, and looks to retail for somewhere between $16-$20.

This wine had a beautiful nose.  It smelled of honeysuckle, apricot, peach, stone fruit, honey, spice, orange blossom, and flowers.  In the mouth I found lemon pith, apricot, peach, orange, and flowers.  Overall, the wine showed as crisp and lean in the mouth with nice acidity and lovely fruit.

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3 Responses

  1. I am with you on this one, although it is a difficult grape to grow, Viognier is somewhat underrated. This one sounds like a good one to try!

  2. I love Viognier.
    Vinomaker and me are just about to bottle our small 2008 vintage. Our friends vineyard, where we get these grapes, suffered 95% loss in the late April 2008 frost…hence the small vintage 🙂
    Miner Family make a great Viognier, as do Freemark Abbey, Pride, and Napa Valley Farms.

  3. But so worth it when they get it right Randy!

    Sounds lovely Vinogirl….good to see you round here again 🙂 I will keep my eye out for those, haven’t seen them around!

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