Feeling Uninspired

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.


3 Responses

  1. Just curious, do you know if this was 100% Viognier. I’m finding 100% Viognier’s are difficult to find, especially from the Rhône wine region. By the way, I love your blog and reviews.

  2. Hey Brian-Thanks! I don’t really know…the label says “Viognier Rhone White Wine.” I believe the shop owner said it was 100%, but I can’t confirm that based on the label.

  3. It’s supposed to be 100% viognier. In France an AOC label that indicates the variety must not have other varieties in the wine. (There are a few exceptions.)

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