Tag: Viognier

Toca Madera Winery GSM 2015, California

Light ruby/ brick in color.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blue and black fruits, light oak, alcohol, spices, chocolates, coffee and dried fruits.

Very spicy on the finish with soft tannins.

This seven-year-old is still drinking nicely, although on its last leg. I had it two years ago, and it was peaking then, but I forgot it in the cellar. (wine collector problems).

Lost its balance a bit, but showing nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, easy drinking and good by itself. I enjoyed it by the pool with a light chill.

A blend of 55% Syrah, 17% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 13% Viognier.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$32.

Sine Qua Non Stockholm Syndrome Eleven Confession Vineyard Syrah 2010, California



To celebrate my 7,500th wine review on Vivino, here is a hundred point wine from Santa Rita Hills.

Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.

On the nose black cherries, blackberries, tobacco, chocolates, light vanilla, cedar and black pepper.

Full bodied and soft, with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This 12 year old Syrah is drinking beautifully now. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great, soft mouthfeel.

Doesn’t feel like a Syrah, but it’s really delicious. Drinks more like a Napa Cabernet, which is fine with me.

This wine is so special, that it was made only in this 2010 vintage. A gorgeous Syrah from a Single Vineyard that will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Wine Advocate 100 points.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and a very nice wine to share with friends and talk about. Good right out of the bottle, rich and extracted.

Alcohol is nicely integrated by now, so you better watch out.

A blend of 96% Syrah, 3% Roussanne and 1% Viognier. Aged in all new French Oak barrels for 42 months.

15.6% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$1,000.

Halter Ranch Vineyard Adelaida District Grenache Blanc 2020 Paso Robles, California


Pale lemon in color with a golden tint.

Strong nose of citrus, yellow and green apples, earth, limes and spices.

Medium bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, river rocks, minerals, earth, spices and herbs.

Tangy finish with black pepper and almonds.

This is a nice Grenache Blanc from Paso robles. Crisp and refreshing. Fruit forward with lots of earth notes, that make it feel like a Southern Rhône White.

A good quality wine. Would be nice to revisit it in a few years and see how it evolved.

Good by itself and better with food.

A blend of 79% Grenache Blanc, 12% Picpoul Blanc and 9% Viognier. Fermented in a mix of Hungarian and French Oak barrels, and aged for 8 months. Only 950 cases produced.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$40.

Titus Vineyards Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2021, California




Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Nose of citrus, limes, green apples, pears, light spices, herbs and minerals.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, limes, spices, minerals, light grapefruits, earth and white pepper.

Tangy finish with limes and grapefruits.

This is a delicious Sauvignon Blanc From Napa Valley. Easy drinking and fruit forward.

Good by itself or with food. A great party wine and good for the pool too.

Rich and tasty. Crisp and refreshing with a nice mouthfeel.

Would be nice to revisit it in a year or two.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 96% Sauvignon Blanc and 4% Viognier. Aged in (used) French oak barrels for 4 months.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$28.

Aridus Wine Company Viognier 2019, Arizona


Dark golden in color.

Pretty nose of flowers, citrus, lemons, yellow apples, spices and white pepper.

Full bodied and creamy with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with citrus, apples, pears, light tropical fruits, honey suckle, spices and light black pepper.

Tangy finish with limes.

This is a delicious Viognier from Arizona. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity and easy drinking.

A great sipping wine. Neither bitter nor tart. Love that.

I had the 2018 last year, but this 2019 is so much better.

I had it all by itself by the lake. Delicious wine.

100% Viognier grapes from Southeastern Arizona were aged for 19 months in French oak barrels and stainless steel. A small production of only 350 cases.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$35.

Jonata Winery La Sangre de Jonata 2009 Santa Ynez Valley, California

Jonata Winery La Sangre de Jonata 2009 Santa Ynez Valley, California



Deep purple in color with a short purple rim. Not showing age at all.

Nose of black currants, cooked plums, oak, tobacco, licorice, earth, cocoa, spices, tar and wild flowers.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, dried figs, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, licorice and eucalyptus.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Syrah from Santa Ynez Valley in California. Still young, but already delicious.

Spicy, entertaining and very yummy.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime, and will probably be even better the next day.

Had it blind and could not believe that it’s a 12 year old.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Robert Parker 94 points.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

A blend of Syrah with 1% Viognier.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$150.

Handley Cellars Kazmet Vineyard Syrah 2017 Alexander Valley, California



It’s National Syrah Day today. Let’s celebrate with a wonderful one.

Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Nice nose of blackberries, black currants, light barnyard, vegetables, herbs, chocolates, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward with black currants, plums, blackberries, oak, dark coffee, earth, bitter herbs, vegetables, black pepper and tobacco leaf.

Medium plus on the finish with medium tannins and cherries.

This is a very tasty Syrah from Alexander Valley. Fruit forward and elegant with a nice mouthfeel.

Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Good by itself or with food.

This 5 year old is drinking very nicely now. Needs 2 hours to open up properly, and bring structure to the wine.

This Single Vineyard Syrah is a good quality wine, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Wine Enthusiasts 93 points.

A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. Aged in French oak barrels (20% new) for 18 months. A small production of only 570 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$28.

Sine Qua Non Entre Chien et Loup White Blend 2015, California

This is a very interesting Chardonnay based white blend from California.

Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward.

Showing citrus, ripen apples, spices, melons, light tropical fruits, oak, sea salt, mangoes, honey, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Not for everyone, but if you are looking for a different kind of wine, try this.

Spicy, tangy and very rich. Showing great complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

This 6 year old is very unique. Not my style necessarily, but interesting enough for me to enjoy it.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 44% Chardonnay, 40% Roussanne, 8% Viognier and 8% Petit Manseng. Aged for 19 months, mostly French oak barrels and some in concrete and stainless steel.

15.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$200.

Patland Estate Vineyards The Hidden Gallery Blanc Caché 2017, Napa Valley, California



This is a very tasty and unique white blend from Napa Valley.

A good quality wine that shows nice structure and balance. Tangy and easy drinking with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Showing citrus, lemons, green apples, light oak, limes, spices, minerals, honeysuckle and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Dry on the palate and refreshing.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food. Spicy with a tangy finish and nicely balanced.

Needs 45 minutes to open up, and it is worth being patient.

I had it last year and this time it is even better.

A blend of Viognier and Chardonnay. A small production of only 70 cases.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$70.

Brecon Estate Last Sandwich 2020, Central Coast, California



Pale lemon in color with a golden tint.

Strong tangy nose of limes, grapefruits, green apples, light herbs, earth, light vegetables and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, limes, vegetables, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices and black pepper.

Medium length on the finish with limes and bitter almonds.

This is a nice food wine from the Central Coast in California.

Tangy and spicy. Elegant and interesting. Feels like a Sauvignon Blanc/ Sémillon blend from Bordeaux.

I paired it with a double cream Brie cheese on the beach.

A blend of Viognier and Albariño. A small production of 261 cases.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$36.