Tag: Viognier

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.

Aridus Wine Company Viognier 2018, Arizona



Yellow in color with a light golden hue.

Pretty nose of citrus, lemons, apples, light apricots, white flowers and light honey.

Medium plus in body and refreshing, with medium acidity.

Very dry on the palate with grapefruits, pears, melons, spices and white pepper.

Tangy finish with limes.

This is a nice and easy drinking Viognier from Arizona. Crisp and refreshing. Nicely balanced with a soft mouthfeel.

A good pool wine and good for parties.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and smoked salmon.

12.7% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$28.

Gonnet La Font Du Vent Côtes du Rhône Blanc Les Promesses 2020, France

Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Nose of citrus, limes, green apples, white flowers, honey, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices and white pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with green apples, grapefruits, citrus, spices, sea salt, earth, black pepper, bitter herbs and river rocks.

Tangy and earthy finish with bitter almonds.

This is a nice white blend from Côtes du Rhône. Easy drinking, refreshing, and good right out of the bottle. Shows an interesting nose.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and crackers. Paired very nicely with smoked white fish.

A blend of 40% Viognier, 20% Clairette, 20% Grenache Blanc and 20% Roussanne. Aged in stainless steel and concrete vats for 7 months. Organic and Vegan.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$17.

Nana Estate Winery Osher Syrah 2015, Israel

Deep purple in color with a wide reddish rim.

Very flowery nose of blueberries, sweet strawberries, plums, violets, light wood, dark chocolates, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, plums, light wood, licorice, earth, spices, leather, tobacco, espresso, light cola and peppercorn.

Spicy long finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is such a nice Syrah from Israel. Nicely balanced, tangy and fruit forward. Showing a soft mouthfeel with nice complexity.

Elegant and enjoyable by itself or with food. As it opens up, earth and vegetable notes show up.

I coravined it almost 3 years ago and really enjoyed it, but figured it needs a few years to mature in the bottle. Now it is drinking wonderfully right out of the bottle, which wasn’t the case then.

Nice to see that this time, the coravin worked for this long, although I’ve had many others that didn’t last, even after a few months.

I paired it with a few different Brie cheeses and nuts.

A blend of 96% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit verdot. Aged for 21 months in French Oak barrels.

15.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$55.

Anarchist Wine Company Rage Against the Machine 2018, California

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, blackcurrants, oak, licorice, earth, light vegetables, spices, tobacco and chocolates.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, bitter herbs, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice and easy drinking red wine from the North Coast in California. Fruit forward with mild complexity.

Still young and needs a couple of years in the bottle to mature.

Good by itself and better with food.

A good everyday wine that paired nicely with meats and cheeses.

A very interesting blend of Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest is Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Gewürztraminer, Viognier and Zinfandel. A small production of less than 200 cases.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$42.