Tag: Viognier

Jack Simon Vineyards Viognier 2018 San Diego County, California

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

On the nose limes, grapefruits, green apples, vegetables and spices.

Light to medium in body with high acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with citrus, limes, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, vegetables and white pepper.

Nice and easy finish with tangy limes.

This is a nice white wine from California. Tastes more like an old world white actually.

Doesn’t show like a Viognier at all.
Earthy with mild complexity. Tangy and refreshing.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of cheeses and fresh fruit. Really good with Brie and Gorgonzola cheeses.

100% Viognier grapes. Stainless Steel fermented and then aged for 8 months in natural vessels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$23.

Azari Winery CorkScrew Luma Rouge 2011, California

Dark inky in color with a short and cloudy, deep brick rim.

Fruity nose of plums, cherries, wood, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, herbs, light vegetables, vinaigrette, tobacco and diet cola.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, vinaigrette, vegetables, tobacco, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Syrah blend from Sonoma County. Tangy and spicy with lots of black fruits. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel.

This 8 year old is not from the best of vintages, and over the hill by now, but very tasty nonetheless.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (2 hours).

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$35.

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc – Viognier 2017, California

Very pale straw in color.

On the nose, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, grass and minerals.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with citrus, limes, green apples, grapefruit juice, bitter almonds and spices.

Medium plus on the finish with grapefruits.

This is a simple white blend from California. Tastes like a California Sauvignon Blanc, actually. I couldn’t get neither the Viognier nor the Chenin Blanc.

A little bitter for my taste on the finish, but the food and company made it all better.

I paired it with an organic roasted beet salad with pistachios and Manchego cheese.

A blend of 83% Chenin Blanc and 17% Viognier.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

84 points.

$13.

Shirah Wine Company Murmur Syrah 2016 Santa Barbara County, California

Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity on the nose with black plums, red cherries, black currants, earth, chocolates, licorice, vanilla, oak, spices, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Full-bodied, smooth and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked plums, wood, mint, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, chocolates, peppercorn, hazelnut, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, spices and tobacco.

Medium plus on the finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Syrah from Santa Barbara County, California. Spicy, interesting and fruit forward with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Still young and a little hot right now, which will go away with time. Will be better in the next 5 years and could be a 92+ wine.

This single vineyard Syrah is good by itself or with food. Needs an hour to open up properly and remove some of the acidity.

A blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier. Aged for 22 months in French Oak barrels (25% new). Kosher for Passover.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$55.

Crux Winery Grenache Blanc Russian River Valley 2016 Sonoma County, California

Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.

Light nose of lemons, citrus, grapefruits, pears, green apples, minerals and white pepper.

Medium-bodied with medium plus acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, lemon juice, light grapefruits, citrus, green apples, spices, herbs and light vegetables.

Medium plus on the finish with spices and bitter almonds.

This is an interesting white wine from Russian River Valley. Nice and refreshing and feels more like an old world wine than a California white.

Good by itself and better with food like oysters. I paired it with a cheese plate and crackers.

A blend of 90% Grenache Blanc and 10% Viognier. Unfiltered.

13.3% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$30.

Westerly Wines Côte Blonde 2014 Santa Ynez Valley, California

Deep purple in color with a short purplish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, vanilla, earth, vegetables chocolates, coffee, beef jerky, bell pepper, vinaigrette, light barnyard, dust, smoke and peppercorn.

Full-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, black currants, sweet raspberries, cherries, wood, licorice, bitter herbs, spices, light vegetables, dark chocolates, alcohol, graphites, earth, tobacco and peppercorn.

Long and spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Syrah from Santa Ynez Valley in California. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Drinks way easier than it should, with all that alcohol, but still a little hot at the back of the throat. This is not a wine for the faint of hearts… Showing great complexity on the nose.

Needs an hour in a decanter to open up properly and remove some of the stinky nose. After an hour, it changes every 20 minutes. I love these kind of wines. Too bad it’s my last bottle.

I had it 6 months ago, and it is already drinking better. Will age nicely in the next three to five years, and will probably get to 94 points.

Good by itself as a sipping wine and good with food. I paired it with Brie cheese.

A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (70% new).

15.7% alcohol by volume!

91 points.

$45.

Rideau Vineyard Los Olivos District Viognier 2016, California

Light golden in color with a yellow hue.

Strong and fruity nose with citrus, wood, white flowers, grapefruits, tropical fruits, light vanilla, minerals, white pepper and spices.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry and fruity on the palate with lemons, citrus, pears, kiwi, spices, oak, grapefruits, vanilla, herbs, peppercorn and light vegetables.

Long finish with spices and a touch of banana bread at the very ending.

This is a nice surprise. A great Viognier from California. Well balanced and spicy, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (20 minutes).

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a very light brie cheese.

Has high alcohol and it’s not noticeable at all, which really surprised me (in a good way).

Aged for 10 months in French oak barrels.

15.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Les Chevaux Red Blend 2014, Washington State

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Very fruity nose of blackberries, black cherries, raisins, figs, wood, light vanilla, licorice, coffee, mocha, milk chocolates, earth and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry to off dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coffee, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice red blend from Washington State. Balanced with mild complexity. Has some residual sugar, and might be too sweet for some. I had it chilled, and that was better.

Good right out of the bottle, but better after 90 minutes in a decanter. This won’t last too long, so if you have this 4 year old blend, drink up.

A blend of 63% Syrah, 33% Merlot and 4% Viognier.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$14.

Newton Vineyard Skyside North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California

It’s time for my Friday’s Cabernet fix. This week it’s one from California.

Dark ruby in color with a purple rim.

A typical nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, plums, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, vanilla, earth, coffee, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, oak, black cherries, plums, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, graphite, earth, peppercorn, leather, tobacco and chocolates.

Medium on the finish with firm tannins, spices and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Cabernet from the North Coast AVA. Nice and balanced with mild complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly and show some tannins, but good right out of the bottle.

14% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$20.

Westerly Wines Côte Blonde 2014 Santa Ynez Valley, California

A very pretty color of dark ruby with a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose of bing cherries, black currants, blueberries, wildflowers, sweet raspberries, wood, licorice, mint, graphite, earth, light barnyard, vegetables and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, oak, vanilla, bitter herbs, pencil lead, spices, green vegetables, black olives, tobacco leaf, earth and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins, spices and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Syrah from Santa Barbara County, California. Well balanced and complex with nice fruits and earthy notes all intermingled.

Needed an hour and a half to open up properly. Drinking nicely now, but will be nicer in the next couple of years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, olives and jams.

A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Unfiltered and unfined.

15.7% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$45.