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WINE PICKS : VIOGNIER

By Thom Elkjer
wine editor

TIP: With Viognier, it's best to serve wine a little warmer than your average white wine to make sure all of the bright floral aromatics aren't dulled by cold temperatures.
46°F / 8 °C
Ideal serving temperature
for Pinot Noir.

ALBAN VINEYARDS
Edna Valley 2002 ($28): this is for many the quintessential Viognier from California; dry with rich hazelnut and citrus aromas; complex peach, nectarine, citrus and hazelnut flavors; great structure and balance with a long finish.
GRIFFIN CREEK
Rogue Valley 2002 ($25): winemaker Joe Dobbes has made a definitive statement on the quality of Viognier in Southern Oregon with this explosively floral, vibrant wine with melon, peach and citrus flavors; it has great acidity and balance and a lingering finish.
JEFFERSON VINEYARDS
Monticello 2002 ($22): grown in vineyards just a mile from Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia, this Viognier has aromas of honeysuckle and peach that carry through to the palate along with hints of almonds and hazelnuts. This is a delicious wine to enjoy with a wide range of food pairings.
STAG' LEAP WINERY
Napa Valley 2002 ($25): this voluptuous Viognier has all the fullness and texture you get from barrel fermentation, as well as Viognier’s intense aromas and flavors of peach, pear, citrus and flowers; great structure and balance make for a wine you can easily enjoy with or without food.


JAN/FEB 2005
TABLE OF CONTENTS

FEATURE ARTICLES
FOOD & WINE
Braised Shoulder of Lamb
Duck Confit
Pinot On Point
Viognier, An Exotic Alternative
Winemaker: Merry Edwards
Winemaker: John Alban
Wine Picks - PINOT NOIR
Wine Picks - VIOGNIER
Value & Taste at Lodi Wineries
ON THE RADAR
SOCIAL TOAST
BITS & BITES


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