2007 Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Viognier (Previously $20)

SKU #1049118

Balance, elegance, intensity, complexity, this has everything we always hope to find in a Viognier but rarely do. The vineyards are nested among the rolling hills in the breezy Napa-Carneros region. The wine is dry and crisp, with a firm acidity, full, creamy mid-palate body and bristling acidity with striking aromas of honeysuckle, key lime, and lemon blossoms.The tell-tale fruit and floral Viognier aromatics are unmistakable, and on the palate the wine is all balance and finesse.

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 By: KLF |  Review Date: 9/20/2009 
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Heads up - this wine needs 30-60 minutes of air and to be warmer than fridge temps to fully show. Otherwise, you will miss half the experience. Also, this wine does not last overnight in the fridge...it fades surprisingly quickly.

At the wine club price of $14, this is a tremendous value, and I'm buying more. Even at the regular $20 price, this is an excellent choice for a French-styled viognier (less 'gush', more balance, acid) that is begging to be paired with food rather than served on its own.

But watch out if you are into the insanely rich, sweeter, more deeply flavored California viogniers...this isn't one of them. Pick Copain Tous Ensemble instead.
Drink from 2009 to 2010

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Viognier

- Relatively challenging to cultivate, this white grape's plantings were long limited to two appellations in the Northern Rhône - Condrieu, the better known of the two, and Château-Grillet - but its recent gains in popularity inspired plantings in the Languedoc-Roussillon, across California, as well as in parts of Australia, Italy, Spain and South America. Intensely aromatic and full-bodied, Viognier is prized for its aromas and flavors of stone fruits, d'Anjou pears and white flowers. In fact, its heady perfume wins it the honor of being a rare white varietal used in one of the world's top reds - Côte-Rôtie - where it is often planted amid the Syrah and co-fermented with that grape. The combination deepens the color of Côte-Rôtie and adds to its already deep and distinctive nose.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.