Thursday, May 10, 2012

Exploring Wine: Viognier

Cono Sur, Bicycle Viognier, Chile, 2009, $10.00
My rating for this bottle? I would drink a few glasses. 

I have only recently heard of this varietal, viognier. It is a grape now commonly grown in Virginia but has in the past been difficult to grow world-wide due to its sensitivity to disease. This one is from Chile. I've been seeing it on menus recently and decided to share a bottle with my parents while they were here visiting.

On my first sip, I was struck by the crisp, bright (that little sparkle on your tongue), and delicate flavor. Pear or apricot were the first fruit descriptions to come to mind but it wasn't too sweet or too tart. We enjoyed drinking this bottle in our newly renovated garden with grilled kabobs and salad with pecans, cranberries, and feta.

Just like Loimer did for their Grüner Veltliner, Cono Sur provided a technical sheet for this vintage on their website. Here is the link. I found it helpful to compare my impression of the wine vs their description, after I drank it. You might want to compare your tasting notes as well.

1 comment:

  1. I love wine in general. Drink whites and reds, tend to stay away from pink's...usually too sweet. I like dry wine. My primary wine currently is Pinot Grigio, as it's nice and light and usually refreshing. But, like you have been seeing Viognier and need to put it on the let's try it out list. Currently have a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc (Pellegrini) to try out. Always fun to try something new.

    Enjoying some blog walking this morning and hope you'll swing by for a visit, the welcome mats always out.


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