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.