Viognier isn't a wine you see made in every Long Island winery, though the white grape is long famous for producing perfumy whites across the world, and even being used to add aromas to a few reds.
is currently selling its 2009 estate grown, steel fermented Viognier.
On the nose, the wine shows fresh floral aromas of ripe apricot and zingy lime with a touch of clove and dried orange rind.
The wine is a touch spritzy on the palate, reminiscent of a Vinho Verde, a tart white from Portugal. But the flavors are far more bold. Orange peel, lemongrass and nectarine are balanced with a quarry of mineral notes. Bright, long acid lingers on the lemony finish.
Like many of the 2009 whites I've tried, the cooler vintage yields refreshing whites with good balance between fruit and acid. I'm curious to see how hot and long 2010 vintage changes this wine.
Verdict: Fun, refreshing stuff. Definitely for summer.