About This Wine
Viognier is responsible for many of the greatest wines produced in France’s Rhone Valley.
The variety is conducive to a wide array of wine styles, ranging from thick, mouth-filling and exotic to crisp, fresh and fruity. Before 1990, there were hardly any Viognier vines planted in California; today, there are around 2,000 acres devoted to the variety.
The first vines were introduced to the Golden State in the early 1980s at Calera, and Viognier continues to be that estate’s signature wine. Its 2008 vintage was priced at a hefty $30 per bottle and already is sold out. But since 1990, more Viognier has been planted around the state to meet the growing demand from Americans.
At Napa’s Pine Ridge Winery, a splash of Viognier is added to the estate’s Chenin Blanc bottling to lend additional interest. At Indian Creek, Viognier is the star, commanding a full 96% of this featured cuvee. It may never be as famous as its Rhone cousins, but it’s every bit as delicious.
Rare grape of France's Rhone valley. Produces a floral, full-bodied spicy wine. Yields vary widely and it's hard to grow in other places.
- Grape Composition:96% Viognier and 4% Other White Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:White Peach, Orange Rind, Pineapple & a Hint of Honey
- When to Drink:Now Through Mid-2012
- Food Pairing Suggestionspicy Thai or Vietnamese cuisine, or sashimi.