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2016 Chalkstone Reserve Central Coast Viognier

2016 Chalkstone Reserve Central Coast Viognier Zoom

This rich wine offers notes of peach, nectarine, assorted tropical fruits and honeysuckle.

Varietal: Viognier Vintage: 2016
Brand: Chalkstone
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About This Wine

Several California wineries now produce varieties with historic roots in France’s Rhone Valley.

That wasn’t the case back in the mid-1980s, however, when only a few plantings of Rhone grapes could be found in California’s Central Coast region. But a handful of vintners were convinced that those varieties could work there, including Viognier — and this was at a time when Viognier plantings had shrunk to a mere 50 acres in the Rhone’s Condrieu and Chateau-Grillet areas.

Planting Viognier was a bold move, especially since Americans were drinking lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, lots of Chardonnay, and not a great deal of anything else. But Rhone varieties ultimately helped awaken American palates to new possibilities — new aromas, new flavors and new food-pairing partners.

The 2016 Chalkstone Viognier proves that those early Central Coast growers and vintners were on to something. It’s viscous, rich, full bodied, brimming with fruit flavors and has a long, satisfying, smile-inducing finish.

About Viognier

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.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:Viognier
  • Grape Source:California’s Central Coast Growing Region
  • Aromas & Flavors:Peach, Nectarine, Assorted Tropical Fruits and Honeysuckle
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2020
  • Food Pairing Suggestion:curry-rubbed chicken tagine, served over golden raisin couscous.

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