Del Rio Vineyards 2013 Estate Viognier, Rogue Valley, $20

By on February 10, 2015

del-rio-vineyards-viognier-nv-bottleOne of Oregon’s historic sites for Rhône varieties continues to prove its mettle, and its fruitiness is preserved by a program of 98% stainless steel fermentation. Aromas of juicy melon, peach and lemon bitters lead to a delicious balance of Asian pear with more peach and melon. A tiny percentage of this lot spent eight months in acacia and oak, which adds both a floral note and a touch of roundness without getting in the way of food-friendly acidity, in spite of a warm vintage. Suggested fare includes fowl, pork and Asian-influence shrimp. Jean-Michel Jussiaume’s entry received a silver medal at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition among Viognier entries twice its price.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,185 cases

Alcohol: 13.3%

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