Viognier gains strength with Northwest wine lovers

By on December 20, 2015

Koenig Vineyards 2014 Estate Vineyard Viognier, Snake River Valley, $16

Koenig logo vectorSunnyslope Wine District winemaker/grower Greg Koenig recently released this debut bottling of Viognier from his estate vineyard, which marks the first time that he’s kept his Viognier block separate from his lot off nearby Williamson Vineyard. The aromatics are incredibly citrusy with hints of lemon lime, peach candy, light toast and orange blossom. On the palate, it’s a high-acid Viognier filled with flavors of Red Haven peach and lime, backed by a finish of river rock and lemon. This wine is limited to the Koenig tasting room and wine club, and it’s rare to see a Viognier made in the Pacific Northwest at this price.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 196 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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