Viognier gains strength with Northwest wine lovers

By on December 20, 2015

MOCOJO Wines 2014 Viognier, Naramata Bench, $20

mocojo-winery-viognier-2014-bottleAlberta refugees Kon and Dianne Oh have been quick learners on British Columbia’s Naramata Bench when it comes to producing stunning Viognier off their 5-acre site. They named the winery with a bit of whimsy by combining the first two letters from the name of each of their three children. This marks just their second vintage working with the white Rhône grape, which they picked on Oct. 7, and its alluring nose starts with floral notes of jasmine, orchard blossoms and white fleshy fruit. On the palate, it’s focused on fresh-cut apricot and Golden Delicious apple. It’s just a touch off-dry (0.7% residual sugar), but there is enjoyable peach pit bitterness in the finish to create terrific balance. They operate the Inn Between the Vines &B&, but they suggest pairing this with holiday turkey, Samosas with Mango Chutney, Chicken Satay, charcuterie or ribs with a fruity BBQ sauce. And this wears a gold medal from the 2015 British Columbia Wine Awards.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 216 cases

Alcohol: 12%

Winery website

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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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