King Family Vineyards 2017 Viognier

91 points

Shows aromas of sweet lemon and kiwi that are accented by hints of underripe peach, white flowers and the faintest note of caramelized sugar.

Medium-bodied and slightly glycerin in feel, the palate starts of citrusy but then delivers just-ripe peach and floral flavors. There is a hint of phenolic bitterness at the very end of the finish that further enhances what is already a wonderful texture and feel. The acidity is fresh but also well integrated -- which lengthens the finish.

Virginia viognier can be very hit and miss -- but this one is a standout and a terrific summer wine that has all the fresh, sunny brightness you could want as well as subtle richness and complexity that will pair with a wide range of foods.

Make sure you don't drink this wine too cold. The peach qualities really blossom as it warms just a bit from refrigerator temperature.

Producer: King Family Vineyards
Region: Monticello AVA (Virginia)
Blend: 90% Viognier, 10% Petit Manseng
Winemaking: Fermented/aged in 63% stainless steel, 21%in neutral French oak, 10% in acacia barrels and 6% in concrete. 1/3 of the wine went through malolactic fermentation.
Production: 1384cases
Price: $27*

* Review sample provided by the winery

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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