King Family Vineyards 2017 Viognier
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.
* Review sample provided by the winery