Weekly Sip: Twisted Oak Canterbury Viognier 2005

Located in Gold Country, where the 49’ers (not the football team) sought riches long before the weekly lottery, sits Calaveras County, California . To its credit are the California Gold Rush and a very popular short story published by Mark Twain about jumping frogs and a race. Quiz time; anyone know the name of this famous short story?

Twisted Oak rubber chicken plays with cork

Calaveras County also plays host to fine wine, and in this case a fine Viognier she is. The Twisted Oak Canterbury Vineyard Viognier 2005 is a single vineyard, fuller bodied, lush and rich example. Indeed she can be described as voluptuous and perfumed, with pleasant aromas of peach, citrus, vanilla and floral notes. The aromas transcend through to the palate with rich and creamy flavors of peach, vanilla, sweet oak and hints of nuttiness and coconut. The finish is medium in length, but she is not quickly forgettable by any means. This Viognier could be laid down for a few years, or you can readily enjoy her now. She can be enjoyed on her own, or paired with spicy Indian, Chinese or grilled chicken and seafood dishes.

Next week I will be reviewing the Calaveras County Viognier 2005. I suspect this selection to be more fruit driven, with less oak influence. Let’s see if I am correct in my assumption. To see what fellow blogger Winesmith thinks of the Calaveras County Viognier 2005 click here.

As with the Cabernet Franc tasting we held, it’s enlightening, revealing and fun to sample varietals you enjoy from different regions. Over the warmer months Dezel has enjoyed many local examples of Viognier. Dezel has equally enjoyed nice examples from South Africa , Australia , Washington State , and now California . If you are looking for a nice example of a mouth filling Viognier from California , look no further, Twisted Oak Canterbury Viognier 2005 should be a strong consideration.

Be sure to check their site out and their wine listing. Also check out their blog; they really know how to have a good time!

Stay tuned for the following:

  • Visit to Lost Creek Vineyards.
  • More wine news!
Happy Sipping!


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