Viognier hails from the northern Rhone region of France, where at its best, produces the wonderfully aromatic, nicely textured, and complex wines of Condrieu. Unfortunately, these wines are hard to find and tend to be priced between $50 and $100. There was a period, in the mid-1960’s, when Viognier was near extinction with approximately 100 acres (and shrinking) all planted in Condrieu. Small amounts of Viognier reached the U.S. (California) by the early 1980’s. It was a group of California winemakers, known as the Rhone Rangers, who played a pivotal role in the growth and increased popularity of Viognier in the States. Today, good quality Viognier is grown and produced in a number of U.S. states including California, Oregon, Washington, Virginia, Georgia, Texas, Colorado, and last but not least, North Carolina. I’m probably missing several states, but fortunately for me, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy Viognier from each state listed.
Biltmore Reserve 2010 Viognier
Today’s wine selection comes from the Biltmore Estate Winery, located in the mountains of western North Carolina. The Biltmore Estate Winery has over ninety-four acres of vines planted to European grape varieties. The historic Biltmore House, its landscaped gardens, and winery are one of the most popular and visited attractions in the country. For this reason, the winery augments their production by sourcing fruit from growing partners throughout the U.S. to meet demand. That being said, the Biltmore Reserve 2010 Viognier is North Carolina grown and pretty tasty. In the glass, the wine displays a light golden straw color. The swirl and sniff reveal inviting scents of Asian pear, honeysuckle, and tropical nuances. These aromas carry through on the palate and are balanced by vibrant fruit flavors, a fleshy texture, and refreshing, food-friendly acidity, ending in a pleasing, medium-length finish. The Biltmore Reserve 2010 Viognier clocks in at 13.0% ABV and the suggested retail price is $18.99. I just took a look, and if you visit the Biltmore Estate Winery website you can get this wine for a very reasonable $13.59. This wine sips nicely on its own and has the ability to pair well with a wide variety of foods. To visit the Biltmore Estate Winery website click on the link below. Cheers!
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