6/24/2014

Quick Sip: Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2013 Viognier


Hello Friends,

Today’s Quick Sip is the Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2013 Viognier. I first tasted this delightful wine this past spring during a visit to the Acquiesce tasting room in Lodi, California. And just last week, I had an opportunity to re-visit it along with several other vibrant Lodi white wines for a ‘Lodi Summer Tasting’ put on by the good folks at Lodi Wine. In a wine producing region better known for its reds, Acquiesce may stick out like a sore thumb. Moved by a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, winemaker and proprietor Sue Tipton, crafts small amounts (approximately 1000 total cases) of bright and refreshing Rhone-inspired white wines from 100% estate-grown fruit. The reddest thing you’ll find behind the tasting-bar is a deliciously fruity and crisp Grenache Rosé. During my visit, the entire lineup, which consisted of a Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Picpoul Blanc, and a white blend, were all well-made, reasonably priced, food-friendly, and perfect for summertime sipping.  For further information and where you can find the Viognier, please see my tasting notes below.

Acquiesce 2013 Viognier
Review: Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2013 Viognier (SRP $23): Delightfully aromatic and nicely crisp, this enjoyable Viognier offers vibrant white stone fruit, orange blossom, and wildflower notes with trailing hints of honeysuckle and white tea. It’s medium-bodied with a supple texture and an appealing acidity that carries through to the medium-length, brisk finish. Instead of well-chilled, I recommend serving this wine at cellar temperature (55 - 57° F). Proprietor and winemaker Sue Tipton, suggests trying a bottle with lamb tagine, fish, Asian dishes, or citrus salads. Being a fan of lamb and Viognier but never marrying the two, I think I’m going to make that wedding happen sometime soon. Approximately 268 cases of this estate-grown and bottled Viognier were produced. Region: Lodi, California. (Other info: ABV 14.1%, Mokelumne River AVA, 100% Viognier, cork enclosure). 88 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Vineyard view from the Acquiesce tasting room. 

Have a question about this post? Feel free to drop me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter. Stay tuned ...more to come. Happy Sipping, my friends! Disclosure: This wine was provided for review. Thoughts are my own.

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