Quick Sip: Horton Vineyards Viognier 2008

Hello Friends,

The week’s quick sip is the Horton Vineyard’s Viognier 2008. For my friends who aren’t in the know, the history of Viognier here in Virginia begins with Horton Vineyards. Dennis Horton first planted the important Northern Rhone variety in the early 90’s, but it was Horton’s 1993 vintage that put Virginia on the wine map and influenced other local producers to jump on the bandwagon. Prior to Horton’s success, Viognier was not a household name in Virginia tasting rooms as it is now. As a matter of fact, if you ask most Virginia wine lovers which grape variety is most likely to put Virginia on the world’s wine map - most will say, “Vee-on-Yay!”

Horton Vineyards Viognier 2008

Founded in 1983, Horton’s list of firsts does not stop at Viognier. Horton was also the first to popularize important varietals that are keys to Virginia’s wine industry success, such as Cabernet Franc, Norton, and Petit Manseng – I really look for the latter to explode in the coming years as it gains acreage and popularity. Horton is one of the pioneering winegrowers in Virginia, who through trial and error, planted, pulled up, and planted again to see what would work in Virginia’s overall hot and humid climate and diverse soil types. I have always found Horton's Viognier to be well-made and consistent in both quality and style from vintage to vintage. The 2008 is made in a fresh, easy-drinking style with inviting floral, citrus and peach aromas. The Horton Vineyard’s Viognier 2008 is medium-bodied with good acidity and sips nicely on its own or would pair well with white meats or seafood dishes. The wine clocks in at a moderate 13.5% alcohol by volume and can be found anywhere from $13 to $20. If you are able to find this wine at the lower end of the price spectrum, snatch it up quick! In closing, Virginia Viognier is good anytime, but with spring here and summer ahead, be sure to pack a bottle of Horton Viognier in your picnic basket and call it an enjoyable day! Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com, and as always, Happy Sipping!

Winery Info: Horton Vineyards, 6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville,VA

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