As we continue along our Viognier experience, we find ourselves in California, trying Gnarly Head Viognier 2013.
Gnarly Head winery was named after the vines on site. Their appearance is similar to a gnarled cut vine top and hence the name.
On colour, the Gnarly Head Viognier is extremely light to the point where the descriptive term iridescent came to mind. With that said, it is on the nose and palate where things start to get exciting with this wine. On the nose, you immediately pick up a lovely floral bouquet, mixed with lemon and apricot. On the palate, you’ll sense melon, lime, peach, tangerine, and a fantastic tempered acidity that jumps out at the end of your sipping experience. I would class this as a complex wine where you’ll find breathing deeper while sipping or waiting an extra while or so will bring to the forefront a bit of oak or even lavender.
The folks at Gnarly Head speak of their triumphant Zinfandels, but I would have to say their Viognier is worth sounding the trumpets too. The Gnarly Head Viognier 2013 is a definite must try.
This wine retails at the LCBO for $17.95
We gave this wine a 4 out of 5.