We made the month of March a Viognier tasting month given my love for the varietal, and because any hint of spring gets me thinking of summer patio whites. You can call it my kick in the butt for mother nature to bring on the warm weather, or the self indulgence of a Viognier fan, either way I had a blast drinking these wines this month.
The Viognier Wines we Covered this Month
Henry of Pelham 2010 Family Tree White
Henry of Pelham has recently released their 2012 vintage (consists of more Viognier than the 2010 vintage), and if it is anything like the 2010, you are all in for a treat. This is a must try and will be gracing one of two of our upcoming patio meet-ups.
Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz – Viognier 2012
You can choose to store your Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz – Viognier 2012 blend for a few years yet, or indulge sooner if you allow this wine to breathe for 45 minutes to an hour. Either way, this is a fantastic showing of what Central Victoria, Australia has to offer by way of a Shiraz – Viognier blend.
Gnarly Head Viognier 2013
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.
Code Inspiration Viognier 2013
In doing our research on Alma Cersius and deciding if we wanted to include them in our Viognier month, I came across an interesting phrase from Mark Robert, winemaker and president of Alma Cersius. He said, “We feel that the story of our wines deserve to be told, lived, not merely exhibited or critiqued”. On that testament alone we knew we’d like these guys.