12% Viognier; 13.8% ABV; screw cap
Yolo County, CA
$5 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 18 Feb
I had modest expectations for this wine, but its pretty color (a slightly coppery pale pink), the back label’s promise that the wine was totally dry, and the very recent vintage, convinced me to try it. The wine far exceeds my expectations.
While the fruit is a little fresher and, well, fruitier, than Grenache rosés from southern France, it is indeed very dry and, although different, it is not an embarrassment to those inspirations. The Viognier in particular adds some honeysuckle and probably the almond bitterness, while the Grenache gives its usual orange roses, less ripe strawberry and quince jelly. I found the blend of flavors a little disjointed at first, but a small amount of air allowed them to meld very nicely. It is nicely flavored but still delicate enough that I suspect weinish would like it. Tonight it went very well with snapper pan-fried with a coating of minced curried preserved lemon and green olives stuffed with garlic. Big Thumbs Up from me.