Wednesday, February 25, 2015

King Family Vineyards Viognier

King Family Vineyards Viognier 2012
Crozet, Virginia
Yesterday the winner for the 2015 Virginia Governor's Cup was announced -- a huge congratulations to Muse Vineyard's 2009 Clio for the big win! I was able to taste it last night at the Governor's Cup Gala -- a truly outstanding wine.

Well, I don't have a bottle of Clio handy in my cellar, but I do have one of my personal favorite Virginia wines: a Viognier from King Family Vineyards.

Review: This pale gold Viognier has lovely aromas of lemon custard and ripe green melon. It's dry with moderate acidity and a medium body. The palate shows more ripe melon, honeysuckle, stone fruit, and touch of spicy ginger. The finish is medium in length.

I love how approachable this Viognier is. This grape can often present as super floral and lack acidity -- neither do I particularly care for. Instead, the King Family Viognier has a great balance and soft texture, along with layers of flavor (not just floral notes).

The grapes for this wine are grown in the Monticello American Viticultural Area of Virginia. Back in the 1700's Mr. Jefferson tried to make wine in this region -- well, long story short, he failed. Lucky for us, the Virginia wine industry (grape growing and wine making) has since been revolutionized!

Food Pairing: This was perfect with a spicy goat curry.

Bottom Line: I nice and easy wine. Great with food or by itself. I dig it.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2012
  • PLACE: Monticello AVA (American Viticultural Area)
  • GRAPES: 100% Viognier
  • BOOZE: 13.0%
  • CELLAR: Drink now through 2016

Where did I get it? King Family Vineyards Tasting Room in Crozet, VA
What's the damage? High Priced 

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