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2021 Viognier

2021 Viognier

A rich expression in a classic dry style

$30


Retail

$24


Wine Society

About the Wine

Viognier’s rich texture, aromas of ripe stone fruit, citrus, and tropical fruit, and haunting floral perfume have taken this traditional northern Rhône variety from near extinction in the 1960s to a popular variety in the New World. Paso Robles, with its Rhône influence, has been a new refuge for this grape, and the 2021 Viognier is an appealing expression of this variety’s potential. Its full-bodied, drier style, mouth-filling texture, and long finish have made this wine a favorite, especially for wine drinkers who normally don’t venture into the white zone.

Tasting Notes

Body

LightMediumFull

Appearance

Clear, bright, and pale straw in the glass with slow forming, thick tears.

Aroma

Aromatic with yellow apple, ripe stone fruit, orange zest, cantaloupe, white flowers, chamomile, and crushed limestone.

Palate

Full-bodied, dry, and richly textured with Asian pear, ripe peach, and melon on entry, with notes of lemon verbena and honeycomb on the midpalate. The finish is long and layered with rooibos tea, citrus blossom, and wet stone.

Key Features

  • Appellation

    Paso Robles

  • Fermentation

    Whole-cluster-pressed, barrel-fermented in neutral French oak with X5 yeast

  • Maturation

    7 months sur-lie aged

  • Alcohol

    15.0%

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

Flavorful Cheeses

The 2021 JUSTIN Viognier is a complex wine with a round mouthfeel and lively acidity, making it the ideal companion for sautéed scallops over an almond rice pilaf. In general, Viognier is a great accompaniment to a wide variety of cheeses, but when in the mood for something different, try this bold, textured white wine with a flavorful, washed-rind cheese, such as Taleggio.

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