Wine Review: Bonterra Vineyards 2007 Viognier – Organic

Bonterra Organic Wine

Technicals:

Price: $10.99 at Costco

Where from? : 65% Mendocino County, 35% Lake County

Certified Organically Grown Grapes

Alcohol: 13.64%

Blend:  Viognier 81%, Marsanne 10%, Roussane 4% and Muscat 5%

Aging: 4 months in 30% new French Oak.

Crisp and fairly light.  The nose was not really that present, very slight honeysuckle is really all I could pick up.  On the palate the dominant flavor is green apple with a little bit of peach, a very little bit.  I don’t know why, but I was expecting something different.  I suppose it’s because one of my favorite wines d’Arenberg’s Laughing Magpie is a blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% Viognier.  It must be quite a different Viognier because I can’t see how green apple would go with Shiraz?  I ended up not drinking much more than a glass of this wine on the first night.  It’s not the wine’s fault, I was having steak for dinner which calls for Cabernet.  But I did re-investigate Bonterra the next night while watching Olympic Hockey.  And actually I liked it a lot more.  I think I might have tried this one too close to the Grgich Hills Fume Blanc the day before.  As a stand alone wine it’s quite good.  Nice crisp green apple, virtually no oak, light.  Just a nice decent afternoon sipper.  With the added feel good bonus of having been made from Certified Organically Grown Grapes.  I would pick this up for summer parties as an alternative to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Tim

2 comments

  1. Virginia Viognier seems to have more character than California-grown Viognier, where it appears to be grown with less distinction or pride. I’ve tasted a range of quality VA Viogniers, however, so it seems that growing Viognier may be tricky. I’m not sure the marketing designation is on firm ground, but I trust the Wine Board knows better than me.Meanwhile, I’ve noticed lots of very good Cabernet Franc in Virginia, and I’m not fond of red wines. Can I nominate Cab Franc be designated the signature red? Disclosure: I grow neither Viognier nor Cab Franc.

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