Full Review

Crux Winery

Crux Winery
2016 Viognier, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: <1%
83 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$30

Crux Winery
2016 Viognier, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: <1%
Golden yellow color. Grainy aromas and flavors of orange sherbet, butter, anejo tequila, caramel yogurt, toffee-peanuts, sunflower oil, and corn bread with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, brisk finish with notes of peanut brittle with heavy oak flavor. A heavily oaked, nutty Viognier for substantial pairings.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky
Aroma Aroma: orange sherbet, butter, anejo tequila, caramel yogurt, toffee-peanuts, sunflower oil, and corn bread
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of peanut brittle
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Turkey Reuben Sandwich, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A heavily oaked, nutty Viognier for substantial pairings.

The Producer

Crux Winery

The Producer
18850 Hassett Lane, Bldg C
Geyserville, CA 95441
USA
1 707-837-8061

Viognier

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
If you had to use one word to describe the flavor profile of Viognier, it would be exotic. Aromas of this lovely variety range from peach pie and cream to pineapple and honeysuckle. Famed for its role as the grape of the rare white wine Condrieu from France's Rhone Valley, dozens of California producers, from Lodi to Santa Ynez Valleys now work with Viognier, as do a few producers in Washington State and even in Virginia.

The distinctive fruit perfumes are so engaging, thus the use of oak is diminished in most versions of domestic Viognier. Most are delicious wines that are at their best at an early age; consume within three to five years of the vintage date. Pair these wines with Asian, Thai or fusion cuisine - especially with pineapple or peanut sauce - or sushi/sashimi.