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Falkner

Falkner
2017 Viognier, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Shellfish

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3% RS: .23%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29.95

Falkner
2017 Viognier, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Shellfish

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3% RS: .23%
Yellow straw color. Aromas of honeysuckle, dried apricot, Turkish delight, and orange blossom with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, captivating, medium-length candied pear and pineapple, toast, and orange marmalade finish with grippy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Floral high notes lead to a toasty, grippy center; drink this Temecula Viognier with duck.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: honeysuckle, dried apricot, Turkish delight, and orange blossom
Taste Flavor: candied pear and pineapple, toast, and orange marmalade
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Tea Smoked Duck, Duck L’Orange, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Floral high notes lead to a toasty, grippy center; drink this Temecula Viognier with duck.

The Producer

Falkner Winery

The Producer
40620 Calle Contento
Temecula, CA 92591
USA
1 951-676-8231

Their Portfolio

96 Falkner 2012 "Amante" Super Tuscan Style Red Wine, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $49.95.
84 Falkner 2013 Rock Creek Vineyard, Syrah, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $38.95.
86 Falkner 2015 Viognier, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $27.95.
94 Falkner 2013 Estate Grown, Merlot, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $39.95.
89 Falkner 2013 "Luscious Lips" Red, California 14.5% (USA) $16.95.
84 Falkner 2014 "Luscious Lips" White, California 11.8% (USA) $16.95.
86 Falkner 2015 "Irresistible" Rosato, California 13.2% (USA) $15.95.
80 Falkner 2015 "Risque", Riesling, Temecula 12.9% (USA) $19.95.
89 Falkner 2015 Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $24.95.
84 Falkner 2014 Vintner’s Reserve, Sangiovese, Temecula Valley 13.7% (USA) $59.95.
84 Falkner 2015 Irresistible Rosato, Temecula Valley 13.2% (USA) $16.95.
92 Falkner 2014 Meritage, Temecula Valley 14.4% (USA) $54.95.
94 Falkner 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 13.8% (USA) $39.95.
80 Falkner 2013 Luscious Lips Red, California 14.5% (USA) $17.95.
85 Falkner 2016 Luscious Lips White, California 12% (USA) $17.95.
81 Falkner 2016 Semi-Dry Irresistible Rosato, California 13.2% (USA) $17.95.
82 Falkner 2016 Risque Semi-Dry, Riesling, Temecula Valley 12.5% (USA) $21.95.
88 Falkner 2016 Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $29.95.
96 Falkner 2014 Amante Super Tuscan Style Red Blend, Temecula Valley 13.5% (USA) $54.95.
90 Falkner 2015 Estate Grown Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 15.5% (USA) $79.95.
88 Falkner 2015 Special Selection Meritage, California 13.5% (USA) $59.95.
90 Falkner 2015 Field Blend Port, South Coast 18% (USA) $39.95.
87 Falkner 2017 Luscious Lips White, California 12% (USA) $17.95.
90 Falkner 2017 Viognier, Temecula Valley 14.3% (USA) $29.95.
93 Falkner 2015 Syrah, California 15% (USA) $49.95.
86 Falkner 2015 Special Selection Meritage, California 13.5% (USA) $59.95.
84 Falkner 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13% (USA) $29.95.
87 Falkner 2017 Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 14.2% (USA) $34.95.
86 Falkner 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $26.95.
87 Falkner 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley 14.7% (USA) $26.95.
90 Falkner 2018 Viognier, Temecula Valley 14.9% (USA) $29.95.
88 Falkner 2016 Syrah, Temecula Valley 15.4% (USA) $44.95.

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.