Full Review

Frey

Frey
2016 Viognier, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
No Added Sulfites & USDA Certified Organic
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15
Best Buy

Frey
2016 Viognier, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
Golden yellow color. Smoky aromas and flavors of carnation, ripe yellow peach, stewed tomatoes on sourdough, bruised apple, boiled artichoke, and mushrooms in orange sauce with a velvety, bright, dryish medium body and an even, refreshing, medium-length overripe pineapple and honey finish with a suggestion of oak. A mysterious and intriguing viognier with loads of savory character; enjoy with food.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: carnation, ripe yellow peach, stewed tomatoes on sourdough, bruised apple, boiled artichoke, and mushrooms in orange sauce
Taste Flavor: overripe pineapple and honey
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Eggplant Parmesan, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A mysterious and intriguing viognier with loads of savory character; enjoy with food.

The Producer

Frey Vineyards Ltd.

The Producer
14000 Tomki Rd
Redwood Valley, CA 95470
USA
1 707-485-5177

Their Portfolio

87 Frey 2015 Pinot Noir, Mendocino 12.1% (USA) $15.00.
87 Frey 2015 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 14% (USA) $18.00.
80 Frey NV Rosé, Redwood Valley 12% (USA) $9.00.
93 Frey 2015 Spin, Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 13.4% (USA) $14.00.
83 Frey 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 12.1% (USA) $20.00.
83 Frey 2015 Organic, Syrah, California 13.6% (USA) $15.00.
86 Frey 2014 Organic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.6% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2015 Organic, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 13.4% (USA) $16.50.
88 Frey 2015 Organic, Merlot, North Coast 13.4% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2015 Organic, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County 13.4% (USA) $14.00.
88 Frey 2015 Biodynamic, Merlot, Mendocino 13.2% (USA) $20.00.
89 Frey 2015 Biodynamic, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 13.4% (USA) $20.00.
89 Frey 2016 Organic, Merlot, North Coast 13.7% (USA) $15.00.
85 Frey NV Dry Rosé, California 13.8% (USA) $9.00.
88 Frey NV White Zinfandel, Mendocino 12.4% (USA) $9.00.
84 Frey 2014 Estate Grown & Bottled, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 12.1% (USA) $20.00.
89 Frey 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 13.4% (USA) $16.50.
89 Frey 2016 Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
85 Frey 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast 13.4% (USA) $14.00.
89 Frey 2016 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 13% (USA) $18.00.
84 Frey 2016 Gewurztraminer, Mendocino 13.6% (USA) $14.00.
84 Frey NV Agriculturist Rosé, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $12.50.
88 Frey 2016 Syrah, California 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2015 Biodynamic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $20.00.
90 Frey 2016 Viognier, Lodi 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
89 Frey 2016 Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
80 Frey 2007 Organic Totality Sparkling Wine, Sierra Foothills 13.3% (USA) $48.00.
89 SPIN 2015 Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $15.00.

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.