Full Review

Horton Vineyards

Horton Vineyards
2016 Viognier, Orange County, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .6%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$20

Horton Vineyards
2016 Viognier, Orange County, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .6%
Bright golden straw color. Toasty, tropical aromas and flavors of belgian waffles with whipped cream and pineapple sauce, caramel golden apple, and nut brittle with a satiny, crisp, petillant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of peach jam, golden raisins in honey, and caramelized lemon with silky tannins and no oak flavor. An intriguing, off-dry, and distinctive Viognier.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Funky
Aroma Aroma: Belgian waffles with whipped cream and pineapple sauce, caramel golden apple, and nut brittle
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of peach jam, golden raisins in honey, and caramelized lemon
Sweetness Sweetness: Off-Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Swordfish With Mango Salsa, Chicken and Waffles, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An intriguing, off-dry, and distinctive Viognier.

The Producer

Horton Vineyards

The Producer
6399 Spottswood Trl
Gordonsville, VA 22942
USA
1 540-832-7440

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.