Full Review

Keeling Schaefer Vineyards

Keeling Schaefer Vineyards
2018 Best Friends, Viognier, Cochise County, Arizona

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15
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Keeling Schaefer Vineyards
2018 Best Friends, Viognier, Cochise County, Arizona

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: <1%
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach, orange blossom, whipped cream, and white strawberry with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length finish conveying notes of navel orange, speculoos cookie, pineapple, and garrigue with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A tasty and balanced Viognier that’s easy to love.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: ripe peach, orange blossom, whipped cream, and white strawberry
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of navel orange, speculoos cookie, pineapple, and garrigue
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Steamed Mussels, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tasty and balanced Viognier that's easy to love.

The Producer

Keeling Schaefer Vineyards

The Producer
10277 E Rock Creek Ln
Pearce, AZ 85625
USA
1 520-824-2500

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.