Full Review

Kiara

Kiara
2016 Private Reserve, Viognier, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Shellfish

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: .02%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$16
Best Buy

Kiara
2016 Private Reserve, Viognier, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Shellfish

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: .02%
Dusty golden straw color. Fruity, fresh aromas of fresh juicy pear, lychee syrup, and white blossoms with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, long pear tart, lemon and banana custard, nutmeg dusted bruleed meringue, and hint of anise finish with well-integrated, soft, coating tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Juicy pear flavors shine in this silky Viognier.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: fresh juicy pear, lychee syrup, and white blossoms
Taste Flavor: pear tart, lemon and banana custard, nutmeg dusted bruleed meringue, and hint of anise
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Tea Smoked Duck, Baked Goat Cheese en Croute, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Juicy pear flavors shine in this silky Viognier.

The Producer

Le Vigne Winery

The Producer
5115 Buena Vista Dr
Paso Robles, CA 93446
USA
1 805-227-4000

Their Portfolio

92 Kiara 2015 Private Reserve, Sangiovese, Paso Robles 14.8% (USA) $16.00.
91 Kiara 2016 Private Reserve, Viognier, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
87 Kiara Bella 2016 Rose, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $14.00.
84 Kiara Bella 2016 Moscato, California 11.5% (USA) $12.00.
90 Le Vigne 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $21.00.
92 Le Vigne 2014 Merlot, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $19.00.
89 Le Vigne 2015 Chardonnay, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $18.00.
92 Le Vigne 2014 di Ranchita Vista, Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $39.00.
86 Le Vigne 2014 di Ranchita Vista, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $41.00.
92 Le Vigne 2014 Cuore della Vigna, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $42.00.
89 Le Vigne 2014 Nikiara, Paso Robles 14.4% (USA) $45.00.
94 Le Vigne 2014 Ame de la Vigne, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $43.00.
87 Le Vigne 2014 di Domenico, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $38.00.
93 Le Vigne 2014 di Domenico, Grenache, Paso Robles 15.3% (USA) $36.00.
95 Le Vigne 2014 di Domenico, Malbec, Paso Robles 14.3% (USA) $37.00.
94 Le Vigne 2016 Il Fiore, Viognier, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $23.00.
85 Le Vigne 2016 Rose, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
84 Le Vigne 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 13.8% (USA) $18.00.
88 Le Vigne 2015 di Acquarello, Merlot, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $39.00.
92 Le Vigne 2017 Chardonnay, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
87 Le Vigne 2017 Rosé, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
90 Le Vigne 2015 Cuore della Vigna, Paso Robles 14.8% (USA) $42.00.
82 Le Vigne 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 14.6% (USA) $18.00.
86 Le Vigne 2015 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 15.1% (USA) $25.00.
88 Le Vigne 2017 Il Fiore, Viognier, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $23.00.
88 Le Vigne 2015 Ame de la Vigne, Paso Robles 14.7% (USA) $43.00.
87 Le Vigne 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
94 Le Vigne 2016 Di Acquarello, Sangiovese, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $37.00.
92 Le Vigne 2016 Cuore della Vigna Red Blend, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $44.00.
92 Le Vigne 2016 Ame de la Vigne Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.4% (USA) $47.00.
90 Le Vigne 2016 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles 14.7% (USA) $26.00.

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.