Full Review

Lawer Estates

Lawer Estates
2016 Betsy’s Vineyard, Viognier, Knights Valley

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Pasta Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$28

Lawer Estates
2016 Betsy’s Vineyard, Viognier, Knights Valley

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Pasta Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6%
Straw color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of dried apricot and spicy banana tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, long finish that exhibits notes of vanilla cream, spiced caramelized pear, and orange with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A delicious, flavorful and stylish Viognier that has great varietal character.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: dried apricot and spicy banana tart
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of vanilla cream, spiced caramelized pear, and orange
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pumpkin Ravioli, Tuna Poke, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious, flavorful and stylish Viognier that has great varietal character.

The Producer

Lawer Family Wines

The Producer
PO Box 1105
Calistoga, CA 94515
USA
1 707-331-3728

Their Portfolio

92 Lawer Estates 2015 Betsy’s Vineyard, Viognier, Knights Valley 14.1% (USA) $24.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2015 Cannon Block, Chardonnay, Knights Valley 14.2% (USA) $26.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2014 Hillside Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $64.00.
82 Lawer Estates 2015 Betsy’s Vineyard Una Late Harvest, Chardonnay, Knights Valley 15.3% (USA) $36.00.
92 Lawer Estates 2014 Betsy’s Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Knights Valley 14.4% (USA) $28.00.
94 Lawer Estates 2014 Betsy’s Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley 14.7% (USA) $32.00.
82 Lawer Estates 2016 Una Late Harvest Chardonnay, Knights Valley 14.7% (USA) $36.00.
80 Lawer Estates 2017 Betsy’s Vineyard Rosé, Syrah, Knights Valley 13.8% (USA) $22.00.
91 Lawer Estates 2015 Betsy’s Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley 14.9% (USA) $34.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2015 Betsy’s Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Knights Valley 14.2% (USA) $30.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2015 Hillside Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $65.00.
92 Lawer Estates 2016 Betsy’s Vineyard, Viognier, Knights Valley 14.6% (USA) $28.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2018 Rosé, Syrah, Sonoma County 13.8% (USA) $20.00.
94 Lawer Estates 2016 Betsy’s Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley 15.2% (USA) $38.00.
87 Lawer Estates 2017 Betsy’s Vineyard, Viognier, Knights Valley 14.3% (USA) $28.00.
88 Lawer Estates 2017 Cannon Block, Chardonnay, Knights Valley 14.6% (USA) $28.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2017 Betsy’s Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Knights Valley 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
88 Lawer Estates 2016 Betsy’s Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Knights Valley 14.7% (USA) $30.00.

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.