Full Review

Pebble

Pebble
2016 Viognier, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Game Shellfish

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.3% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$17.99
Best Buy
Cellar Selection

Pebble
2016 Viognier, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Game Shellfish

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.3% RS: <1%
Golden straw color. Aromas of whole leaf tea, dried peach, white rose, passionfruit, and apricot nectar with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, layered, medium-long vanilla almond bark and bitter tea finish with drying tannins. A tea-like viognier with exotic appeal; pair with rich meals or cellar.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: whole leaf tea, dried peach, white rose, passionfruit, and apricot nectar
Taste Flavor: vanilla almond bark and bitter tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Roast Game Bird, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tea-like viognier with exotic appeal; pair with rich meals or cellar.

The Producer

Traveling Vineyard

The Producer
127 High Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
USA
1 707-234-4747

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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.