Full Review

Lawer Estates

Lawer Estates
2021 Betsy’s Vineyard, Viognier, Knights Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$32

Lawer Estates
2021 Betsy’s Vineyard, Viognier, Knights Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Viognier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2%
Yellow straw color. Creamy aromas and flavors of sulfur and cream, blanched almonds, white and yellow flowers, and citrus with a velvety, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with impressions of orange marmalade on almond toast, lemon juice on a yellow apple, and bittersweet flower pedals. Ripe, fruity, and floral, this is a classic styling of Viognier.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: sulfur and cream, blanched almonds, white and yellow flowers, and citrus
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of orange marmalade on almond toast, lemon juice on a yellow apple, and bittersweet flower pedals
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Ripe, fruity, and floral, this is a classic styling of Viognier.

The Producer

Lawer Family Wines

The Producer
1255 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, CA 94515
USA
1 703-909-2975

Their Portfolio

90 Lawer Estates NV Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine, California 13% (USA) $25.00.
91 Lawer Estates NV Brut Reserve Sparkling Wine, California 13% (USA) $22.00.
93 Lawer Estates 2017 Betsy’s Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley 14.9% (USA) $42.00.
96 Lawer Estates 2018 Barrel Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $115.00.
96 Lawer Estates 2018 Barrel Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $115.00.
92 Lawer Estates 2019 Betsy’s Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Knights Valley, Sonoma 14.5% (USA) $42.00.
93 Lawer Estates 2019 Barrel Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $115.00.
93 Lawer Estates 2019 Barrel Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $115.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2022 Betsy’s Vineyard Rosé, Syrah, Knights Valley 13.4% (USA) $25.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2022 Betsy’s Vineyard, Knights Valley 13.2% (USA) $25.00.
93 Lawer Estates 2018 Vineyard 600, Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga 14.6% (USA) $80.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2019 Betsy’s Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley 15.2% (USA) $50.00.
90 Lawer Estates 2019 Betsy’s Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Knights Valley 14.9% (USA) $42.00.
91 Lawer Estates 2019 Vineyard Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $115.00.
92 Lawer Estates 2021 Betsy’s Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Knights Valley 14.9% (USA) $42.00.
91 Lawer Estates 2021 Barrel Select, Pinot Noir, Knights Valley 14.9% (USA) $65.00.
90 Lawer Estates 2021 Cannon Block, Chardonnay, Knights Valley 14.3% (USA) $36.00.
90 Lawer Estates 2021 Cannon Block Unoaked, Chardonnay, Knights Valley 14.3% (USA) $30.00.
86 Lawer Estates 2021 Betsy’s Vineyard, Viognier, Knights Valley 14.2% (USA) $32.00.

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.