*** I received this wine as a sample. ***
While I knew I was going to the 2016 Wine Bloggers’ Conference (WBC16), I didn’t actually register until President’s Day weekend. This year’s conference will be in Lodi, California, and to celebrate my registration, I opened up a bottle of Viognier from the region.
Now, long-time readers know that Viognier doesn’t tend to me a favorite of mine. While I try to encourage people not to “grape hate,” Viognier is definitely a varietal that I don’t drink as much as other white wines. I often find that Viognier creates a lot of wonderful expectation when I smell it, but is disappointing when I taste it because the characteristics I findon the nose are often muted or missing in the mouth. That said, I always try to go into a bottle open-minded.
The 2014 McCay Cellars Viognier (winery, snooth) was a pale lemon yellow with a watery rim. The nose was beautiful, with white flowers, peaches, Asian pears, and hints of white pepper. In the mouth, there were nectarines, peaches, and a butteriness that I didn’t love. The wine was full-bodied with medium acidity.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At an SRP of $24, this wine is one I have mixed feelings about. On it’s own, I loved the nose, and the flavors were luscious and enjoyable, although the butteriness was a detractor. When I paired the wine with Hubby’s slow-cooked chicken pot pie, though, the wine suddenly sang in mouth. It was absolutely delicious.
All in all, my thoughts on the 2014 McCay Cellars Viognier is that it’s not totally my style, but if you’re a Viognier fan or if you’re willing to stretch out of your comfort zone a little, this is a bottle worth exploring. If it’s not for you when you taste it, try enjoying it with some cheddar cheese (or a chicken pot pie), as the wine won’t you let you down.
Question of the Day: Is there a particular type of wine that you either gravitate towards or gravitate away from?
Suggested Retail Price: $24
Received as a sample.
Overall: 3.5 Corks