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Kunde Estate Viognier 2007


by Jacob

Viognier is a temperamental grape that produces wines that vary greatly from producer to producer.  Personally, I find it to be a bit more bold and bodied than many Sauvignon Blancs, but less oak-y and big than Chardonnay.  For this reason, I think Viognier pairs well with more foods and can stand up to chicken and other poultry in a way that Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay can not.

After drinking the 2007 Kunde Estate Vigonier at the Girl and the Fig in Sonoma, when the 2008 showed up on, I knew I had to buy it and try it.

Actually consisting of about 91% Viognier and 9% Chardonnay, the wine was refreshingly fruity on the nose with hints of orange.  On first taste, the citrus notes were still present as was a hint of pineapple.  In addition, the wine had a little bit of spice to it… Nothing like in a California Zinfandel, but just a mild spice note (the winery says White Pepper) that made it even more pleasurable to drink. (Rating ***1/2)

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