McManis Family Vineyards Viognier 2011 – Don’t Call It A Comeback


100% Viognier from California.

SRP of $12 and available for as low as $10. Sample received courtesy McManis Family Vineyards for review purposes.

From the winemaker:

“This McManis family favorite makes a perfect pairing for your own family gatherings! From Thanksgiving turkey to holiday spiral ham, this Viognier offers just a hint of tropical fruit that perfectly pairs with the briny flavors of holiday fare.

13.5% Alcohol”

Viognier is a grape that while once on the decline, has made quite a dramatic return in the last 20 years or so. Besides being found in France where it is used in Rhone blends, it can be found all across the United States these days: from New York, to Virginia to Missouri to Oregon to California. Not to mention other countries like Argentina, Chile and Australia. The distinguishing feature of wines made from Viognier are the perfumed floral aromas.

Today’s wine is also another in the long line of wines we’ve enjoyed from McManis Family Vineyards. Those wines include a wonderful Zinfandel, a California Malbec, a Pinot Noir and a greatPetite Sirah. And you can add in the Jack Tone line of boxed wines, also from McManis. So just how does today’s wine measure up?

The 2011 McManis Family Vineyards Viognier begins with aromas of tropical fruit and pleasant floral notes of honeysuckle. The wine tastes very nice with a soft yet lively mouthfeel. It features lots of sweet tropical fruit, green apple and lemon. It ends with notes of tart pineapple on the medium-long finish. A wine that will hold up nicely with lots of different foods. Recommended.

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Taste Rating: 7             Cost Rating: 8
Overall Rating: 7.3

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