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Monday, November 5, 2012

Pepi Chenin Blanc Viognier 2011 - A Perfect Wine For A Picnic

Pepi Chenin Blanc Viognier 2011 - A Perfect Wine For A Picnic
An unusual blend that's unusually good.

66% Chenin Blanc and 34% Viognier from California.

SRP of $10 and available at that price. Sample received courtesy the winery for review purposes.

From the bottle:
"For more than forty years, we've been making white wines that are the perfect match for the foods of the spectacular coast of California. Twist open a bottle of Pepi and discover why this wine is an exceptional companion to salads, pasta and seafood. Our Chenin Blanc-Viognier is bursting with fresh fruit flavors and aromas of luscious peach and spiced pear.

13.0% Alcohol"
Today's wine presents quite an interesting blend I don't think I've ever seen before. Being a fan of both Chenin Blanc and Viognier I was excited to give this wine from Pepi, a California producer of white wines for past several decades, a try.

The 2011 Pepi Chenin Blanc Viognier begins with a pleasant aroma of tropical fruit (mango, guava, kiwi and banana) along with white peach, honeysuckle and a bit of almond. Tasting the wine reveals more tropical fruit, a nice level of sweetness and even a bit of spice. There's also an underlying minerality that gives good contrast. Add in nice mouthfeel and acidity and you've got a fresh, pleasant blend that is quite easy to drink. It finishes fresh and clean with tropical fruit soaked mineral notes that last a surprisingly long time.

See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

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

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