Wine Find

Wine Find

July 23, 2008|By [Michael Dresser]

2007 Stags' Leap Winery Viognier

From: Napa Valley, Calif.

Price: $25

Serve with: Salmon, monkfish

California viogniers have been a mixed bag ever since the state's vintners latched on to this elusive and once-rare white Rhone Valley varietal in the 1980s. They routinely deliver gobs of fruit, but often in a ponderous package of low acid and high alcohol. This lively, nuanced viognier from the winery (which is not the better-known Stag's Leap Wine Cellars) avoids these pitfalls with breezy acidity and a perfectly balanced mix of flavors of peach, apricot, oranges, spices and marzipan. This is a rare California viognier that could be mistaken for a top-notch Condrieu, one of the world's great dry white wines.

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