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Junius Lindsay Vineyard Cellar Select Viognier 2015

Synopsis, Our Opinion: EXCELLENT Viognier and absolutely FANTASTIC North Carolina white wine.

Producer/Winery: Vinted and bottled by Childress Winery; Lexington, North Carolina.

Grape Variety: Viognier.

Geographic Appellation: Yadkin Valley, North Carolina.

Vintage: 2015

Price: $Unknown (provided as a thank you for helping with the 2017 Viognier harvest)

Purchased From: Junius Lindsay Vineyard; Lexington, North Carolina.

Paired With: Roast pork with mushroom /sour cream white sauce, mashed potatoes and peas.

Tasting:

    He said: Chilled before drinking. Clear, very light wheat straw color. Floral and pear aromas, with hints of ripe melon, lemon and peach. Silky smooth, lush, medium bodied mouth-feel, and even a touch creaminess; flavors of pear, melon and tangerine with an underlying dusty mineral, followed by a long slightly tart finish. Surprisingly light on its feet and very refreshing, both with the dinner and drinking alone after the meal. OK, now for the punchline…this is a North Carolina Viognier and if I were blind tasting it with wine produced in the Rhone Valley what would I say about it? There is a very positive taste that I would describe as “dusty” mineral, that immediately stands out. It’s floral aromas and dry fruit taste gets close to “classic” Viognier. In a nutshell I would say it’s EXCELLENT Viognier and absolutely FANTASTIC (in BOLD caps) North Carolina white wine.

    If your ever in the Triad Region of North Carolina don’t pass up a chance to sip Junius Lindsay wines in their tasting room that’s idyllically nestled into the rolling hills of the vineyard. And, if your visit is during a summer weekend, don’t miss their Music In the Vineyard series that includes local musicians, bands and food trucks that really make for festive wine tasting. It’s a whole different experience from traditional belly-up-to-the-bar vineyard tasting!!! See also our review and blind tasting experience of Junius Lindsay Vineyard Second Leaf Viognier-Roussanne.

    She said: Clear, pale golden yellow color, thick, irregularly spaced legs moving along at a moderate pace. North Carolina is not known for its good wines, but there are some that are worth tasting and this is one of them. With a fairly strong floral and citrus aromas it presents a flavorful almost creamy mouth feel with the medium body. The wine was smooth and offers a long finish that continues the flavors as it adds tartness. It went very well with the dinner particularly the pork with mushroom sauce. If you have the opportunity to taste North Carolina wines consider this one, it really stands out from other North Carolina wines and is delicious Viognier.

The 2017 crop of Junius Lindsay Vineyard Viognier grapes

Comments: Learn more about the Junius Lindsay Vineyard, their “Music In The Vineyard” summer series and their wines.

Alcohol Content: 13.4%

Closure: Cork.

UPC Code: 8 98133 00115 1

Imported by: NA

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