Acacia Vineyard, Viognier “Estate Grown” 2004 ($28)
Acacia Vineyard has been an old favorite of mine since the 1980’s producing some nice value Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Napa side of the Carneros AVA. While their Pinots are my favorite, they do make some other limited production wines only available at the winery or to wine club members. One of them is this Viognier which is produced from a small parcel grown next to the winery. Each vintage produces somewhere around 250 cases. I first tasted this at the winery last June and was not impressed. What a difference a little bottle age makes.
Straw-gold in color with aromas of citrus, pear and almond. Honey, pineapple and citrus flavors finish long with good acidity. Almost Chardonnay-like in structure but clearly made from the queen of RhÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´ne whites. Delicious. Score: 9/10
Natural cork closure.