It had actually been several years since my first visit to Corcoran Vineyards, which is located in Waterford, Virginia, on the Loudoun Valley Wine Trail. At the time, the name was Waterford Vineyards and the tasting room was temporarily located in a basement. Fast forward a few years, the winery has since changed names and the tasting room is now located in a restored 1750 log cabin. The one consistent, owner and winemaker Lori Corcoran.
In planning our stops along the wine trail, I had marked Corcoran as a must visit. After reading several outstanding reviews about their most recent vintage of Viognier and Cabernet Franc, I was excited to return and taste. As expected, the tasting room was crowded, but we were able to grab a spot at the counter before a large crowd entered.
Unfortunately, the Cabernet Franc was not available to taste (yes, I was very, very sad), but I did get to try the Viognier. For me, along with several others in my party, this was the wine of the day. I decided to go with the website description, as I had very similar notes.
Corcoran Vineyard’s 2007 Viognier is characterized by its aroma of honeysuckle blossoms and flavors of crisp white peaches with cantaloupe and honeydew melons. Fermentation in neutral oak barrels and tank aging accentuates the fruit flavors and spicy finish. Our Viognier is 100% dry but is often perceived to have some sweetness because of the intense fruit character of this grape. The classic pairings for this wine are Maryland Crab Cakes or spiced shrimp.
Cases Produced: 210
Bottling Date: May 9, 2008
Alcohol Content: 13%
Residual Sugar: 0%
Three bottles ended up coming home, or the limit I could fit in my suitcase. I wanted to add that we enjoyed a bottle paired with Bartlett pairs a few nights ago. A perfect match. I highly recommend a visit to Corcoran Vineyards and be sure to tell them The Other 46 sent you.
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