Established in 2002, Serenity Cellars is the winery of Joe Smith, the talented winemaker for Yonah Mountain Vineyards. Available in the Yonah Mountain Vineyards tasting room located at Sautee Junction, just south of Helen, Georgia, the Serenity Cellar wines happened to be some of my favorites on a recent visit (read more here). Under the label, Joe produces an excellent Traminette, a Syrah and Chambourcin blend named Tranquility, a Rosé and a varietal correct Viognier.
I had actually started to give up on the variety in the state before tasting the Serenity Cellars 2008 Viognier. Perhaps my past affairs with Georgia Viognier were attributed to poor vintages, but most were hot, thin and/or one-dimensional. I’d be remiss not to mention that these wines weren’t cheap. Most ranged in price from $20 to $30 on the high end. Not exactly what one would expect to pay for Viognier. The Serenity Cellars Viognier breaks the mold, not the bank.
A nose of pineapple and lemon, tropical fruits abound. Flavors of peach, honey and grapefruit combine in a wonderful wine with bright acidity. At $20 retail, I’m confident this wine can compete with the upper-echelon Viognier’s from Virginia. Cheers!
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