I was a skeptic when Virginia announced Viognier as the states signature grape last spring. Signature grapes are great for marketing purposes, but personally, I feel winemakers are still experimenting with different varieties making it difficult to declare a winner. Nonetheless, Virginia Viognier is a personal favorite and one I drink often.
Barboursville Vineyards, a winery with an extensive and impeccable track record, produces a reserve Viognier that ranks among the states best. 100% Viognier and fermented in stainless steel, the wine sees no barrel or malolactic fermentation.
Pretty white floral aromas lead the way, followed by pear, peach and honey on the nose. Elegant and classic, the Barboursville Vineyards Viognier Reserve 2009 is the perfect example of just how good Virginia Viognier can be (and why I may become a believer after all). Medium-bodied, the palate displays similar characteristics to the nose, but with added citrus notes that come through on the finish. Wonderful acidity and balance.
Winemaker Luca Paschina has once again produced a wine that rivals the best Condrieu wines.