We don’t like to play favorites in our wine reviews but … sometimes it’s hard to do that, especially with this wine. The first time I had it was on my first anniversary trip through California with my husband. Once arriving in Napa Valley, Darioush was our first stop and still remains one of our favorites. The winery itself is absolutely breathtaking (as you can see above), the wines are unique and delicious and the staff are all wonderful. (PS want some tips on planning the perfect Napa Valley getaway? Find them here).
Now let’s get back to the wine. White is not usually my husband’s first choice but our tasting guide insisted that we tried the Darioush Signature Viognier. Boy am I glad we did, and you will also be really glad you did! (You can find it online here).
First Impression: As you are first pouring, you may be thinking Chardonnay. The color and body are reminiscent of Chardonnay but the taste is very different. The aroma is dead on honeysuckle with some hints of orange. The winemaker nailed it’s texture perfectly by calling it a “lightly chalky texture.” Not too heavy, not too light.
Taste: This is an eclectic varietal so you may be surprised by it’s taste. It coats the palate at first but then really brightens up. I tasted pear, oranges and peach. The winemakers also mentions notes of kumquat, apricots and rose petal.
Special Notes: The 2011 is still a new vintage but the past vintages of this Viognier have gotten much praise:
- 2010 Vintage: Robb Report’s Best of the Best 2012: Domestic White Wines: Darioush 2010 Signature Viognier
- 2009 Vintage: Wine Spectator’s Top 12 California Whites for $40 or Less (90 Points!)
Pairing Tips: This is a bold wine so try to stay away from really light foods, they’ll just be lost behind the wine. It works great with any kind of cheese plate like our Truffled Pecorino, Apple and Honey Crostini. This might sound crazy but this would work great with fried checking (just try it!). Better yet try our Perfect Fried Chicken Recipe.
Have you tried Viognier before? What’s your favorite white wine?