TASTING NOTE: 2010 Oak Grove Viognier
Price: $8.99 at Total Wine
Sight: pale yellow
Smell: vibrant tangerine, Anjou pear
Taste: pineapple, tropical fruit, citrus, oily, full-bodied, dry
Overall: This wine is deceptively big. From the nose, I’m expecting an acidic, soprano, light-bodied little thing, but the actual taste of it is unexpectedly hefty and full. There’s not a whole lot of crisping minerality going on—instead there’s this voluptuous amalgamation of citrus and tropical fruits that completely saturates the palate. And miraculously, in spite of all that fruit, the wine still finishes dry. Something about how this tastes makes me feel like I’m getting something for free—I’m experiencing a myriad of fruit flavor, but none of the sugar that usually comes with it. It’s like eating dessert for days and not gaining any weight. Pineapple, guava, hints of banana, tangerine, pear… and a nice, dry finish. What more could you ask for?