Serol Viognier Sur Granite 2016
Viognier, the champion white grape of the northernmost reaches of the Rhone Valley inspires passion, and its rarity only serves to enhance our desire for it. Unfortunately, the grape is all-too-often encountered in nightmarishly overblown caricature, bursting with musky spice and sorely lacking in acidity. This Roannaise offering from Stéphane Serol, however, is tirelessly true to the grape's heritage and potential for elegance, showing clarity and subtlety in addition to exoticism and concentration. Tropical and slick-skinned stone fruit merge with delicate floral notes, clean mineral springiness, and mouthwatering marmalade.
Serving Suggestion: Duck breast w/ plum jelly & smashed potatoes. Gravlax & a hearty salad comprised of arugula, ripe bell peppers, chickpeas, & vidalia onion.