11.13.2010

2009 Yalumba Viognier: Musty nose; thick, creamy texture

nov. 13, 2010: frankly, i don't know what to think. this is only my second pure viognier experience. i'm more familiar with shiraz-viognier blends, which i like very much. but this south australian is new, unfamiliar, and i'm finding i need tips to describe this. so i agree that the nose is musty, via http://www.yalumba.com/content.asp?p=213, and (slightly) citrusy and spicy via http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1057406. but otherwise, this feels like a thicker and creamier sauvignon blanc without an expressive nose.

i paired it with chicken breasts that i marinated with yogurt, yellow onions, paprika, salt, cilantro, mint, parsley and garlic. i should have added more salt, but they grilled nicely after marinating for almost 10 hours. i did a fair amount of research to try to find a wine that would pair with this indian dish. not surprisingly, given the difficulty of that challenge, this viognier wasn't a perfect match. i'm thinking a riesling or gewurtztraminer might have been better -- something a bit sweeter, maybe. 13.5 percent alcohol. winetree. $11.59

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