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Wine Recommendation

Jefferson Vineyards Viognier  (Monticello)

Jefferson Vineyards

2005 Viognier

Because it's not done very much or very well here on Long Island, I don't drink a lot of Viognier. There is an East Coast wine world beyond New York, of course and Virginia, one of the better regions is known in some circles as Viognier country. In fact, the editor of the Virginia Wine Gazette likes to use the phrase "Virginia is for Viognier."

I may have limited knowledge of Viognier, but I can tell you this -- Jefferson Vineyards 2005 Viognier is an outstanding, well crafted wine. Just a few swirls releases the wine's aromas up out of the glass -- with fresh flowers, stone fruit and hints of lemon. On the palate, this wine displays ripe fruit with apricots, peachs and pineapples accented by honeysuckle, lemon zest and a light tingle of acidity on a pleasant finish.

The fruit is so ripe here that it almost tastes sweet, but I doubt that there is much, if any residual sugar here.

If I hadn't known that this was a Viognier, I would have pegged it as a floral Riesling. Delicious!

Reviewed August 1, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.

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The Wine

Winery: Jefferson Vineyards
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Viognier
Appellation: Monticello
Grape: Viognier
Price: 750ml $24.95

Review Date: 8/1/2006

The Reviewer

Lenn Thompson

Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,
Long Island Press, Long Island Wine Gazette, Edible East End
and Two words describe his taste in wine — balance and nuance. Lenn prefers food-friendly, elegant wines to jammy, over-extracted fruit bombs and heavy-handed oak. When reviewing, Lenn tastes each wine three times — alone right after opening, with food, and again the next day — believing that 90-second reviews are unrealistic and not how the average person enjoys wine.