2009 Chester Gap Viognier

viognierI’ve often wondered if Virginia viognier could age, given the importance the state places on the grape.

If this bottle of 4-year-old wine is any indication, the answer is “not so much.” When tasted at the winery a couple of years ago, this was a really tasty wine. I’ve also had a Merlot from Chester Gap not too long ago that was completely enjoyable.

This wine, on the other hand, did not hold up. Bottled with a composite cork, it tasted ok, if muted, when first opened, but then turned into flowery sugar water after about 10 minutes in the glass.

A shame. Not sure if this is an indication of the grape, the winery, or the seal. Regardless, from now on I’ll try to be better about drinking my viognier young.




About davetalkswine

I like to drink and write about wine. I'm an equal opportunity drinker, but gravitate toward France, the Pacific Northwest and up-and-comers like New York and Virginia.
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