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.

C.

 

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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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