Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Goose Watch 2007 Finger Lakes Viognier

Tired of Rieslings and Sauvignon Blancs – not to mention
Chardonays? Viognier is a great way to break out of the white wine rut.

This Viognier comes from one of our favorite Finger Lakes wineries, Goose Watch Winery. Goose Watch specializes in truly unique premium wines with a selection unlike any you will find anywhere in the world such as Viognier, Pinot Grigio, Traminette, Melody, Diamond, Merlot, and Lemberger. This winery is one of the best reasons to visit the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.

I’ve enjoyed some outstanding Viogniers from California and the Northwest and this wine holds its own with some very noted competition.

One of the main differences between Viognier and Riesling is the medium body, a few notches up from Riesling. Riesling can, in unpracticed hands, be a bit watery. This has a lovely, delicate tropical fruit flavor with floral notes.

This Goose Watch beauty is dry with only 0.5% residual sugar. The alcohol is 13%.

It matches nicely with seafood, poultry, and fruit. It has also bagged its share of gold medals in wine competitions. The 2007 vintage is no longer available, but the 2008 can be ordered online for a reasonable $18. There were 500 cases of the 2008 vintage produced.

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