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Wine Review: A Texas Viognier, a True Classic

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McPhersonViognierMcPherson Cellars Texas Viognier 2008

Fact: Texas is known for producing some fine viogniers, and this one from McPherson Cellars in Lubbock is at the top of the heap. A crisp, clean wine with plenty of fruit flavors and a screwcap, it is full-bodied without being oily or unctuous.  Aromas of pear and apricot give way to bright acid on the tongue. Cost is $14 a bottle.

Feeling: Cut through the rest of the summer heat with a wine that’s bright and refreshing, yet sturdy enough to stand up to fall fare, such as pumpkin ravioli or corn chowder.  I’ve had several bottles of this over the past few months, and each has been a delight.

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3 Responses to “Wine Review: A Texas Viognier, a True Classic”

  1. Bill says:

    So at Kroger on Friday, I found something I had never seen before: a 2007 Stag’s Leap viognier. It was in the cut-out cart at $5.95. I bought it, merely on the reputation Stag’s Leap has for its reds. Bargain or boondoggle?

    • John Griffin says:

      Most likely a bargain. You should always shop the bargain carts or check out the shelf prices. You never know what you’re going to find. Walmart recently marked down a tremendous amount of wines to $7 a bottle. I didn’t get any of the Taittinger Champagne for that price, but I did Montes Alpha Syrah and Chardonnay, Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Trimbach Pinot Gris and too many other bargains to list. I’ve already had several, and all were excellent.