2016 Mark Ryan Viognier
If you like so many people are tired of Chardonnay then Viognier is for you! This Rhone varietal is full bodied like Chardonnay but has more floral and tropical notes, which makes it perfect to any crowd that loves both Sauv Blanc or Chardonnay as this is almost of love child of the two.
The 2016 Mark Ryan Winery Viognier is classic and delicious, an easy every day wine for all seasons. As we enter Fall this Viognier would be a delicious pairing with a Pumpkin or Butternut squash filled ravioli (Watch ShaunMyrick.com for recipe soon).
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Once you pour a glass of this wine you will see that the color is a soft yellow somewhere between a sauvignon blanc and a chardonnay. The nose will jump out and smack you with peach, mango and some jasmine. Once on your tongue you will notice it is creamy from the fact that it is aged in oak amongst other types of aging. Flavors of tangerine and pineapple bounce around your tongue along with some minerality. The finish wraps up with a touch of lemon as it elegantly comes to close.
65% Used French Oak
23% Concrete Egg
8% New French Oak
4% Stainless Steel Drum
The grapes came from the Columbia Valley AVA, from the Olsen and Red Willow Vineyards.
This wine retails for $30 and 670 cases were produced.
I think Viognier is one of the best white wines for Fall entertaining. It works well with Pumpkin in savory or sweet forms. Like I mentioned above it would be great with pumpkin ravioli, or even pumpkin pie. Try The Mark Ryan Viognier with my Pumpkin Cream Tart.
When taking photos of this wine, the glass fell over and shattered, luckily not the bottle!