Calliope 2011 Viognier, British Columbia, $16

By on February 22, 2013

British Columbia wineViognier is a high-pH variety, meaning it has a tendency to have lower acidity, making it a flabbier wine. However, in British Columbia, this can be mitigated by the cooler nighttime temperatures that provide naturally higher acidity. That is certainly the case in this example, which opens with aromas of melon, lemon, almond oil and orange, followed by flavors of Honeycrisp apple, pineapple and ripe pear, all backed with surprisingly bright acidity. This will pair with pasta in a light cream sauce or a stir-fry.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 400 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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