Viognier has a rather narrow ripening range, and this wine is right at or just past the extreme. Leesy peach and melon fruit veers into bitter, gin-like phenolics, which put some bite into the finish. Chilling it down will help to mitigate that bitterness.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.