When searching for a summer white wine, you will probably see 2010 vintages on the shelf of your favorite wine store but don’t pass over the 2007 Chatter Creek Viognier especially when you can buy it for under $10. This Washington Viognier is a dry and delicate white wine. Serve it slightly chilled for a refreshing apertif but don’t let this wine get too cold or some of its best characteristics will hide from you. Last night, I plucked it from the ice bucket and it was a bit too cold. I am liking it so much better today after just 10 minutes in the refrigerator. Today I am getting a lovely light perfume of spring wildflowers with a hint of melon. Crisp and dry on the palate up front, the fruit makes a restrained entrance on the initiation of its extended finish.
Although the Chatter Creek Winery web site lists this wine at $18.00, I have seen it at much lower bargain prices around town. Wine World (sponsor) is having a One Day Sale of this Viognier for only $6.99 per bottle when you buy a case. Sale ends tomorrow morning but you can buy it online today, for pick up later, if you can’t make it into the store before tomorrow.
Gordon Rawson, Chatter Creek Wine Maker, recommends serving this Viognier with fish. I made myself a great little lunch with this Viognier paired with leftovers from last night: almond stuffed olives, Manchego and San Simon cheeses and tabouli. This would be a great wine to stock up on for parties, especially when on sale.