Review: 2011 Stags’ Leap Viognier

By Duane Pemberton
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While California has never been really known for “killer Viognier” there  are a few producers in that state which seem to do a pretty good job with it. This 2011 Stags’ Leap does a good job of combing fruit, acid and some minerality.


Technical Data: 

  • Vineyard sources: Oak Knoll and Carneros
  • Varietal composition: 100% Viognier
  • Alcohol: 14.1%
  • Cooperage: 20% in Stainless Steel, 80% Neutral French Oak
  • Production: 2,343 cases
  • Price: $30

On the nose: Lemongrass, pineapple, honeydew, kiwi, grapefruit peel and peach.

On the palate: A very good-tasting combination of minerality, peach, and citrus. Spot-on acids combine with the fruit notes that help hold it together on the mid-palate which leads into a lingering, dry finish. My only real issue with it is that you can find one equally as good if not better from Washington State for under $20.

W.E.P. Rating: 85%