By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.roxyann.com
All too many people outside of the Rogue Valley / Applegate Valley in southern Oregon know about the great wines that are coming out of that region. Viognier – when done well – is one of my favorite white wine varietals as I’m a huge sucker for aromatics.
RoxyAnn is a small-to-medium-sized winery in Medford Oregon and produces quite a wide variety of wines from grapes which would be off-limits to the Willamette Valley. This Viognier has gone though barrel fermentation on mostly neutral oak so it retains a nice roundness on the palate without being too oaky.
- Blend: 100% Viognier
- Vineyard Source: 100% Estate
- Cooperage: 100% Barrel fermentation, 33% New French and American Oak Barrels, 50% Malolactic Fermentation
- Alcohol: 14.4%
- Production: 1294 Cases
- Retail: 20
Nose: Gorgeous floral pop right off the bat – notes of violet, lavendar, peach fuzz, kiwi, pear, blood orange, white pepper and roses.
Taste: I get beautiful notes of jasmie, lavendar and peach right up front – this is closely followed with a creamy grapefruit and apircot action that’s been lightly hit with white pepper. An insanely good mid palate thanks to the full ML and oak program – it’s a Viognier that has the mouthfeel of a well-made Burgundy Chardonnay. Rounded, smooth and sexy without losing any of the beautiful floral notes that still tell you it’s Viognier.