2010 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Viognier

Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Viognier

This is a white wine for red wine drinkers. This isn’t to say that white wine drinkers will not enjoy it as well, I’m simply pointing out that the red wine drinkers will be the group most impressed by this Freemark Abbey offering. It has the style any high-end Viognier should have and it came from a producer that up until recently I had only considered purchasing a Cabernet or Chardonnay from them. I have always considered Freemark Abbey as one of the classic Napa wine purveyors but did not consider the fact that if they were able to create these two varietals well, maybe something exciting like Viognier might be a winner too. This fortifies my recent favorite saying to “drink before you think.” If you take this advice, you might find a whole lot of wines out there that you will enjoy but never tried for one reason or the other. Open your mind and your wine buying budget and try some new wines. Not only will you have a good time, you can share your new finds throughout the holiday season with family, friends and maybe even co-workers.

Rating: Excellent (92) | $20 | 14.3% ABV

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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. Jennifer Chang December 6, 2011 at 12:10 AM - Reply

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    • enobytes December 6, 2011 at 7:28 PM - Reply

      I’m glad you found them useful, thanks for stopping by Jennifer!

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