Wine Review: 2011 Rallison Pearl Family Vineyards Applegate Valley Viognier

Wine Review: 2011 Rallison Pearl Family Vineyards Viognier, Applegate Valley

Wow, a refreshingly well made wine that is full flavored and relatively low in alcohol from a vintage that is not exactly heralded as one of the better harvests from Oregon. Applegate Valley AVA can be deceiving, especially for blind tastings. The 2011 Rallison Pearl Family Vineyards Viognier tastes like it was made from grapes grown in a moderate climate (not too cool, not too warm) but if you say southern Oregon most folks think of that area as being pretty warm. After all the days get up to 100F fairly often in the summer. To me the endearing factor for this bottle of juice is the simple elegance it delivers—not to be confused with sophisticated elegance. Like the perfect Bolognese or Carbonara sauce or tediously slow smoked pork shoulder, these classic honeysuckle and orange blossom flavors will resonate on even the most jaded of palates.

2011 Rallison Pearl Family Vineyards Viognier

The aromas of the Rallison Pearl Family Vineyards Viognier offer up the same floral complexity found in the flavors I just described with a hint of fresh baked amaretto cookies. Beyond the honeysuckle and orange blossom, there is a fresh roasted hazelnut component and a bit of vanilla bean with a citrus zest twist. The finish is pleasantly surprising for Viognier, as so many versions of this variety will surprise you on the finish but not in a pleasant way. A perfect pairing would be grilled halibut with a tropical fruit salsa with mango or pineapple or both combined with an offsetting component of heat Serrano or Habenero depending on your heat level threshold.

Rating: Excellent (90) | $19 | 12.7% ABV


About the Author:

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 (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.

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