2018 Lawer Viognier Betsy’s Vineyard
2018 Lawer Viognier Betsy’s Vineyard, Knights Valley
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of ripe pear and citrus blossom with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length peach, green apple, and carnation finish with no oak flavor. Concentrated aromas and a length palate make this an extroverted, refreshing summer sipper.
Viognier: If you had to use one word to describe the flavor profile of Viognier, it would be exotic. Aromas of this lovely variety range from peach pie and cream to pineapple and honeysuckle. Famed for its role as the grape of the rare white wine Condrieu from France’s Rhone Valley, dozens of California producers, from Lodi to Santa Ynez Valleys now work with Viognier, as do a few producers in Washington State and even in Virginia.
The distinctive fruit perfumes are so engaging, thus the use of oak is diminished in most versions of domestic Viognier. Most are delicious wines that are at their best at an early age; consume within three to five years of the vintage date. Pair these wines with Asian, Thai or fusion cuisine – especially with pineapple or peanut sauce – or sushi/sashimi.
The Lawer Family Wines story is really quite simple – it’s a celebration and tribute to family and friends. That is our inspiration – and remains our mission – at Lawer Family Wines: Create and produce superior, limited production wines – Duck Shack, Hooker and Three Coins – that can be enjoyed and shared with total confidence with family and friends. From the painstaking care we take at our Sonoma and Napa Valley vineyards to the legendary talent and exacting standards of our winemaker, Larry Levin, the Lawer family name is our signature promise for superior quality and honest value. As my grandmother used to say, “Good taste costs no more!” And great wine needs no introduction, complicated explanations or eye popping price. The secret to great wine is simple: Know what you like, then pursue and savor it! At Lawer Family Wines, that is the goal for every grape we grow…the promise in every wine we bottle.