I will be honest with you…the last time I had a wine from the Carolinas, I threw it out. This is coming from a girl who spent the first 25 years of her life living in South Carolina before I ventured out to sunny, Southern California. I was a little apprehensive when a bottle of North Carolina Viognier arrived from Biltmore Estates (a winery located on one of the most beautiful estates I have ever seen) but I am happy to say the wine from the Carolinas has come such a long way since I last had a glass.
Biltmore Reserve Viognier 2010 is 100% Viognier from North Carolina. It has 13% alcohol and retails for $18.99. For more information see www.biltmore.com
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
Biltmore Reserve Viognier pours a pale gold in the glass. The nose has invigorating aromas of lime, melon, and kiwi. The palate is tangy and full of strawberry and citrus flavors. The finish is unique with a healthy dose of acidity and some spicy, white pepper. The wine could use a touch of elegance but overall I really enjoyed the wine. If this is any indication of the progress of NC wines, I will have to another bottle soon! Cheers!
My Wine Rating- B-
Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine goes well with pan seared scallops, a spider roll (sushi), or grilled halibut.
*This wine was sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review