Wine of the Week: Brennan Vineyards, Texas, Viognier 2008

Source: Dallas Morning News
By: Rebecca Murphy
Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Brennan Vineyards, Texas,

Viognier 2008, $20.49-$24.99

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Judging from what’s often in the bottle, viognier is a challenging grape for winemakers. It is a highly aromatic variety, but it needs to be ripe for those peach, honeysuckle and apricot aromas to show. By the time the grape is ripe, the acidity is on the low side and the alcohol is on the high side. So thank goodness for those who get it right, like today’s wine from Texas with those fruit-bowl aromas and flavors in full bloom. Yet it has enough acidity to keep it lively. Pair it with a Thai chicken curry or a chicken with mango salsa.

Brennan Vineyards is in Comanche, southwest of Dallas. It is co-owned by Patrick Brennan, formerly of Fort Worth. He thinks viognier is “the white wine of Texas.” He may be right.

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