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OAK GROVE RESERVE
VIOGNIER 2008

“Singles Night” – Today is Wine Blogger Wednesday #75. To those of us “geeking” in the wine blogging world, Wine Blogger Wednesday (#WBW75) is always a big deal and this particular Wednesday was set aside for trying a single varietal – hence “Singles Night”.

My choice wine for #WBW75 was Oak Grove Reserve Viognier. This is a single varietal, 100% California. This Oak Grove Viogner has several characteristics that resemble a Chardonnay*, yet it is classic Viognier, through and through.

Viognier is a white grape variety that was saved from extinction to become one of the world’s most “stylish” grape types. It took interest from Australia to breathe the first signs of life back into the variety, after the downfall of it in Bordeaux due to it’s high cost to maintain. A new beginning for the varietal was then built upon by a handful of enterprising winegrowers in California. Popularity grew from there to now make it a 21st century varietal that is irreplaceable.

This fabulous grape, first known as a blending grape, now stands tall on it’s own! It has a beautiful light gold color*and the nose was unbelievable! Sweet pears, melon and slight citrus with a hint of minerals in the background. The taste on this Viognier is remarkable as the fruit is very forward and prominent. Grapefruit; pears and melon with a smooth full body* mouthfeel. You get just a ever so slight oak finish* that’s nice and long.

I rate this wine FOUR BOTTLES as it’s the perfect everyday white to have around the house for any occasion. It can replace a summer Sauv Blanc or a oaky, full body Chardonnay. It’s quite versatile and delicious! The average price for a bottle of Oak Grove Reserve Viognier is $8.99. I found my bottle on sale for $5.99 – leading my one bottle into a case for summer! This is a must try “single varietal” wine!

Cheers to “Singles Night” and #WBW75!

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