Cristom has established themselves as one of Oregon’s finest Pinot Noir producers since their start in 1992, but they have also spent a significant amount of time bringing new white varietals to Oregon. Like Pinot, Viognier varietal thrives in the coolish climate of Oregon, as the weather matches its traditional growing areas in central and northern France.
Cristom Vineyards Winery is located just to the northwest of Salem, Oregon, in the heart of the Willamette Valley AVA. The first half hectare of Viognier was planted in 1993, with success, another half hectare was added in 2003. Following several cool vintages, the decision was made to graft half of the Syrah to Viognier. The leap of faith to produce the first estate Viognier in the Willamette Valley has paid off considerably. The Cristom whites are very limited in availability, even in the US. Currently, the Viognier is only available through WineCollective! Enjoy today or cellar until 2023, serve at 8-10C.
Shimmery sunshine yellow, with a brilliant core and paler edges and green reflections.
Cristom wrote the book on Oregon Viognier, and this is textbook! Intoxicating and exotic floral aromas, combined with supple and succulent pears and tropical fruits. The rich perfumes are supported by mineral accents and the aroma of baked croissants.
The 2015 vintage received 93 points from The Pinot File, noting "Delicious flavors of pear, apricot and pastry cream, with a hint of tropical fruit and nuts. Slightly creamy in the mouth, with impeccable balance, finishing with a lingering and refreshing presence. One of the New World’s best examples of Viognier." We agree, this showcases the optimal potential of Viognier and everything that we love about Cristom wines.
With so many layers and tonnes of complexity, we think it is important to match with a dish that is simple, while still being interesting. Pork or quail have a richness to match the wine, but should be prepared simply roasted with herbs and lemon.
Antao Vaz, Arinto, Viognier, Semillon
Retail: $22.00 Club: $19.80
Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Clairette
Côtes du Rhône
Retail: $23.99 Club: $18.49