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2015 McManis Viognier

September 29, 2017 - Norman Bentley
#37-17-PIE

The Chardonnay Queen and I are spending a little time down at our "Little Cottage by the Sea", so we decided to go out and catch some Speckled Sea Trout for our dinner. We fish with light spinning tackle to catch these tasty specimens of the sea. This time, however the Chardonnay Queen hooked a fifty pound Tarpon, which made two big jumps before taking all the line off of her tiny little 2000 series spinning reel. Tarpon fishermen say that if you get three good jumps out of a Tarpon, then it was a great fight! Well she got two good jumps before he took all of the line, but we did not catch any keeper trout either. So, as a consolation prize, we decided to prepare a delirious dinner and open a good bottle of wine.

The Chardonnay Queen prepared her world famous "Special Shrimp Scampi" while I fixed up a fresh garden salad and opened a bottle of 2015 McManis Viognier. This Viognier is an old favorite which we have enjoyed numerous times in the past. The McManis opens with a fragrant nose which has the aroma of a big basket of flowers surrounded by fresh, ripe fruit, with pear and peach being the most pronounced. The flavors swirl in the glass with an abundance of Bartlett pear and ripe peach, backed with a tangy spiciness, which Viognier is noted for. The finish is crisp and clean with a lingering tang which begs for another sip! The alcohol content is 13.5% and Norm's score is 89.

The wine was perfect with Shrimp Scampi, but we have also enjoyed it in the past with spicy Thai food, and it would make a great companion for Cioppino, or even Bouillabaisse.

score: 89

price: $10 - $14

. Norm

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