A few months ago I toured wineries in California’s Sierra Foothills with friends and wine distributors Terri and Francis of Cellar Door/Great Legs Distributing here in Vancouver. Our wandering uncovered few gems the first day, but we struck gold the next. A jaunt to nearby Placerville placed us at the Mira Flores winery and alongside a sip of the best domestic Viognier I have tasted.
Their website describes “Fermented in oak 20% new French. Sweet aroma of honey suckle and with peach, followed by flavors of nectarine, peaches, and tangerines. An all around food wine” but it is much more than this. The balance is of ultra-smooth acidity and a forward momentum driven by the everlasting notes of stonefruits. There is a pacifying golden impression to soothe your soul in the overall palate.
Marco, the winemaker, and the winery owner Victor graciously presented the wine to us as one of several unique and well-crafted wines as we sat in the tasting room and discussed their endeavors with some cheese and grapes (and as Victor’s daughter introduced me to some tiny collectable clay animals she had proudly amassed). The winery is a well-funded operation and Marco has trained with the finest artisans of the west coast. It’s not surprising that their wines are so delicious.
There are very few bottles of the 2007 Viognier (they make a very limited run) but due to our visit Terri and Francis were able to obtain a few cases for the Northwest. Our wine club members will be some of the lucky recipients of these limited bottles.
This wine is regularly sold for $19.99, but is available only to wine club members for $17.49!
Have you tasted this wine? When you’ve had a chance to enjoy this wine, please return to this blog and leave your comments! Others will appreciate your input, unique viewpoint, and recommendations.