BEST of the BEST 2014 | Leisure | Domestic White Wines: Darioush 2012 Signature Viognier

The Darioush winery on Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail is utterly unique, and not only for of its architecture, which combines a romantic vision of the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis with the streamlined, steel-and-glass vernacular of a contemporary nightclub. These elements reflect the multifaceted personality of the winery’s owner, Darioush Khaledi, a longtime wine enthusiast […]

Du Mol 2008 Viognier Lia Russian River Valley

Produced in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, this Viognier received added depth and richness from the intense heat waves that struck the region in September 2008. These conditions increased the wine’s acid level, which perfectly complements its rich, ripe flavors. Aromas of wildflowers and acacia greet the nose, while the palate is treated to a taste […]

Cayuse Vineyards 2004 Viognier

Tasting notes: An exotic confection of lemon-lime, ripe, ginger-spiced pear, and vanilla bean, this unusually sophisticated viognier embraces and enlivens the palate. Worth knowing: While on a trip to Washington State in 1996, Frenchman Christophe Baron purchased a property with lean, rocky soil that reminded him of the soils in some of his native land’s […]