At my favorite Asian restaurant the other night, friends were fighting over Kung-Pao this, sweet and sour that, and something with broccoli - my head was spinning. While the banter continued, I sat back with confidence knowing that whatever dish combination they ordered, it was all going to pair wonderfully with the 2009 Penner-Ash Viognier. And it did!
This delicious Oregon white is defined by balance and purity. Rich floral notes are intertwined with a hint of citrus, melon and red pear on the nose. A creamy texture of layered tropical fruit gives way to an expressive nose of peach, apricot, and mango. Balanced acidity on the mid-palate is vibrant and cleansing. While not sweet, the finish shows the slightest hint of residual sugar and fruit - a welcome complement to anything spicy. Among other thing, I opted for the Peking Duck that night. It too married perfectly with the richness of the duck and fruitiness of the plum sauce. Cleansing acidity on the finish kept us all wanting another bite of our favorite dish and another glass to wash it down.
Penner-Ash Viognier is a welcome complement to anything spicy, sushi or lighter poultry dishes. Enjoy this very limited wine over the next 3 years.