The 2007 Viognier from Charles Smith was fermented with native yeasts (as are all the K Vintner wines) in neutral oak. Beautiful Viognier characteristics on the nose with white flowers, honey suckle, apricot, white peach and nectarine.
On the palate, stone fruits with some poached pear, apple butter, honey suckle with a touch of mango and citrus. It is not extremely bright or crisp, but more seductive and stylish with soft underlying minerality. Well balanced and certainly not overdone, but seems a bit hollow across the mid-palate but still manages a long, pure finish.
I’m not sure I liked this quite as much as the Melville Estate or the McPrice Myers Viogniers, but it is very well made, approachable, food friendly and a great expression of Viognier from Washington State. I bought this for just under $19 a bottle, though I have seen it priced as high as $27, and it is certainly worth recommending if you can find it at $20 a bottle.
It is also worth noting that the latest Syrah’s from Charles Smith have also been getting some rave reviews. Vew current offerings from K Vitners and Charles Smith.