The 2009 Honey Moon Viognier is a Trader Joe’s exclusive sourced from vineyards from at least two California wine growing AVA’s. Viognier is usually used in white wine blends and is one of the few white grapes that is added to red wines. Viognier has a beautiful floral nose and is often added to wines (white & red) to bring a lovely fragrance to aroma challenged wines. Trader Joe’s offers the Honey Moon Viognier for $5.99 (in the Midwest). The alcohol content is 13.5%.
The color is a pale sunshine yellow. You do not have to get the glass too close to your nose to get the full effect of the Viognier nose, there is pineapple, apricot, peach, magnolia blossom and a slight touch of minerality. Medium to light bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel. There is a nice blended mix of citrus and ripe fruit, pear with lime and peach with lemon. Most of the fruit happens upfront with mostly citrus on the mid-palate. The finish is ripe peach and while not very strong does linger on and on.
The 2009 Honey Moon Viognier is a very tasty, solid 6 buck wine. A quality mix of citrus, fruit and flowers, the Honey Moon Viognier would pair well with many not too spicy dishes, seafood, roasted chicken and your usual Brunch fare. When chilled this would make a terrific hot summertime patio wine.