Just a quick tasting I’ve been waiting to do.  We joined the Michele-Schlumberger wine club while we were out tasting last weekend and went home with our first “shipment.”   It included a red and a white and this is the white.

2009 Michele-Schlumberger, Wine Bench, Viognier

The Nose: There is really not much here, a light hint of perfumy fruit, but just barely, and I’ve been letting this wine warm up a bit to try and coax something extra from it.
The Taste: There is a tart acidity with a waft of alcohol.   Maybe a hint of apple seed, you know when you accidentally leave an apple seed in an apple and you crunch into it, it’s bitter and astringent.  As the finish lingers there is a pleasant minerality, but it doesn’t show up until you have already set the glass down
The Mouth Feel: This wine is light and is reminiscent of water
The Color: Light straw, pale yellow, beautiful color really (may be this wine’s best quality)
The Nitty Gritty:
Harvested September 28, 2009
pH: 3.54
ABV: 13.5%
Aged in Stainless Steel
280 Cases Produced
The Price: $24 (as part of the wine club shipment)

The Verdict: I am really bummed out with this wine.  It doesn’t do anything for me.  It is used in their Syrah, for blending and perhaps it’s best served there.  I don’t know if I just don’t have a palate that appreciates Viognier or if this wine is just not good.  I would not recommend this Viognier.  I guess I’m extra disappointed since the Reds (and Chardonnay) that I tasted last week at the winery were awesome.

75 points, D+

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