Terra d’Oro Chenin Blanc Viognier 2014

Terra d'oro




Do you like the smell of Lemon Pledge?  The mouth feel of a watered dish soap?  Pink grapefruit shampoo?   If so, this is the wine for you.

In the interest of full disclosure, I don’t like Chenin Blanc as a rule.  I find the oily texture off putting and it’s grassy sour acidity gives me the heeby jeebies.  The varietal tastes to me, like an unpleasant Sunday school teacher lacking in personal hygiene.  Oily, funky, and dour.

I do like Viognier, a good one puts me in mind of kissing a flower…intimately.

Curiosity got the better of me and I gave this wine a shot.  It’s not for me, I see where they were going with it, but the Viognier is OBLITERATED for me with the aggressive pink grapefruit flavors of the Chenin Blanc.  Let it warm up and you’ll catch a little bright tropical fruit.   Distinctly full bodied with substantial acidity.  But there’s just no “there” there for me.

This isn’t a “bad” wine, I just don’t like it.  You might.

Suggested pairings:

Shell fish
Other stuff I don’t really like