Saturday, September 19, 2009

Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Michael Shaps Viognier 2006

While in Virginia on vacation, I picked up four bottles of Virginia wines, figuring I would try all four and choose one to review. Tonight I opened up the second bottle and had maybe the best white wine find of this summer, a 2006 Michael Shaps Viognier from the King Family Vineyards.

*Michael Shaps has established a reputation for high quality that ranks on an international scale with some of the best wines in the world. For the past eight vintages Michael has created these wines with careful attention to the details of fine wine production. The wines are produced with a traditional old-world style. The whites focus on varietal intensity and the retention of natural acidity. *Virginia Wineworks

The color was very white and clear, almost like water with a little golden hue. The aroma was light with apricot, peach and honeysuckle. This was more light bodied than other Viogniers I had. The fruit flavors with some citrus, like a clementine, filled the mouth and the finish was long and smooth. A lot like between a Sauvignon Blanc and a Gewurztraminer.

This Viognier went OK with a meal of pork hot dogs(a little spicey), fresh corn on the cob and turnip greens(not my choice). I would have rather had pork chops or a pork loin. The price was also a little higher than I like to pay for a Viognier, but this is the best I have had and maybe the best white wine of the summer. I found the wine at Total Wine & More in Virginia Beach for $23, so I can't call it a great buy, but it is definitely a good buy and will look for more Michael Shaps wine on my next trip to Virginia.

8 comments:

The Wine Whore said...

Glad to hear you made it to Total Wine while on your trip to VA!

I like a lot of Viogniers and will have to put this bottle to the test. A little pricey for a Viognier but if you say it's your favorite, I'll have to give it a try!

Cheers!

hampers said...

Thanks for sharing the Joeshico Wine Review. I will give it a try. Viogner from California is my favourite.

Mark said...

The Viognier sounds wonderful. I can honestly say that I've never experienced turnip greens however...

black box wine said...

Note to self...

Next time in VA (which is tomorrow), check out this Viognier.

Let's face it: it's pretty much impossible not to try this wine because of your excellent description. Great review.

Matt said...

ya Michael Schaps wines are a bit pricey but they are worth it. Though if you want some better value but same quality he also makes the Virginia Wineworks brand as well. They are some really great wines.

as for this Viognier, that one is really good. and if you liked it you would probably like Veritas Vineyards viognier which is just as good in my opinion. And its from the same area of the wonderful Blue Ridge Wine trail (I love living around all this good wine).

joeshico said...

Randy: I always try to get to Total Wine when in VA, especially the one in Alexandria. Wish they'd come to NY
Hammpers: Can't remember if any of the ones I had in the past were CA, but I'll now search them out.
Mark: It was a first for me. Greens are very crispy fresh and had a light flavor steamed. Not Bad!
Black Box: Enjoy VA. I do. Check out Mark's comment below.
Mark: Thanks for the info. I did read up on Michael Shaps and will get more of his wine on my next trip. Did bring home a Claret from
Veritas(OK not great)

Matt said...

Their Claret is very nice and is probably my dads favorite at veritas. My personal favorite though is their Red Star, great taste and a great price.

wine australia said...

Thank for making this review. I've been looking for great Viognier to taste and I would like to try this one. My favorite would be 2006 The Widow Jones Viognier.