' Desert Wind Winery - Viognier


2011 Viognier

90 points – Wine Spectator, December 15, 2012
"Silky and spicy, shoehorning plenty of pear, lime and clove flavor into a lithe and appealing frame. Finishes with delicacy."

86 points - Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2013

This wine brings all of this grape’s exuberance with notes of fresh flowers, peach and jasmine. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, it’s broad and full bodied with the alcohol poking through on the finish."

Gold Medal - 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2013 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition

Bronze Medal - 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2013 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition

2010 Viognier

Chuck Hill’s Wines of the Week - May 2011
“This wine hails from the Desert Wind estate vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. Produced using a minimalist philosophy, the fermentation was done almost entirely in stainless steel with just a touch of oak aging. Delicate aromas of floral perfume, melon, honey and mineral lead to a crisp palate that introduces citrus flavors to complement & echo the aromas. Light enough in style for pre-prandial sipping, yet carrying enough weight to accompany Asian cuisine.”

Silver Medal - 2011 Northwest Wine Summit
Bronze Medal – 2011 Seattle Wine Awards
Bronze Medal - 2012 International Women's Wine Competition

2009 Viognier

88 points – Wine Spectator, August 31, 2010
“Light, soft and open-textured, offering pure pear and apricot flavors, with hints of flowers and spice as the finish lingers.”

Brilliant / 3 out of 5 stars - Bev X Magazine
"Very pale color. The nose is fresh with scents of ripe tropical fruits with accents of grapefruit and spring flowers. The palate is equally fresh with crisp, ripe citrus leaning toward orange with flavors of ripe pear and peach trailing on the finish. Lively and charming."

87 points / Silver Medal / Best Buy - Beverage Testing Institute
“Silvery golden color. Aromas of Asian pear, sweet banana cream and pistachio brittle follow through on a soft, silky entry to dry-yet-fruity medium body with notes of delicate anise, white strawberry, and citrus peel. Finishes with a crisp, peppery fade.”

Recommended/Best Buy - Wine Press Northwest, Fall 2010 issue
"Just behind the classic notes of orange Creamsicle are nectarine and jasmine. There’s a hint of oak showing in the palate along with the orange and butterscotch, finished with a dash of Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters."

Bronze Medal - 2010 NextGen Millennial Winemaker Competition

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Review in Statesman Journal (Salem, OR) - February 3, 2011

"Peach, nectarine and grapefruit flavors interweave with layers of cream and gardenia in this wine. Its finish is dry, but acids accentuate the fruit flavors and carry them through to the end."

2008 Viognier

89 points - Wine Spectator, June 30. 2009
"This is refreshingly light, with pear and spice flavors that dance easily through the long, airy finish. Drink now through 2011."

87 points - Wine Advocate, Issue #190 (August 2010)
“Desert Wind Winery’s 2008 Viognier exhibits an alluring bouquet of mineral, apricot, and white peach. Dry, ripe, and fruit-forward, this uncomplicated but tasty Viognier will deliver pleasure over the next 1-2 years.”

Silver Medal – 2009 World Value Wine Challenge
Bronze Medal - 2009 San Francisco International Wine Competition

2007 Bare Naked Viognier

88 points - Wine Spectator, 2008 web only review
"Ripe, soft and appealing for its layers of floral and spice aromatics around a core of baked apple and fresh pear fruit. Drink now." –HS

Wine of the Week - Minneappolis Star Tribune, September 24, 2008
"Some wines taste nothing like they smell, but this is not one of them. A semitropical, floral aroma leads to layers of lush, fruity flavors (I got nectarine and mango). The complexity and long, beautifully balanced fruit-mineral finish belies this wine's $15 price tag. Oh, and it is topped with a screw cap." - Bill Ward, Star Tribune

Wine of the Week - Wines Northwest, October 13, 2008
"[Desert Wind's] Bare Naked Viognier has no oak aging, instead, offering aromas of ripe white peach, Asian pear, baking spice and notes of earthy melon. The palate is crisp and medium bodied, providing an excellent foil for light meats and appetizers."