So, a few Joe Firsts here - my first Mendocino wine and my first organically grown wine (at least that I know of). It is also the first Viognier in a while, and sooooo worth the wait.
The 2005 Bonterra Viognier is actually 85% Viognier, with the balance other Rhone varietals (Marsanne 10%, Rousanne 3%) and a touch of Muscat - all organically grown grapes. Greenish-gold in the glass, the wine showed a very attractive nose, starting with hay, green grass and lemon peel, evolving to show some papaya, white flowers, oak, subtle vanilla, and a key-lime pie sort of finish. Bravo! On the palate this medium-bodied white was very well balanced, with an appealing honey (but not sweet) flavour, fresh limes, and a nice lingering aftertaste. It was an excellent match for rigatoni with home made alfredo and fresh summer (organic) vegetables. Note the experts are not big fans of this wine. I disagree - the balance is excellent, and it needs to warm up and air a little to express its complexity - something a power tasting might miss.
Price: C$23.85 (SAQ)