Casa Silva Viognier 2005 (Organic)

Posted by on Feb 10, 2010 in Wine | No Comments

Good or bad wine? © Gary Allard All rights reserved.

The Lure of Ratings

At the restaurant with my friend, I was lured by two things on the menu:  a rich
mac-n-cheese made with white cheddar, bacon, and scallions and a white wine noted as "organic" and "RP 90 pts." 

A perfect pairing!

I've been on the lookout for an extraordinary organic wine for a while now. So when I saw one with premier wine critic Robert Parker's approval, my mouth said Yes. Surely someone with a world-renowned nose would know better than little ol' me about what kind of wine I'll like.

Turns out, this viognier is too sweet for me, and it lingers with a
long, almost musty finish.
Nonetheless, the wine became much more palatable with dinner, and of
course, the more I drank, the less I cared about the funkiness.

White Wine Info

Bottle    Casa Silva Lolol Estate
Grape    Viognier
Year       2005
Region  Chile
Price     ~$20.00
Shop     Snooth
Food Pairing 
Dishes with butter sauces, curry, lobster, pork, and mac-n-cheese

Viognier is a full-bodied white wine with a good balance of fruitiness and acidity. It pairs well with rich, buttery foods as well as Thai and Indian food.

I prefer mine mixed with fruit, Grand Marnier, and simple syrup for a citrusy white wine sangria.

Robert Parker's opinion didn't turn out to be a total disaster. Next time, however, I think I'll not fully rely on the wine ratings and more on friendly referrals.

Diane Timba
is a contributing writer at Thursday Happy Hour. Check out her
lifestyle wine column here on Wednesdays. Have you fallen for high wine ratings?
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