Happy Wine Wednesday! Only four wineries on the North Fork produce the lovely and piquant Viognier, so consider yourself lucky to have a taste of this fragrant and rare gem. I’ll share!
Kontokosta is a new winery out on the North Fork of Long Island. With sweeping views reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting and some seriously interesting red and white wines, this is a must-see on your next visit. This is one of the very few wineries that includes a long and gorgeous stroll to the bluffs overlooking the Long Island Sound. With 62 acres of vines, Kontokosta is breaking into the North Fork wine community in grand fashion.
Due to the threat of mildew and rot, Viognier can be difficult to manage. So much so that it nearly went extinct in the 1960s. The growing and harvesting requires extra care to elicit that sweet, exotic perfume. New York State is no different than France in contending with wet and damp weather conditions. Last year’s hurricane and this season’s slow and wet Spring will attest to that.
While the finest harvests continue to come from Condrieu, France, the Central Coast of California has produced some excellent (and less expensive) vintages and places like Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Washington State have nurtured some noteworthy offerings. And the state of Virginia has deemed it their state grape.
Kontokosta’s Viognier is only one produced of four wineries on the North Fork. It is a golden color with soft aromatic notes of lychee and citrus. It is lightly acidic without overpowering. It is both smooth and spicy, like a good Viognier should be but this is more mellow without a ton of spice or perfume. The fruit is soft and tropical with light melon and honeysuckle on the finish. Viognier is meant to be drunk early to keep that intense perfume fresh as its flavors and scents can mellow after two years. This 2010 from the North Fork should be enjoyed now for its fragrant and oh so lovely notes. Enjoy!