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Flying Fox Viognier Monticello 2008

Member Review by ChipDWood:

An 'average' Viognier for the buck, particularly when paired against some of the more concentrated and richer entries from the Shenandoah Valley (see: Barren Ridge, 2008 Viognier. Woof.)- but a promising start none the less.The fruit comes from an area called Stuarts Draft, located within the (very quickly) up & coming Shenandoah Valley AVA in Virginia- on the 'other side of the mountain' from the much more popular Monticello AVA. Melon and hints of lemon zest on the nose reveal a light-medium bodied mouthfeel that is pleasant if not "mouth-coating" and luxurious as other have been. If I wasn't a bit jaded in my fortune to have tried more than two dozen Virginia Viogniers from the '08 vintage, I would think this to be a good starter for the doubters concerning the growing capabilities of Virginia and this now-famous white Rhone varietal that has found a home in the Virginia soils. I believe my experience with this wine may have also been jaded since it received such high praise from the woman behind the counter when I brought up the topic of the '08 Barren Ridge Viognier being a candidate for my own little 'White of the year" out of the 'Commonwealth'- and she responded that the Flying Fox was better. To which I now reply, quietly: "Ehhh... maybe '09?" Even for the money, and particularly for the value, I have to say- it's not even in the ballpark. But that is a very tough comparison, as the '08 from Barren Ridge is lightening in a bottle in its own right, and tough to beat- 'Commonwealth-Wide". I am still intrigued enough to pay a visit to Flying Fox Vineyards in the coming weeks to try more of what I feel is a promising start.

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flying fox:
Nestled in the heart of Nelson County wine country of Virginia, Flying Fox Vineyard is a small, family-run winery. After many years of growing grapes we recently made the leap and started producing our own wines. We invite you to come by and taste our limited production wines including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Viognier. A winter fireplace and summer patio will encourage you to ... Read more
Nestled in the heart of Nelson County wine country of Virginia, Flying Fox Vineyard is a small, family-run winery. After many years of growing grapes we recently made the leap and started producing our own wines. We invite you to come by and taste our limited production wines including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Viognier. A winter fireplace and summer patio will encourage you to linger a while at Flying Fox as you “Explore Nelson Wine.” Our vineyard is six and a half acres, planted to red varieties. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc are trained to a Smart-Dyson trellis and the Petit Verdot is on VSP (vertically shoot positioned) trellis. We both love spending time working in the vineyard. It is peaceful, methodical work in a beautiful setting. Watching the vines come back to life in the spring, the trunks a little bigger and more gnarled each year, the rapid growth of the leaf canopy and finally ripening of the grapes and harvest, have come to define our year. We have enticed family members Jane and Jon Zieman to join the viticulture community in Virginia and they now grow our Viognier grapes at Ridge Run Vineyard in Stuart’s Draft. Many of you have asked... "where did you get the name Flying Fox?". We got the idea from the weathervane on the roof of our main building at the vineyard. It is a typical running fox weathervane, but after a hard day working on the vines and a glass of wine, he looks like he is flying above the vineyard. Read less

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Snooth User: ChipDWood
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2.50 5
07/29/2010

An 'average' Viognier for the buck, particularly when paired against some of the more concentrated and richer entries from the Shenandoah Valley (see: Barren Ridge, 2008 Viognier. Woof.)- but a promising start none the less.The fruit comes from an area called Stuarts Draft, located within the (very quickly) up & coming Shenandoah Valley AVA in Virginia- on the 'other side of the mountain' from the much more popular Monticello AVA. Melon and hints of lemon zest on the nose reveal a light-medium bodied mouthfeel that is pleasant if not "mouth-coating" and luxurious as other have been. If I wasn't a bit jaded in my fortune to have tried more than two dozen Virginia Viogniers from the '08 vintage, I would think this to be a good starter for the doubters concerning the growing capabilities of Virginia and this now-famous white Rhone varietal that has found a home in the Virginia soils. I believe my experience with this wine may have also been jaded since it received such high praise from the woman behind the counter when I brought up the topic of the '08 Barren Ridge Viognier being a candidate for my own little 'White of the year" out of the 'Commonwealth'- and she responded that the Flying Fox was better. To which I now reply, quietly: "Ehhh... maybe '09?" Even for the money, and particularly for the value, I have to say- it's not even in the ballpark. But that is a very tough comparison, as the '08 from Barren Ridge is lightening in a bottle in its own right, and tough to beat- 'Commonwealth-Wide". I am still intrigued enough to pay a visit to Flying Fox Vineyards in the coming weeks to try more of what I feel is a promising start.




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