Nothing like something a little "off the wall" to grab my eye in a wine store. That was the case with this wine, a 2009 Vinum Cellars Chenin/Vio, a mixture of 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier. A modest price meant it had to come home for a test drive.
Dinner was fresh blue cod encased in panko crumbs and served with a spicy Louisiana style Remoulade sauce with a touch of curry in it. Interesting play of flavors between the sweet, mild fish and the slight bite of the sauce. It turned out to be a nice pairing with the wine as well.
Straw color in the glass and an unmistakable nose of Chenin Blanc, honeysuckle blossoms, peaches and pear skin. Medium body wine with a great mouth feel to it that certainly brought out the Viognier. Flavors of under ripe peaches, grapefruit, pears, and a touch of cloves. Tremendous acidity to the wine and it ended with a great, refreshing flavors of citrus. It worked wonderfully with the curry flavors in the sauce.
Remarkably it also worked well with the appetizer for the evening, a fresh steamed artichoke with a lemon butter dipping sauce.
80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier, 13.5% alcohol and $13. Good wine at that price.