2012 Cougar Crest Viognier, $18.99

To be honest, I’m not that big of a fan of 100 percent varietal Viognier, especially those from the northwest.  Too often they come off as a little over the top, with very ripe fruit flavors that lack balancing acidity. Cinder’s Dry Viognier is one exception, and this Cougar Crest is another beautiful one.  Citrus and melon take the lead on the nose, along with a requisite touch of peach. More peach comes through on the palate along with bright tropical fruit flavors. Lighter in style than most Viogniers with a long, refreshing finish. One of the best I’ve tasted, but don’t take my word for it. The Wine Spectator gave it a well deserved 91 point rating.