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Wine Pick of the Week: Tesoro Viognier

A funny thing happened on Buzz & Kimberly Olson‘s way to opening a B & B – they wound up getting into the wine business! When they first purchased their property on Rancho California Road, the plan was to open a Bed & Breakfast. The permit process was lengthy and tedious. The economy headed south. They were in Wine Country, so they thought, “Why not start a winery?”

They wound up with one of Old Town’s first tasting rooms. They hired winemaker extraordinaire Etienne Cowper and they have been producing stellar wines ever since. I stopped by last week, visited with Buzz, and tasted four of the wines.

The 2009 Temecula Estate Viognier (vee-ohn-yay) was exquisite. The color is a pale straw and the nose grabs you right off the bat with apricot and melon. It’s extremely refreshing and has a lovely finish. I tried the 2007 Riesling next and found the nose on the softer side, but the wine was full of flavor, not overly sweet and with a long finish. I moved on to the 2008 Rose of Syrah. The yeast Etienne used contributed to the deep color in this rose and there’s a lot going on here. Another perfect summer wine, there are distinct berry notes on the nose: perfect for poolside or as a compliment to spicy cuisine. I finished with the 2006 Trinitia, a Sangiovese-driven Super Tuscan style wine. I keep coming back to this wine. It hits all the right notes for my palate.

I enjoyed everything I tasted and a visit to Tesoro is always enjoyable. My pick of the week is the ’09 Viognier. I think you’ll love it.

Please join us at the lunch meet up on Thursday, August 5th, and enter the drawing to win a bottle of Tesoro wine or complimentary tasting tickets.

Tesoro Winery – Tuscan Treasure in Temecula
28475 Old Town Front Street & 6th
Temecula, CA
(951) 308-0000

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