2008 Panilonco Chardonnay/Viognier

2008 Panilonco Chardonnay/ViognierPrice: $3.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Evaki

What They Said:

Per the bottle “This complex, elegant white combines the crisp, fresh citrus flavours of Chardonnay with the rich apricot and honeysuckle character of Viogier to produce a smooth, ripe, vibrantly fruity wine. Delicious on its own, this wine is the perfect partner to seafood, fish, chicken, pasta dishes and salads.”

What I Think:

Had a few tips on this wine, that is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Viognier, from readers and wanted to give it a try. This one reminded me of a boxing match. In the first round the underdog, viognier, coated the mouth with full bodied yellow fruit flavors. Round 2, in the mid-palate , was taken by the Chardonnay showing some a lighter frame and some more vibrant fruit. The finish was a slugfest with each wine competing to rise above the other. Overall these two grapes more clashed than integrated but in a pleasant way. The result is a draw. At $4 you get what you pay for. I’m drinking these bottles to find those that I think are worth double that so I’ll pass on grabbing another bottle. That said, you should feel free to do so if it sounds of interest.

Rating: Skip It

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5 thoughts on “2008 Panilonco Chardonnay/Viognier

  1. The 07 wasn’t all that bad…haven’t had the ’08, but I’m sure it’s just as you say. All of the cheap TJ’s wines are a crap-shoot from year to year. Some years, they’re really good, and some years they’re appallingly awful.

  2. I am a Wine Enthusiast and I had a bottle of the Chardonnay/Viognier when I went to My Sons Home in Manteca Calif and I have to say I had to come home and have my Daugher Google this product becuase it was the most enjoyable chardonnay I have had in a long time.

  3. Last night we opened the 2008 Chardonnay/Viognier to have with a pork roast. I was pleasantly surprised, as was my wife, at the fruity but dry taste of the mixture. It paired well with the pork and I will go back to Trader Joe’s to see if they have any more. Those complaining of the wine would probably never drink 2 buck chuck as the cost is below there wine desires. This bottle was very good especially when you see the price. Try it, what do you have to lose, considering the price is so reasonable. Decide for yourself.

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