Favia Suzie Viognier 2013
This is one of those wines that you dream about, but have no idea what it's going to be like until you open the bottle and start to drink the wine. I was introduced to Favia wines through a slightly unorthodox manner. A client of mine at the wine shop asked if I had ever had the wines. I said no, but I had heard of the winery. The interesting part is that their last name was Favia as well. He commented on the wine and it was at that moment I started looking into the brand. What I found was nothing less than outstanding. With the exception of the 2011 vintage (not one of Napa's finest), almost all of the recent wines scored better than 90 points and many with near perfect ratings.
I was fortunate enough to be offered some of the 2012 Cabernet and Cab Franc, which I gobbled up in no time and they were equally sold in almost as short a period of time. Then my rep offered me the 2013 Suzie Viognier. Named in honor of Marie Suize, a female prospector who searched for gold in and around Amador County during the California gold rush, frequently admonished for her practical, pants-wearing tendencies. This Amador County 100% Viognier is lovingly aged in neutral oak and stainless for up to a year.
Tied for the highest rated Viognier EVER by Wine Spectator at 94 Points, I had to bring it in, and consequently, buy some for myself. It has been languishing in my cellar for over a year. Thanks to a friend of mine, and her announcement that she was going to be making a seafood extravaganza (okay, maybe not quite that, but a lavish meal none the less). My first thought was Champagne. Then it hit me. What better than a plush, fleshy and minerality laden Viognier. It did not disappoint.
It's unlikely that the 2013 vintage is still available, but the 2014 vintage may be out there. With only 170 cases total for either, it won't be easy to find, but if you do, and the price tag doesn't scare you off, around $75, then try it for yourself.