Michael Shaps, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Viognier, Charlottesville, VA, 2015 has a rich golden yellow hue. Aromas of pear, golden apple, peach and mandarin orange fill the nose. The back of the nose has faint hints of perfume trying to break through. The front of the palate bursts with fresh citrus notes balanced by stone fruits. There is a pleasant tart acidity that has your mouth begging for another sip. As you keep enjoying the wine the fruit on the palate becomes more pronounced.
Now for the good and bad news about the Michael Shaps, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Viognier is only available at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. That can be bad news if you are not close to Richmond, VA. The good news if you live close to RVA you can spend a pleasant morning enjoying great artwork, walking around to build up your appetite. Then head to the third floor and to the museums fine dining restaurant Amuse. I enjoyed a special of Barrel fish with black rice, sautéed escarole with a pequin pepper puree. The front of the bottle depicts Cezanne’s Victor Chocquet, CA from the collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon.