RGNY, North Fork of Long Island (New York) Viognier 2020

($27):  RGNY stands for Rivero González New York.  The family started in the wine business in 1998 in Parras Coahuila Mexico.  Two decades later they acquired the Martha Clara Winery on the North Fork of Long Island.  They have made a brilliant 2020 Viognier, a difficult grape to turn into an elegant wine because it needs to be fairly ripe to exhibit its charms.  And with that ripeness often comes either sweetness or excessive alcohol.  RGNY has somehow avoided those pitfalls.  This one is subtly floral, displaying a hint of stone fruit while weighing in at all of 12.2 percent stated alcohol.  Its delicate peachy notes and balancing crispness makes it a good choice for spicy food or as a stand-alone aperitif.
91 Michael Apstein Jan 25, 2022