Indian Food and Viognier – 2007 Pollak Vineyards Viognier

Since my California trips this year our wine cellar is quite California heavy. Among them though are still plenty of great Virginia Wines to choose from. Last night I needed a Viognier to go with our Indian food that we had prepared so I picked out the 2007 Pollak Vineyards Viognier.  Readers of Anything Wine know that I am big fan of Pollak’s wine and their winery, so it would not be a jump to think that I really enjoyed this one as well.


pollak-logoThe 290 cases Viognier was from all estate grown fruit that yielded a smaller crop than usual due to the hard freeze at the beginning of the season.  The rest of the 2007 vintage was hot and dry and helped this wine to produce rich, powerful aromatics that I love to see in a Viognier. 


Winemakers Notes: 100% Viognier. Hand sorted, the grapes were destemmed and cold soaked 12 hours in our tank press, then pressed and gravity fed into a stainless steel tank. The juice fermented in the tank at less than 70 degrees for ten days.”


My Tasting Notes


Color – golden

Nose – Apricot, honey, Asian pear, phyllo dough

Taste – Mineral, honey, peach and apple

Mouthfeel – medium body, round in the middle with great acidity towards the finish

Finish – long with lots of fruit flavors left over and a healthy dose of “clean” minerality


I love Viognier with my Indian food almost as much as I like Gewürztraminer with my Indian food. The Pollak Viognier, even though it was dry, had enough perceived sweetness from the fruit to go very well with the slightly spicy food.  The backend acidity did a good job of cutting through the rich sauce on the dish which was helpful, since the wine was fairly “rich” itself.  All in all a great, well balanced Viognier, that at $18 is a definite buy.



Pollak Vineyards
330 Newtown Road
Greenwood, VA 22943
Phone: (540) 456-8844
Fax: (540) 456-6565

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6 thoughts on “Indian Food and Viognier – 2007 Pollak Vineyards Viognier

  1. Mmm…that sounds goooood!

  2. vinomadic

    Can only hope & trust there will be occasion to taste Pollak’s wines in the not-too-distant furture…I *do* believe V has a future in Virginia…;)
    Finishing up some of Twisted Oak’s ’04– El Jefe’s & Fermento’s Viognier– myself… a little oaky as fruit recedes with years in bottle…

  3. I’ll need to try Indian w/ Viognier. How spicy was your food?

    I always want a touch of RS w/ my spice, but this might work.

  4. vcuspoon

    Hey Dirty
    I think the food was medium on my spice scale and I LIKE spice so not too hot, any hotter and I would need a Gewurtz or an off dry Riesling. It isn’t too hard to find a Viognier with 1 or 2% RS so you could try that too.


  5. Hello! Came across your site from google search for Pollak and noticed you are from the Richmond area, I’m just south of you in Chesapeake/VB area. Great site and post… have a bottle of the Pollak Viognier, will have to have it with next takeout dinner.


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