Viognier for May

Toast the season with a perfect spring wine
Sara Schneider

No wine picks up on the mood of the blooming season like Viognier. Shamelessly floral and aromatic, with honey and tangerine flavors, the best versions also have a hit of crisp acid. The white grape is traditionally grown in France's Rhône Valley, but more winemakers in the West ― in places from Washington to California's Central Coast ― are bottling it now. Here are some of our new favorites ― all 2004 vintages except the Griffin Creek, a 2003.

Freemark Abbey (Rutherford, CA; $25)

Griffin Creek (Rogue Valley, OR; $25)

McDowell Valley Vineyards (Mendocino County; $16)

Stags' Leap Winery (Napa Valley; $25)

Turnbull Wine Cellars (Oakville, CA; $30)

Waterbrook Winery (Columbia Valley, WA; $17)