Naked Wines Franc Dušak Viognier Review
Franc Dušak is a third-generation Slovenian winemaker working with Sonoma grapes and Slovenian grapes. This wine was uninspiring, but still a solid alternative to mass-market white wines available around $15.
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Wine: 2021 Franc Dušak Viognier
Blend: 100% Viognier
Region: Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley, California
Retail price: $28.99
Angel price: $15.99
Angels who would buy again: 93% of 164
I consumed it: February 2023
My source: Nakedwines.com
The Back Label
From this wine club: Nakedwines.com
From this winery: Naked Wines
Wine color/style: White wine
Grape variety or blend: Viognier
Other characteristics: Food friendly
Franc Dušak Viognier: What I think
Viognier, one of the primary white wine varieties of the Rhône Valley in France, has a bit of a polarizing reputation. I’ve heard people say “I’ve never understood what the fuss is,” to which I respond, “then you’ve never had a good Viognier.”
I like my Viognier richly flavored, full-bodied, viscous, floral, and honeyed. Most of the Viognier I drink comes from Paso Robles or Ballard Canyon in Santa Barbara County. Sometimes it has bitter notes and sometimes it’s pure magic. Either way, Viognier makes you think about the wine a little, encouraging you to contemplate what makes a great wine.
Or at least it should. This one could best be described as Viognier-light. It was light in color and body compared to a typical sample, especially from California. For me, it’s a perfect example demonstrating the difference between high-quality fruit and lesser-quality fruit. A top-notch California Viognier retails from $25-45, but this one was just $16.
I don’t think this was cheap fruit, I think it was probably purchased at a discount from a top tier producer in an off year. My bet is on Kamen Estate as they’re the only other producer who bottles one from this tiny AVA more than 2000 feet above sea level. Kamen primarily uses their Viognier to blend in small amounts with their Syrah (as is the Australian tradition) and they seem to only make a single-variety bottling in years where the crop is excellent (which is a common practice).
Regardless of how I think this wine compares with other Viognier wines that ring my bell, I think this one might be a gentler introduction to the variety for cautious wine drinkers looking to branch out. The 100% money-back guarantee offered at Nakedwines.com makes it a no-brainer to try — 93% of 164 Nakedwines.com members would buy it again.
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