A pair of wines from Windsor Vineyards, which is based in Sonoma County’s Santa Rosa, California.
2017 Windsor Viognier California – This immediately struck me as pretty off-target for viognier, with aromas running to coconut water, lemon peel, and melon — with none of the expected florals and peach/apricot notes evident. On the palate the wine is slightly more in line with expectations, with a slight note of stone fruit pushing through a sizable character that is dominated by white flowers, ground almonds, and a hint of camphor on the back end. Not really my jam. C+ / $16
2019 Windsor Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley – Boldly fruity with notes of blueberries and plump currants, this is an approachable cabernet (despite its young age) with a big chocolate character that evolves in the glass. There’s nothing too far afield in the construction here, with a finish that clearly evokes blueberry jelly, filtered through notes of tar and licorice candy. B+ / $30