Occasionally, I think good, cheap Viognier is something of a white whale. Then I stumble on something along the lines of Smoking Loon Viognier and believe again. Renwood has further bolstered my faith in cheap-n-good Vio'
The way I see it, most under ten-$ Viognier suffers from one of two (or both) maladies: nonexistent acidity or ultra high alcohol. Acidity-absent Viognier feels like somebody poured some kind of syrup on the tongue. Überalcoholic Viognier finishes off like a jar of mentholatum. Of course if you're unlucky enough to sip a double-fault V., you might as well gargle gin martinis with your chicken tikka.
Here's to Renwood's "Select Series" 2004 ($10) - cheap & cheerful. Aromatic nose, well-balanced, and pleasantly tasty.
A question to fellow wine blogger Maggie, of The Wine Offensive: Gotta cheap Viognier you might recommend?