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NV Cold Heaven Deux C Viognier
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NV Cold Heaven Deux C Viognier

Producer: Cold Heaven
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Viognier
Origin: France
Region: Rhone
Appellation: Condrieu

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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2005

($50; from the 2003 harvest; half of this blend is Condrieu from Yves Cuilleron, and thus the wine is not entitled to carry a vintage on the label) Medium yellow. Exotic aromas of apricot and apricot skin. Fat, broad and very dry, with an exoticflavor of apricot nectar. A very rich viognier with just enough acidity to maintain its balance. Really fat with fruit, and a bit warm on the end. Normal ly, the addition of some Condrieu would add acidity and floral lift to the riper Sanford & Benedict viognier, but not the Condrieu fromFrance 's roasted summer of 2003.

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About Condrieu

The finest rendition of Viognier comes from the small Rhone Valley appellation of Condrieu, where the best wines from steep, granite-rich slopes show an exotic perfume of peach, apricot, pear, spring flowers, and honeysuckle; a rich but normally dry middle palate; and an overall sense of delicacy. A growing number of wines are being made with substantial residual sugar, but the trend to increasing...
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Emerging from the tiny appellation of Condrieu in the northern Rhone, Viognier has become a rising star in California vineyards, as our American palates have evolved to appreciate more aromatic white wines. Still, the most desired bottlings of Viognier continue to come from Condrieu, a region just south of the city of Lyon. Centuries of cultivation here have taught producers how to...
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