NV Cold Heaven Deux C Viognier
Producer: Cold Heaven
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Viognier
89 Points | International Wine Cellar , 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.
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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