90 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2006
($50; for 500 ml.; from botrytized and dried grapes) Bright orange-amber color. Warm, roasted aromas of apricot, cherry pit and blond tobacco. Fat and oily, with a chewy texture and warm, dense apricot and peach compote flavors. A real one-off, showing berry as well as orchard fruit qualities and a lush unctuous finish. I'd drink this with washed-rind or blue cheeses.
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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