95 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2011
($140) Pale gold, with a hint of peach skin. A highly aromatic bouquet offers nectarine, tangerine and lemon rind, with intense notes of anise and pungent white flowers. Tangy citrus and underripe orchard fruit flavors gain flesh and weight with air and pick up deeper pit fruit and candied floral qualities. Finishes firm and extremely long, with lingering spiciness and resonating floral and spice notes.
94 Points | Wine Spectator
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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