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2008 Cold Heaven Viognier Le Bon Climat Santa Barbara County
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010

($33) Pale yellow. An exotic, high-pitched bouquet displays orange peel, lemon curd and white peach, with notes of anise and violet adding complexity. Spicy, palate-staining orchard and pit fruit flavors pick up smoke and floral notes with air and are enlivened by juicy acidity. The citrus note comes back on the finish, which lingers with impressive authority.

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Viognier

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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