($67) Pale gold. Sharply focused citrus and mineral aromas are complemented by suggestions of fresh fig and honeysuckle. Nervy and precise, with tangy lemon and orange flavors and a deeper orchard fruit quality on the back half. Quite elegant for Condrieu, "thanks to the low pH," Texier opined, with strong finishing cut and lingering minerality. I like this style.
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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