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2010 Melville Vineyards and Winery Viognier Estate Verna's Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

Greenish yellow.  Aromas of white peach and pear nectar, with lively spice and floral notes adding complexity.  Nervy, focused orchard fruit and honeysuckle flavors pick up sappiness with air and show very good spicy lift.  Clean and brisk on the finish, with the floral and spice notes repeating.  Textbook viognier, and a very good value for the variety.


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