91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
Bright gold. Spicy, intensely fragrant aromas of lemon zest, orange, gingerbread and jasmine. Silky and
concentrated, with vibrant citrus cut to its melon and pit fruit flavors. Remains seamless and focused straight through the long, spicy finish. For a New World viognier this is extremely pure and graceful.
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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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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