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2010 Cold Heaven Viognier Le Bon Climat Santa Barbara County

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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

Pale gold.  Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of nectarine, orange pith, candied ginger, bee pollen and flowers.  Sappy citrus and dried pit fruit flavors stain the palate, with slow-mounting spiciness adding back-end cut.  Lively but powerful viognier, with excellent clarity and floral-driven persistence. 


 

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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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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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