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2009 Cold Heaven Viognier Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

Bright yellow.  Intensely aromatic bouquet evokes fresh pit fruits, tangerine and white flowers, with a spicy overtone.  Deeply pitched nectarine and citrus zest flavors display a suave blend of richness and energy, turning more tangy with air.  Finishes with excellent intensity, focus and spicy length.  This wine has the power to stand up to rich foods.



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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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