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2011 Melville Vineyards and Winery Viognier Estate Verna's Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012

(15.8% alcohol):  Light, green-tinged gold.  Vibrant aromas of lemon pith, apricot and jasmine, with a spicy topnote.  Dry, gripping pit and citrus fruit flavors become richer with air and pick up exotic floral and ginger nuances.  Firm, chewy and dense, finishing with impressive clarity and spicy persistence. 

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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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