92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012
Bright gold. Intense, spice-accented pit fruit and floral aromas are complicated by honey and white pepper. Lively acidity gives lift and cut to the fresh nectarine and pear flavors, with a late note of anise adding nuance. Finishes creamy and very long, with resonating notes of white flowers and ginger.
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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