92 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013
Light, bright gold. Fresh peach and melon aromas are brightened by notes of citrus pith and dusty minerals. Rich yet lively, offering vibrant citrus and pit fruit flavors that put on weight in the glass. Shows excellent clarity and power on the finish, which echoes the mineral and floral notes with authority.
The finest rendition of Viognier comes from the small Rhone Valley appellation of Condrieu, where the best wines from steep, granite-rich slopes show an exotic perfume of peach, apricot, pear, spring flowers, and honeysuckle; a rich but normally dry middle palate; and an overall sense of delicacy. A growing number of wines are being made with substantial residual sugar, but the trend to increasing...
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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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