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2012 Yalumba Viognier Eden Valley

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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 2013

(made entirely with indigenous yeasts):  Light, bright yellow.  Sexy, energetic aromas and flavors of white peach, pear, melon and tangerine, with an intense floral overtone.  Juicy, focused and palate-staining, with a suave interplay of richness and vivacity.  Shows excellent power and depth on the chewy finish, which is firm and sharply focused but not at all hard.  It's my contention that Louisa Rose, the person behind this and all of Yalumba's viogniers for over two decades now, handles viognier with as much skill as any winemaker in the New World and more than most in the Rhone Valley.  She's also responsible for a boatload of it every year, which makes the wines, most of which are ridiculously underpriced, all the more impressive.  Rose is the chief winemaker for all of Yalumba's production now, by the way, and I hope they don't forget that it's viognier that brought her to the dance.

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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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