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2012 Melville Vineyards and Winery Viognier Estate Verna's Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

Light yellow.  Fresh lemon and peach aromas are complemented by notes of violet, white pepper and beeswax.  Pliant, gently creamy citrus and pit flavors are enlivened by tangy minerality, which adds lift and nervy cut.  A hint of succulent herbs comes up on the sharply focused, spicy finish, which lingers on.  Quite racy for the variety, especially for a New World version.

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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