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2011 Charles Smith Wines Viognier Lawrence Vineyard Washington State

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

(from a vineyard in the Royal Slope area; aged in one-year-old barrels for 14 months):  Bright, full golden-yellow.  Very ripe, expressive aromas of mirabelle, lichee and honey.  Large-scaled, broad and dry, showing considerable alcoholic clout to the flavors of peach, pineapple, licorice and lichee.  Less refined than the viognier made by Charles Smith under his K Vintners label but undeniably opulent.  Boasts decent underlying structure but I'd still consume this over the next 12 to 18 months.

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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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