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2012 E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane
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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2014

(all new oak here):  Bright yellow.  Assertive aromas of nectarine, violet and smoky minerals, with a gingery nuance adding lift.  Broad and silky on the palate, offering densely packed orchard and pit fruit flavors that become spicier with air.  The mineral note comes back strong on the finish, which lingers with excellent tenacity and building smokiness.

98 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Condrieu

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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Viognier

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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