Pale gold. Pungently aromatic scents of dried pear, citrus zest, chamomile and violet, with a hint of anise in the background. Concentrated and lively on the palate, with tactile pear skin and Meyer lemon flavors given added power by deeper nectarine and honey qualities. Sharply delineated on the close, leaving chalky mineral and pit fruit nectar notes behind.
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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