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2012 Domaine Rene Rostaing Condrieu La Bonnette
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2014

Pale chartreuse color.  Pungent, highly perfumed aromas of orange pith, poached pear, white flowers and iodine.  Juicy and deep but surprisingly energetic, with appealing sweetness and a smoky accent to its tangerine, pear nectar and honeysuckle flavors.  Finishes with firm cut and impressive length, the floral and mineral notes repeating.  Distinctly concentrated but surprisingly vibrant Condrieu; this will be very flexible with a wide range of foods.

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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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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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