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As a professed CA Viognier-hater, I have lately been encouraged by efforts to tame the cloying, overripe apricot characteristics that can dominate this varietal. Well, I have found Viognier heaven up in Washington State and this Walla Walla example, the source wineries signature white, is a pitch-perfect effort that will make you never want to touch another Washington Chardonnay.
Priced at $24/bottle and as food-friendly as all-get-out (not to mention uber-poolside-friendly), its a fantastically utilitarian purchase at $12/bottle. (this is the stainless-steel-fermented sister wine to N.98 barrel-fermented Viognier from same producer).
The nose is multi-faceted and complex with jasmine perfume and pretty orchard fruit notes lifted on spicy, honeyed mineral aromas. In contrast to the brisk bouquet, the palate is a complete head-fake; expecting bright acidity one instead finds the classic, chewy viscousness of Viognier. Smooth as a babies butt, the mid-palate serves up creamy saline on entry then turns fleshy with honeyed peach and pear fruit riding a chalky beam of minerality into the citrus-kissed sunset. Bone-dry and beautiful. Serve at cellar temp (55 degrees) with spicy Asian fare for pairing perfection.
here). But knit-together they have with N.97 showing beautifully now, boisterous with perfumed ginger, blossom and rock. Fleshy pear on the midpalate with lots of cardamom and camphor blasting on the finish. This is an intense wine with huge complexity.
100% Viognier100% stainless steel14.5% alc.Bottled December 18th, 2020
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