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Professional Ratings: 92 The Wine Advocate, 92 Wine Enthusiast, 91 James Suckling, 90 International Wine Cellar
Region: Central Coast, California
Other Info: Boutique Wines
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 112075
The 2009 Viognier, Santa Barbara County is again classic viognier in the Condrieu vein. This wine has great acidity and correct varietal aromatics. It combines the fruit from two vineyards: Refugio Vineyard fruit (23%) provided a lighter, floral-peach, mineral element to the wine. Bien Nacido Vineyard fruit (77%) adds body, glycerin, acid, and a burst of tropical and peach aromas. It was fermented in neutral, French barrels.
This wine pairs well with seafood - lobster, sole, shellfish.
The 2009 Viognier is striking in its juicy apricots, peaches, mint and lime peel. All of the elements are beautifully woven together in this rich, textured Viognier that achieves remarkable harmony while avoiding heaviness. This is impressive juice. The fruit was sourced from Bien Nacido (78%) and Refugio Ranch (22%). The wine was fermented and aged in neutral oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.
Expresses Viognier’s ripe, exotically lush side, with strong flavors of tropical papayas and golden mangos, spicy tangerines, Key lime pie and tangy green apple jam flavors. Neutral oak gives a needed touch of creaminess, while a crisp burst of acidity provides clean balance. A beautiful, dry and versatile wine.
This is very perfumed with a mineral and peach character. Full-bodied, yet very agile and bright with fresh acidity, zesty, and a lemony, licorice aftertaste. Bright and clean.
Yellow-gold, with a hint of green. Spicy aromas of Meyer lemon, white peach, hazelnut and violet. Bright in the mouth, offering juicy tangerine and peach flavors and notes of lemon rind, white pepper, nougat and a waxy, honeyed nuance. A brisk but fleshy wine that finishes with lively citrus lift and energy.