2009 Domaine du Viking Vouvray Tendre

SKU #1074809 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light, bright gold. Exotic aromas of passion fruit, mango, spicecake, jasmine and honey, with a slow-building undercurrent of smoky minerals. Round and sappy on entry, repeating the exotic fruit and floral qualities and providing very good palate coverage. Showing a lot of personality today. Finishes smooth and delineated, with the mango and floral notes echoing.  (6/2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Fresh pineapple, candied lemon rind, and alkaline, saline maritime suggestions on the nose of the Viking 2009 Vouvray Sec Tendre lead to a firm yet subtly oily, tart yet lightly sweet palate impression, with citrus rind, lanolin, and quinine bitterness gaining prominence in a bracing but also faintly metallic finish.  (8/2010)

Wine Spectator

 This opens quickly, with friendly quince, pear and fig notes laced with warm piecrust and ginger hints. Stays juicy enough on the slightly open-knit finish. Drink now.  (10/2009)

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