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Domaine Begude is a small, family-owned property located high in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the Limoux region of the Languedoc. Proprietor James Kinglake believes that Viognier has incredible potential in the region. The natural climatic influence of the Pyrenees to the south, the Atlantic to the west and the Mediterranean to the east provides a haven for grape varieties that excel in a cooler climate. The Viognier vineyards are at approximately 240 meters and are planted on a mix of clay-limestone soils. Though they are not going for Condrieu, ... Read More »
Cave Yves Cuilleron's "Les Vignes d'a Cote" Viognier is farmed in the commune of Chavanay. Organic fertilizers are used in the vineyard, grass is grown to help prevent erosion, and the hand-picked fruit is fermented on native yeasts. A fresh expression of this varietal, which has received so much attention in the New World, from its home turf.
96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled early in June, the 2014 Condrieu la Doriane is neck and neck with the 2013 in terms of quality. It too has sensational, full-throttle notes of tangerines, spice, buttered peach and citrus oil in a medium to full-bodied, elegant, vibrant personality. Give it six to 12 months of bottle age and enjoy bottles through 2020. One of the highlight tastings during my two weeks spent working in the northern Rhône was with Philippe and Marcel Guigal, who in this critic’s opinion, consistently fashion some of the greatest wines in the world. Looking at the ...Read More »
91 points Vinous: "Bright yellow. High-pitched aromas of tangerine, peach and white flowers, with a stony accent gaining strength with air. Bright and racy on the palate, with juicy acidity lifting and intensifying the flavors of white peach and fresh citrus fruits. Finishes with an appealingly light touch, lingering minerality and strong persistence. Quiet elegant for the variety, especially for a New World rendition. According to Chad Melville, his family recently sold their Verna's vineyard, north of Los Alamos and in the Santa Barbara County appellation, because they ...Read More »
92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More fresh and agile than the '13, the 2014 Viognier Estate (tasted out of barrel) has classy peach, citrus and mineral notes to go with a full-bodied, rich, yet pure and even elegant style on the palate. I love its purity and it will no doubt continue to pick up richness and depth in barrel. (JD)" (8/2015)
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the best Viogniers made in all of California is the 2013 Viognier Lia. Barrel-fermented and aged 12 months on its lees and then moved to tank, this wine doesn’t see any new oak. It is a wine of great fragrance, exhibiting notes of apricot jam, honeysuckle, wet stones and some tropical fruit. It is fresh, medium to full-bodied, with crisp acidity and a long finish. Drink it over the next several years. This is the only white made at DuMOL where malolactic fermentation is completely blocked. DuMOL is one of the more admirable wineries in Northern C ...Read More »
This Sonoma Coast Viognier from Cold Heaven is a multi-vintage blend, capturing the best of each year: the structure of 2012 and the depth of 2013. Fermented in neutral French oak, the wine has a luscious texture with notes of almonds, beeswax, melons and grapefruit. Exotic floral aromas add intrigue to this tasty elixir. Pair with spicy food to hit it out of the ballpark.
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Philippe and Marcel continue to pull back on the amount of oak used for their Condrieu, and the wines show more and more freshness and purity, without sacrificing texture. The 2014 Condrieu has lots of minerality as well as classy citrus blossom, white peach and a kiss of apricot to go with a medium-bodied, pure, elegant feel on the palate. It has plenty of fruit, a big mid-palate and is a gorgeous Condrieu ... (JD)" (12/2015) 92 points Vinous: "Green-tinged yellow. complex scents of yellow peach, tangerine, mango and chamomile take on a dusty mineral flourish as the wine op ...Read More »
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Produced in the coastal, limestone specked soils of the Elqui Valley, this is a delicious, bright rendition of Viognier. Orange and yellow skinned stone fruit flavors are tasty and balanced at 13% ABV. (Joe Manekin, K&L Chilean wine buyer)
90 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, rich and polished, with apricot-scented pear and floral flavors on a generous frame. Not heavy, but well-formed. Drink now through 2018. 287 cases made."
Producer Note: "This Viognier has our classic full mouth feel and a clean, lingering finish. Sourced from the famed Bien Nacido Vineyard, we fermented and aged our 2015 Viognier in a combination of stainless steel and neutral French oak. Vibrant aromas of grapefruit and guava abound on the nose, with subtle notes of anise and honeysuckle. Tropical fruits persist on the palate, mingled with stone fruits and delicate minerality. Pair with fresh seafood: think mahi-mahi with tropical fruit salsa or seared scallops."
An expressive, eclectic varietal from a maker of big, sumptuous wines, Darioush's "Signature" Viognier nevertheless has become leaner in recent years, and it's aged in 85% neutral French oak, 10% stainless steel barrels, 5% Acacia barrels instead of new oak. The 2013 even scored 94 points with Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine, and 92 points Wine Enthusiast. The winemaker's notes: "The 2014 Signature Viognier is plush and vibrant, exhibiting an exotic and tropical flavor profile—guava, passion fruit and papaya blended with bright citrus and stone fr... Read More »
Ojai sources their vineyard from own-rooted vines on Roll Ranch which were planted in 1995. From the producer: "Pale yellow. Intensely perfumed scents of lime, white peach, jasmine and anise - very viognier. Bright and sharply focused, offering tangy citrus and pit fruit flavors complicated by dusty mineral and floral notes. Finishes with a lively bite of lime zest and excellent, tangy persistence."
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "An exotic, inviting aroma like apricot and sliced almonds leads to complex and compelling flavors that seem European as they layer peach skin on pastry shell on something almost briny. It is a flavorful, dry, rich, but almost astringent wine with great energy." (7/2016) Wine Spectator: "Distinctive, with mouthwatering peach cobbler, honeysuckle, lime zest and matcha green tea flavors that are bold and intense. Lingering finish. Drink now. 500 cases made. (Web Only, 2016)"
95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "To be released next year, the 2006 Mr. K. The Iceman (287 grams of residual sugar and 9.4% alcohol) possesses zesty acidity as well as extraordinary complexity. It should rival some of the world’s greatest sweet wines. (RP)" (8/2007) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(made from frozen grapes from the Bien Nacido Vineyard) Deep yellow-gold. Intensely spicy aromas of vibrant peach and apricot are enlivened by steely minerality. Lush and sweet but vibrant, with vivid pit fruit flavors, tactile sweetness and outstanding clarity. Possesses a taffeta-like texture, finishing with grip, supple aci ...Read More »
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Specializing in Rhône varieties, Alban Vineyards is an artisan winery with a long term objective of increasing the awareness and quality of Viognier in California. Many wineries have jumped on the Viognier bandwagon in the last five to ten years, but few with as much success as Alban. This late-harvest (named after the sweet Trockenbeerenauslese of Germany) Viognier is an excellent example of what Alban can do.
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90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Viognier is very fresh, with loads of honeyed peach and apricot as well as some exotic lychee and floral notes. The wine has good acidity and medium to full body, with more minerality than most California Viogniers." (8/2010)
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