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We can tell you this much: our Kalinda private label hooks you up with awesome wine at a fraction of what you'd otherwise pay for this exact same wine under its normal label. While we have to remain quiet about the source of this lovely Viognier, we can tell you that it sells elsewhere at a higher premium. Get it while it lasts.
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While labeled as the Central Coast release, the 2014 Viognier comes all from estate fruit in 2014 and going forward. It has been, and remains, one of the great values in Viognier from California. Giving up lots of ripe peach, flowers and exotic honey, it's rich, unctuous and concentrated on the palate, with fabulous purity. It's already a terrific drink, but will continue to impress for several years. (JD)" (8/2015) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Appealingly focused, with vivid and juicy fresh mango, apricot and peach flavors, showing honeysuckle and chamomile details. Refreshing finish ...Read More »
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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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 »
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 »
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)"
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 »
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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Viognier Estate checks in as a new benchmark for me on California (and United States) Viognier. Bottled in August of 2015, it offers terrific notes of white flowers, honeysuckle, tangerine and apricot, with full-bodied richness, a layered texture and a great finish. This is a big wine, no doubt, but it stays lively, graceful and elegant. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years. After the cool, and then cold, 2010 and 2011 vintages, 2012 through 2014 is a return to the more generous, layered and voluptuous style of wine that this estate is known for ...Read More »
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."
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.
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 »
91 points Vinous: "The 2014 Viognier Roll Ranch is another delicious white from Ojai. The floral, honeyed notes typical of Viognier open up nicely, but the fruit here is picked just before the more tropical side of the grape develops. Beams of supporting salinity give the wine notable brightness to complement the creamy, layered finish. (AG)" (9/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While a rock solid white with its clean, crisp notes of peach, citrus and mint, the 2014 Viognier Roll Ranch lacks any true Viognier character. Nevertheless, it's a high quality, classy white to drink over the coming couple of ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "Honeysuckle and white peach show on the nose of this bottling from the region's longtime Rhône producer. It's a simple and straightforward take on the grape, with dried white peach, lemon-lime candy and apple-peel flavors, wrapped up with buzzing acidity and grippy texture. (MK)" (2/2016) Wine Spectator: "Clean and crisp, mixing white grapefruit, apple and peach flavors, accented by toast and dried floral notes. Refreshing finish. Drink now. (MW)" (3/2016)
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even better, the 2012 Condrieu (same elevage as the 2011) is a slightly fresher effort that offers vibrant white peach, apricot, flowers and assorted tropical notes. Possessing awesome acidity and freshness, yet still showing the texture and depth of the appellation and variety, it is a knockout Condrieu to enjoy over the coming 4-5 years." (12/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale gold. Pungently aromatic scents of dried pear, citrus zest, chamomile and violet, with a hint of anise in the background. Concentrated and lively on the palate, with tactile pear skin and Meyer lemon fl ...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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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Viognier, which mostly comes from Southern Oregon, has an attractive bouquet with scents of honeysuckle and jasmine emerging from the glass, neatly avoiding any blowsy tendencies. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, a pleasant saline note, terse at first but I appreciate the tension and salinity on the finish. This is a well-crafted Viognier that should drink well for 5-7 years. (NM)" (5/2016)
93 points Vinous: "(raised in 50% new oak for 18 months): Light, bright yellow. An intensely perfumed, expansive bouquet evokes ripe citrus and pit fruits, violet, candied ginger and fennel, with a bright mineral overtone. Deeply concentrated yet light on its feet, offering palate-staining orange, nectarine and honeysuckle flavors and a subtle, sweetening touch of vanilla. The floral quality carries strongly through an impressively persistent and focused finish. (JR)" (3/2016)