2007 Bridlewood Central Coast Reserve Viognier

SKU #1040955

From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale, green-tinged gold. Peach, pear and mint on the nose, with a subtle lime zest quality adding verve. Fresh orchard and citrus flavors are a touch sweet, which would make this a good match with spicy Asian fish or chicken dishes. The smooth, clinging finish leaves a juicy peach note behind." (Nov/Dec '08) From Robert Parker's "Value Issue:" "The 2007 Viognier Reserve possesses classic notes of apricots and honeysuckle as well as good fruit, acidity, and freshness. Drink it over the next year." (08/08) Why drink chardonnay when there's fresh, aromatic viognier from the Central Coast? Blooming with honeysuckle, melon and tropical fruit aromas, this wine intoxicates from first sniff. In the mouth it's clean and round, with honeyed tropical fruit and food-friendly acidity.

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Price: $14.99

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 By: KLF |  Review Date: 9/3/2009 
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The nose is ideal, which unfortunately sets my expectations for greatness that creates a crash-and-burn situation at the midpalate that has me asking: what is this varietal again???

I wish I had the eneological background to tell you what this is, but instead, I'll say this: The Copain 2007 viognier is my current value-wine standard for American-made viognier if you are looking for flavor sets that flirt with Condrieu. If you are looking for a more mellow, higher-acid-and-mineral European value, try the Guigal Cotes du Rhone blanc. It has 50% vioginer this time around (which is a strange blend for CdR) but it works really well...especially at 11.99.

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Varietal:

Viognier

- Relatively challenging to cultivate, this white grape's plantings were long limited to two appellations in the Northern Rhône - Condrieu, the better known of the two, and Château-Grillet - but its recent gains in popularity inspired plantings in the Languedoc-Roussillon, across California, as well as in parts of Australia, Italy, Spain and South America. Intensely aromatic and full-bodied, Viognier is prized for its aromas and flavors of stone fruits, d'Anjou pears and white flowers. In fact, its heady perfume wins it the honor of being a rare white varietal used in one of the world's top reds - Côte-Rôtie - where it is often planted amid the Syrah and co-fermented with that grape. The combination deepens the color of Côte-Rôtie and adds to its already deep and distinctive nose.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5