2007 Miner Family "Simpson Vineyard" Viognier

SKU #1047300

92 points, two stars and a "Good Value" designation from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Sweetly spiced peaches merge with touches of honey, anise and kiwi in the deep, impressively filled aromas of this well-focused youngster, and the equally rich flavors that follow show lots of fruity substance and no let-up in depth. Full-bodied and quite well-balanced with Chardonnay-like richness and weight, it is a wine of considerable potential and should grow into better with a year or two of quiet time in your cellar." (March, 2009) SECOND BEST OF TASTING - out of 31 wines including Phelps, DuMol, Pride. Many of us are big fans of the Miner Family winery. Good people making great wines. They have definetly raised the bar on this vintages Viognier. Fresh and clean with a beautiful of lush fruit and acid. peach, honey and kiwi blend harmoniously together to create a great sipper. If you want to get away from chardonnay for a little while, this is the wine to get you started. Mike Jordan(K&L Wine Merchants)

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 By: KLF |  Review Date: 9/19/2009 
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Above average for California viogniers, but for me, it's stuck between the 'poles' that I appreciate more. (And I think this one is getting more ado because it's a Miner family wine.)

If you are considering viogniers of this style and price, I like Stag's Leap. Or value-priced French names.

On the richer side, I like Copain Tous Ensemble, Alban, Condrieu...

 By: deirdre clark |  Review Date: 6/28/2009 
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Above Decent

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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.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.