2007 Denner Viognier Paso Robles

SKU #1055001

91 points from Robert Parker: "The 2007 Viognier Denner Vineyard is about as top-flight as California Viognier can be. It possesses bracing acidity, superb underlying minerality, and plenty of honeysuckle, white peach, and tropical fruit characteristics in its medium to full-bodied, well-delineated personality. Enjoy this beauty over the next several years. These are four beautiful wines produced from the limestone hillsides of this vineyard just off Vineyard Drive on the west side of Paso Robles. The two whites are both striking examples of what can be achieved with Rhone Valley varietals in California’s Central Coast." (Aug. 2009) From Wine Spectator: "Fragrant and juicy, with a smoke, cedar and tobacco note to the refreshing citrus and green apple flavors. LIght-bodied and elegant, with the perfumed intensity building on the finish. Drink now. 422 cases made." (Web Only 2009)

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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.
Specific Appellation:

Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.