2011 Tabali Viognier Limarí Valley

SKU #1089311

Two things stand out about what is arguably one of Chile's most exciting projects right now: the Pacific Ocean and limestone. The former provides a strong, cooling influence on vineyards a mere 5 miles from the ocean, and the latter provides these wines with great minerality and structure. Perhaps best known for their award winning Syrah, Tabali originally planted this Viognier to blend in with their Syrah a la Cote Rotie (which, in fact, is where there Syrah cuttings were sourced). This is Viognier with rich, fully ripe apricot fruit flavors, but terrific cut and acidity as well.13.5% ABV.

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/28/2012  | Send Email
Fans of viognier: rejoice! This lovely wine from the Limari Valley in Chile is a fresh, bright, classic expression of the best of the varietal. Soft floral notes of white flowers and jasmine, green tea, and citrus. Medium plus acidity keeps this wine from flabbiness, giving great overall structure. Enjoy it this summer as your next party aperitif!
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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.
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Chile

- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5