2011 Cristom "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills Viognier

SKU #1130579 93 points Wine & Spirits

 This viognier, with its cool vintage character, possesses remarkable refinement and grace. Its peach blossom scents suggest pinot gris at first, but as the wine comes up in temperature its phenolic range seems to come to life, with flavors of pear, white flowers and white peach, guided by a firm, acidity-driven line. Drinking a bit lean now, this should develop beautifully. Serve with fire-roasted razor clams.  (6/ 2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Crisp and lively, with a shot of acidity balancing the richness in this spicy, citrusy and floral white. Sleek finish. Drink now through 2016. 574 cases made.  (6/ 2013)

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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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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.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.