2016 K Vintners "Art Den Hoed Vineyard" Yakima Valley Viognier (Previously $26)

SKU #1307590 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A beautiful wine that's very keenly priced, the 2016 Viognier Art DenHoed is very pretty, offering up notes of citrus blossom, musky peach and white cherries, with a subtle top note of leesy reduction. On the palate, it's elegantly glossy, pure and limpid, with juicy acids and a mouthwateringly stony finish. Drink it over the next few years. (WK)  (6/2018)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Pale yellow in color, the 2016 Viognier Art Den Hoed Vineyard is brought up in concrete and doesn't go through malolactic fermentation before spending just 4 months in barrel. The ideal is freshness and purity with this cuvée. Buttered citrus, honeysuckle, pineapple, and a kiss of saltiness all emerge from this rich, ripe, textured Viognier that has wonderful purity.  (4/2018)

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- 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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