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2019 K Vintners "Art Den Hoed Vineyard" Yakima Valley Viognier

SKU #1544080 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Washington makes a bevy of terrific Viognier, and one of the best is the 2019 Viognier Art Den Hoed Vineyard from Smith. Revealing a light gold hue as well as a classic nose of white peach, orange blossom, white flowers, and a touch of honeyed almonds, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, nicely integrated acidity, and plenty of classic Viognier richness and complexity. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Sliced-pineapple, vanilla and light honey character. It’s full-bodied with a firm line of acidity running through the center palate. Tight and focused. Round texture with nice phenolic tension. Inner quote mark (6/2021)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright straw-yellow. Tangy scents of yellow peach, spices and spring flowers, accented by pungent chalky minerality. Juicy and intense but quite laid-back and dry, with stone fruit and underripe pineapple flavors currently dominating. Showing the fruity side of the variety in the early going but has good mineral support as well. This midweight Viognier possesses good energy and finishes with subtle savory persistence. Incidentally, this is the only white wine made under the various Charles Smith labels that does not go through malolactic fermentation, and that may explain why my bottle did not expand with extended aeration. On the other hand, I suspect it will retain its shape and freshness longer than most American Viogniers. The 2018 a year ago may have had a bit more going on, but I'd certainly give this youthfully tight 2019 until next summer to show what it's got. I very rarely score a New World Viognier with a plus sign, which indicates my expectation that a wine will merit a higher score by the time it reaches its peak. A terrific Viognier value. (ST) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

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By: Andrew Kitz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2021 | Send Email
With the 2019 Art Den Hoed Viognier, Charles Smith absolutely nails it. Viognier is one of my favorite white varietals for one reason in particular—it demands precision to get it right, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. It has utterly beguiling characteristics that can get lost in heavy-handed winemaking and/or over-ripeness, which can also accentuate certain of its characteristics that when overdone, can completely dominate the wine at the expense of all else. Not so with this beauty. The entry on the nose shows all the requisite deep stone fruit and tropical fruits, ripe apricot, kiwi, and mango in particular. A floral liqueur element peaks through, as well as a citrusy, lemon confit note, which carries over to the palate. Elderflower and a lovely honeyed jasmine note augment the fruit, but the most striking feature is the palate texture, a beautifully exact balance between Viognier's natural richness (without overt viscosity) and a subtle but persistent acidity. Again, precision is the name of the game. This wine has everything in place, and it's a truly exciting look at what American Viognier can be when it's in the right hands.

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