This is a white blend using Rhone varietals and made in Tin City, Paso Robles, California. It is a blend of 48% Viognier, 19% Marsanne, 13% Roussanne, 11% Grenache Blanc and 9% Clairette. My first time trying this wine and producer and it is delightful. Light golden in color with some green hues. Clear and bright. The nose has a whiff of fruit but then is dominated by wax, sea air and spice. With air a bit more pineapple emerges. Lovely slightly oily texture. Drying tannins. On the palate, more pineapple with some lime notes on the finish. 13.7%abv. It is so hard to say how this
This is a nice wine. Golden in color, clear and bright. It has a very pretty nose. Peaches with a floral note. Slightly viscous texture. On the palate, nice acidity. Peach fruit notes. Good finish. This is refreshing and an excellent value. Nice on its own, but better with food. This would be nice with lighter foods such as fresh seafood.
Very nice expression of a northern Rhone Viognier. Deep golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is perfumed with floral notes as well as peach, slight hay, and slight golden raisin. Full bodied. Viscous, slightly oily texture. On the palate, some waxiness with some pear, slight orange and just a hint of floral notes. Good acidity. Dry. Long finish. This probably should be drunk in the next few years to enjoy the freshness. Nice on its own, this would work well with lighter foods but would be nice s well with lobster.
This is the basic Condrieu (they also make a higher end called La Doriane). It is made from 100% Viognier grapes. Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with floral qualities along with some vanilla and spice. With air, apricots emerge along with a bit of peach. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, the apricots and spice come thru. A bit of a bitter ginger note on the finish. This needs a bit of cellaring, maybe two or three years, and then should drink well for five to eight more years. Very nice on its own, this will work better with food. Shellfish would be a nice
This is a bigger version of Condrieu than the more floral versions. It sees 9 months of French Oak sitting on its lees. 100% Viognier. The nose has vanilla, citrus and lemon verbena. Medium bodied. On the palate, this is slightly sweet. Light tannins. Slight almond notes. Moderate acidity. Nice finish. Does bigger equate to more serious? Not necessarily, but this is drinking quite well at age 5 and should continue to drink well for another five to eight years. This will work well with Foie Gras for those who eat that but also pasta prima vera.
2020 Bien Nacido Estate Viognier Viognier - Santa Maria Valley, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Valley, Wine Review
Honestly, I love Viognier from the Rhone Valley, but less so the full throttle Viogniers from California (usually with high alcohol). Despite that disclaimer, I really enjoyed this. Unique and different as it is. Golden in color with green swirls. The nose has green apples, slight floral notes and just a hint of peach. Nice acidity. Oily texture. Light to medium tannins. On the palate, the apples are present with a light minerality. Long finish. This drinks easy on its own and will work with some lighter foods. Drink over the next five to seven years.
Made from Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier, this is a very nice value in white wines. It retails around $10 and did very well in our tasting of South African White wines. Yellow/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose has apples and some wax. On the palate, this has a soft but plush texture. Apples and some pink grapefruit. Refreshing. Moderate finish. This drinks well on its own and will work well with curries. Drink over the next couple of years.
This took a while to come around, but it is finally showing the promise it showed on release. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, a touch of black olives and sandalwood. Full bodied. Lovely acidity. On the palate, great black raspberry fruit with underlying earthiness. Concentrated fruit that unwinds in the glass. Nice finish. This appears to be at or close to prime and should continue to drink well for 8 to ten more years. A nice wine on its own and will work well with roasted meats, fowl or veggies.
This is my first time trying this producer. It is a blend of 72% Roussanne, 24% Chardonnay, and 4% Viognier. Opened and allowed to breathe for an hour prior to consuming. Delicious. Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose shows some toasty oak, roasted almonds, Lemon flan, and slight wax/vanilla. Yet, for all those oak notes on the nose, it takes a back seat on the palate which has lemons, waxy lemons, and slight ginger notes. It is a big wine, but not a fruit bomb, more of a presence. Enough acidity to carry the fruit. Long finish. This is delicious on its own, but also worke
For fans of the Viognier grapes, no appellation is better in my opinion than Condrieu. When allowed to express itself and not over burdened with oak, this is a gorgeous yet delicate wine. Light golden in color. The nose is so pretty with white flowers, quince and peach. On the palate, this dances across the tongue. It is delicious with the quince and peach coming thru along with underlying minerality. While this should drink well for another five years, this is a wine that rewards drinking young. The freshness and energy fade in the bottle and while still good, it loses a bit. Great