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ProducerStillman Brown (web)
VineyardChateau d'Abalone
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationPaso Robles

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2015 (based on 1 user opinion)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.8 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 6 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Bigluch1 on 4/3/2013 & rated 88 points: I drank this bottle a while ago so going off memory here. My thoughts at the time was that I enjoyed it overall although it wasn't it my normal wheelhouse. I liked the body that it had, the fleshy citrus/melon fruit, the clean finish despite being 14+% ABV. I did recall that the wine had improved with air time, got better after it was open for about an hour. This would likely go well with some sushi or seafood. Definitely worth a try. (854 views)
 Tasted by kmays on 3/15/2013 & rated 87 points: Not really my normal preferences as far as whites go, but much to my surprise, I quite enjoyed this. Floral, fruity, and semi-dry. Great with food. This is a Riesling-drinker's white, for sure. (824 views)
 Tasted by mschauber on 2/5/2013 & rated 89 points: A bottle of this lovely Viognier magically appeared right next to my sushi dinner tonight. What a lovely pair. This wine can easily be over powered, just take a clump of wasabi in your mouth and you'll see what I mean. But it's compliments sushi, pieces, probably not most rolls, very well.

It's very light in color; tanish with a touch of yellow, leaves a thin coating around the glass. The aroma is pleasant; clean with some melon. I don't know the specs, but would guess this has low alcohol, high acidity and a little RS, maybe 1 or 2%. There's definitely a sweet flavor. It had a nice feel in the mouth and a short finish. Flavors included a touch of vanilla, citrus and the sushi enhanced the flavor with some pineapple and watermelon.

I've had a few Viogniers that have been all over the place. This one feels like it was very well crafted and is a pleasure to drink with or without food, but the food should be fish or chicken without many spices. I'm not good at pricing wine, but at $15 to $20/bottle, I'd say this is a very good buy. I just wish I had some room for it. I have a feeling this wine was truly made to drink now and may stand up for a couple of years, but I wouldn't cellar this for long.

Final comment: I really enjoyed this wine. You can tell because I had 3 glasses when usually one glass is my max.

(EDIT: I ordered 2 more bottles even at the higher price.) (948 views)

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Stillman Brown

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2012 Stillman Brown Viognier Chateau d'Abalone

ABV: 15.0%
pH: 3.42
RS: 9.7 g/l
production: 114 CASES

Winemaker notes:
One ton per acre and one percent residual sugar? Let me explain, please, lest you shut your snob prejudice palate to this beautiful wine - I share the same distaste for out of balance, artificially sweetened swill. This isn’t one, and I am not the only wino to drink my words after tasting it; my assistant winemaker swears this is the best Paso Robles Viognier he’s ever had, and his have won a pile of medals. While the very low vineyard yield was the result of am unprotected, horrid hot spell in July, the wine has more than abundant acidity and the fermentation stuck naturally. The peach, pineapple, citrus and coconut (not from barrel!) aromas and flavors are stunning, and the palate has a real richness and viscosity. Rather than ruin the wine by heating and adding ‘fix-it’ yeast, or blending it out, I chose to bottle it as is and show it off. Perfect in a hot tub, or with Cthulhu’s favorite seafood with mango salsa.


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Paso Robles

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Set apart by unique climate and geography, Paso Robles Wine Country provides prime growing conditions for more than 40 varietals planted over 26,000 acres of vineyards. More than 170 wineries craft this fruit into premium wines, gaining recognition around the world. The fruit, the wines and the distinct environment have quickly made Paso Robles California's third largest and fastest growing wine region.

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