Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 106º today and needed something cold, light, crisp, and cold, but wanted something special. "Special" and "white" don't normally intersect in my cellar, but recalling a great tasting with Jim Mack and Russel Bevan last spring, I grabbed one of these from my cellar and put it on ice.
Pale straw color. Nose of honeysuckle, white peach, and flowers. The floral aspects carry onto the palate, with apricot and lychee, followed by lemon curd through the mid-palate, giving this a crispness with good balance of acidity. Just a kiss of French oak seems evident on the finish, with a vanilla beak creme brulee - this could use more time to integrate - but just when you think it's done a 2nd wave of flowers come through and carries a very long finish. This last aspect gives the overall impression of nice complexity, probably the best CA Viognier I've had and the only one that rivals a good Condrieu.