My last 2010. Opened this y/day, let about a glass sit overnight in the fridge. This has a honeysuckle edge, with honey, orange and a ginger-like quaility. This seems ready to go to me, flashy and drinking great.
Fantastic aromas of tropical fruit, dried apricot, a bit nutty and floral/herbal. The palate matches with the floral/herbal notes initially then tropical and stone fruits. It has a nice minerality though low acid. Still a fantastically complex and enjoyable wine. Drink one now but I'll hold my remaining bottle another year, maybe two.
Floral/peach skin aromas. Rich, viscous, seamless texture with flavors of nut oils and spices, finishing with slight heat and bitterness. Well made, though I prefer viognier with fresher/purer fruit flavors. This is my only bottle, so I'm not sure if the fruit has faded or was just less pronounced from the beginning due to oak aging or other choices.
Drank on the recommendation of my boss. It was a fine white wine - I would say akin to a red. Beautiful amber color, a little on the light side. On the nose, sweet tangerines. On the palate, a wonderful hint of spice and oak, followed by honeysuckle and grapefruit. Smooth but exceptionally dry. An excellent, unique varietal out of Sonoma.
Popped and poured. Light to medium-light straw gold. Honeysuckle, beeswax, apple slices, fruit cocktail syrup, and flinty mineral notes on the nose. Moderate-light body. Expressive flavors, with honeyed fruit showing an interesting herbaceous tinge. Similar to the 2009, a note of shaved fennel suddenly appears both aromatically and on the palate as this one aerates and seems to be a nuance endemic of Egret Pond terroir. Long close. This has improved considerably since last year and is clearly on the upward trajectory. An excellent showing overall for what has to be considered one of the best examples of Viognier made in the new world.
Popped drink drink while cooking and sampled over about two hours. Awesome floral and white fruit aromas on the nose. Great heft on the palate and fruit driven (no overt oak). Flavors expand over the palate; delightful oily/viscous texture. Satisfying finish. Drinking fine now, so I see no reason to hold these any longer.
Intense aromatics without being too heady...on the palate, the wine isn't too viscous though the concentration of tropical fruit and perfume is definitely on the intense side...acid is crisp....not much oak - 20% neutral
Jermose virtual Tasting (David T's Home): Silvery gold in color. The nose has a fair amount of vanilla in it and also some fresh cut lumber. I am told this saw no new oak, but it still picked some up. Also some tropical fruit. Slippery texture which was good. Great acidity here although I get a touch of rounded edges. There is some heat and alcohol showing on the palate, but not an issue. Some nice tropical fruits with some tangerines. I confess to not liking many Cal Viogniers, but this is one of the better ones. I prefer the light floral versions of the Rhone. I did like this although the group liked it even more than I.
From a temperature standpoint, cellar temp is best. It wasn't as integrated as it warmed up but would likely be too muted any colder. The nose was fantastically juicy, with aromas of peaches, honeysuckle, pineapple and a hint of citrus. The palate showed some oak that wasn't too noticeable on the nose, but kept the juiciness of the stone fruit along with notes of herbs (mint?) and more prominent citrus. A pleasant, acidic, lengthy finish.
opened 2 days ago, have left in the fridge to sit. Enjoying tonight before dinner on a cool fall evening. Lovely texture, with some tropical fruit, like papaya and mango. Honeysuckle and a zing of fennel in the finish, which closes with same papaya note. Zesty and youthful so no rush on drinking.
Opened Thursday planning to have a glass and serve the rest Friday, it was hard not to abandon that plan and just drink the whole thing myself. Offers lots of pleasure while showing its colors with sufficient grace. Lasted about 5 minutes once Jill and Todd got a hold of it on Friday.
My fifth note on this wine since last winter so I have a # of reference points with it. Opened last night, kept in the fridge overnight with cork closure. Drinking between room and fridge temp, so slight chill on it. Once someone knows viognier aromatics, it's hard not to spot it and this wine has it, they float from the glass. As with the last bottle, I find the same ginger root note in the nose and palate, which resonates on the latter as a spicy edge. Medium weight, not lean and more towards the glycerine side of things expressed in a honey, much like the expression in a Vouvray chenin. Oranges, lime, and a finishing note of fennel. Another taster noted white peach, which I think is a spot-on descriptor. Classic Jemrose viognier.
The recent IWC note is pretty much perfect. This wine has deep floral power, which I preferred fresh and on the chilled side than warmer or on day 2. Over time it shifter from round river stones and white peach to riper melon and kiwi flavors. Lovely Viognier, not as edgy or crystalline as I recall from the other week but nonetheless a superior example. 91-92
Dinner at Moderno (Moderno - Highland Park, IL): Incredibly bright nose of peach sorbet drizzled with light honey. I haven't had peach sherbet in a long time, but, wow, these aromas just zipped me back to my childhood. The palate was nice and taut with nice acidity and flavors of white florals, subtle honey and peach. This is a pretty nice viognier.
What a well defined, crystalline take on Viognier. Clear WOTD out of a bunch from last Saturday, no formal notes but a 91-94 kind of impression from that one glass. Liked the 09, this is better. Ordered more for a closer inspection.
Last tasted this during Falltacular a few months back, when I also liked it. This time, it shows the same spicy quality as the 2007, with a hint of ginger on the aromatic, along with mandarin orange. Good vibrant acidity, with pear, guava and leaner notes of tropical fruit. Jim Mack says this is bone dry. Delicious again.
A leftover bottle from Falltacular, which was 2 nights ago. Simply kept in the fridge with the cork as closure. Has a cool fennel, licorice like component right in the core of the wine. Mango, orange blossom and lemon form the fruit core. Exhibits glycerine in the texture, too. Drinking great with a spicy, zippy finish of that same licorice note.
Falltacular 2012 (FMIII in the OC): I would have guess sauvigon blanc by the nose blind, and put some money behind it. Wrong. Palate has viognier characteristics but there's an interesting underlying complexity of spice and citrus. Entertaining.
Tasted blind next to the 2009. The 2010 is aromatically brighter and more pronounced with mango, lime, tangerine and a long finsh. There is a spicy quality to this wine, an intensity that really lifts the core of it forward. Very nice and showing excellent for a wine that is still on the young curve, yet to be released.
Wow, best Viognier I can recall ever tasting from anywhere. Tasted at Jemrose property in bottle, but prior to release. Bright clean nose with very floral aromas of white spring flowers and pear juice. In the mouth, bright and fresh with pretty upfront fruits of pear and peach with zesty white pepper Super long finish that lasts well over a minute puts me over the top here. This is very special stuff. Sees 1/2 stainless and 1/2 neutral oak with very little intervention and the purity of fruit does indeed show through.
Barrel sample. The winemaking process on this was that they did most of the wine in tank, but about 1/4 was done in neutral barrels, no new wood at all. In fact, no additions to the wine at all and as Jim said, this is really about the fruit talking in a pure form. Spicy and energetic on the palate, with tangerine, lime and a note I got of anise/fennel. It has a persistent quality about it with a finish of lemon zest and mango/papaya.