Light straw color, bright quality. The nose on this wine is off the charts, Asian pear,perfume, and spring flowers. A bit fruit forward on the attack but immediately backed but with a balancing salinity. Yellow apple and yellow pear flavors. Medium weight yet soft mouthfeel and a lingering finish. One of my favorites and perfect pairing for seafood.
Popped and poured, and then let it warm up just a bit from the fridge. Great aromatics of flowers, honey, and minerals. Excellent palate of pears, stone, honeysuckle.
I bought 3 of these recently, and plowed through 2 quite quickly - an excellent bottle of wine that hits my sweet spot. This and Calicaro are probably my 2 favorite Viogniers right now. All of the qualities I want without overdoing it.
Consumed over ~2 hours at cool room temp. A fresh, lively rendition with pear & stone fruit complemented by floral notes and a nice underlying acidity. Beautifully dry and light, particularly for a viognier from CA. Very well done.
Delicious. One of my wine drinking buds, who isn't much of a white wine guy, loved it. Minerally, with deep stone fruit flavors, but nothing too much or too OTT. Well-balanced. I just wish I hadn't been sharing it with 4 other folks so that I could have had more.
Twist and pour. I get the honeysuckle others have commented on, it's very prominent. An unctuous core of peach skin, pear jam and orange. Light hit of fennel of anise in the finish, too. I am enjoying this, will be pairing it with some cheeses shortly and see how that dynamic works.
Falltacular 2013 (FMIII in the OC): This now my favorite Viognier with the Alban. Honeysuckle and pear aromas. The palate is sweet pear, apple, and a touch of honeysuckle in the background. Not over the top but full flavor and wildly enjoyable.
This bottle needed more time to settle than the prior one I had as well as barrel samples. With aeration, the glycerined pineapple and melon notes come into balance with the wine's impressive acidity. Less floral than I observed before, but with a dry richness I really appreciate as a daily drinker and/or alongside food.
A gift from the winemaker (who is a friend, but he knows I would and am being brutally honest): The bouquet gives a hint of pleasures that await. The touch of citrus and pear gives way on the palate to a glycerined coating of pineapple and honeydew melon, through to a satisfying finish where a touch of jasmine emerges. True to the varietal, yet also richer in many ways. A satisfying wine that will be an even more impressive value once on the store shelves.