This was tasted next to the same vintage of Vernay Condreiu, to help create a comparison. The Jemrose far surpassed a wine far more in price and lineage, which says a lot about the Jemrose quality and ability to hold flavor and age. Shows some of the glycerine and oily texture with a spicy fennel note. Mandarin orange and lime, too. The spicy quality, with orchard like fruit and limey acid on the finish. Aging very well and for me, no signs of slowing down. Flat out excellent.
Jemrose Dinner @ Marche Moderne in the OC (Marche Moderne, Costa Mesa CA): This drank excellent and showcased what Jim is doing with viognier. This was the first release of the wine, and came from his library, as there is not much of it left. No perceived sweetness. Silky and spicy, with tangerine, orange blossom and an anise seed note. Nice spicy finish, along with a cool orange-sicle note. Excellent, balanced and really stood out. Alc is 14.5%.
taste: suave and fuller feel, but holds it well with rich tones of peaches, white fruits, citrus', and some bits of cream tones
overall: A really good viognier. It didn't show any of the heat that the failla did even though it was also a fairly big wine. Has a good richness to it, the extra layer of depth made it stick out blind vs the failla
Superb once again with a beautiful perfumed floral character, ripe fruit that's kept in perfect balance with bright acidity and a stony mineral element underneath. Fantastic wine and easily the best Viognier I've had outside Condrieu.
Fantastic aromatics of flowers, tropical fruits and spices that are echoed on the palate with a stony mineral character underneath the fruit. Really well balanced and easy to drink; full bodied with a slightly oily texture but lifted by plenty of acidity and finishes with good length.
I get lucky with Jim Mack & Michael Browne (La Madia, Chicago): This nose rocks. Melons, melon rind, a little wildflower hint, white fruits (pear esp.), all wrapped in a great perfuminess. So good. Has a little of the typical oiliness, but overal just a very rich feel. Acid throughout to balance, and the white-fruit based finish has a little spice to add interest.
Had on Easter as welcome wine with breads and cheeses. Full, explosive aromatic nose with flowers, apricot and spices. Palate is at once lively and rich. Lifted and delicious through the mid-palate into a nice finish. Our bottle had a load of sediment and showed quite cloudy.
In my experience too many California Viogniers eschew balance striving to feature as much of this grape's exotic floral aromas as possible, resulting in wines with excess heft and heat. Happily this bottling is exquisitely balanced, clean and refined. Light on the tongue (peach, apricot, mango) and long on the finish. Possibly best on its own and richer as it aired and approached room temperature. Even better than the barrel sample that held its own against a stellar line up of Condrieus last year. Unfortunately I've heard that some of the '08 crop was lost to frost.
Jemrose in New York City: Rather sweet smelling with the usual floral tones of viognier and clear notes of citrus fruits and apricot jam even a touch of chalk. Good balance with a soft mineral core swathed in billowy fruit. Elegant and balanced with apropriate acidity.
From a barrel sample bottled and brought over to Chicago. Pale yellow. Gorgeous on the nose with lots of flowers, peach and tropical fruits. Very elegant on the palate with bright clean flavours of citrus, tropical fruits, pineapple and minerals over good acidity. Long, clean finish. By far the best Californian Viognier I've tasted.
Tasted from barrel. Great perfumed nose with flowers, pineapple and more tropical fruits. Just slightly off-dry with lots more pineapple, tropical flavours and floral notes in the mouth. Some minerality and bright acidity underneath. Clean, precise, very elegant. Can't wait to taste this in bottle!