Much cleaner and less oxidative than the other bottle consumed in April 2012. Mid amber in hue. Luscious complex nose of butterscotch, hazelnuts, pears and tangerine. Richly bodied flavours of caramel, dried apricots, sultanas and marzipan. Never ending finish. A pleasure to drink.
Attractive rusty amber colour. The nose indicated that this wine is starting to fade, with few viognier floral tones, instead dominated by layered but pleasant oxidative notes, with complex butterscotch, sultanas, dried apricots and hazel nuts. The taste was dry and clean, continuing that butterscotch / sultana flavour and opening into cantaloupe melons. A bit past its best (and I have another bottle to drink up) but nevertheless an enjoyable drinking experience.
Rusty amber color. Complex nose of sultana raisin, apricot, brown sugar, and a drop of butterscotch. Rounded edges, narrows on the palate to a subtle melon/lemon-lime and flour component. Very thought-provoking.
12/7/09: Just delicious. Rich but remains bright. Great wine, drinking fantastically right now. 90-91 6/9/09: It's not surprising that the same things that make France such a fantastic producer of wines and with the best system for the consumer to understand what they are getting can also make it so difficult for the consumer. Take Condrieu. There's so little made, that prices are outrageous, usually for wines that don't justify the price. I love Rhone whites, but I've tried precious little Condrieu b/c of availability and price. That said, I have had the oppurtunity to try Guigal's offerings a few times. I'm not sure I'd pony up the $50+ it takes to buy a bottle, but they are fun wines. This is of course, rich, but the oak has integrated marvousely with the fruit. It round and slightly soft, with lots of melon flavors. The fruit is fresh, but I would like a little more acidity. I'd be pretty happy pairing this with lobster, however. If you're not technical, it's delicious. 91
A bit tight on the nose at first but again it seemed to evolved with more complexity as it warmed and opened up. At first the fruit was a bit dull and simple but within a half hour it really opened up. Big floral came bursting through, lovely rich apricot and orangey peachy fruit notes. Not worth 65 bones, but enjoyable and interesting, a wine to learn about Old World Viognier by.