Drank through dinner last night. Paired with traditional Sopa Azteca and then with Ahi Tartare on a bed of diced avocado. Fairly consistent with my last note from October 2011, although this is my 6th bottle and I will say this one really showed the best of all. This isn't to say I didn't like the previous bottles but I am intending to convey that the further age of the wine is adding to the experience, making it even better. Lime, mandarin orange, orange oil, anise, honey in the texture and lively acidity. Ageworthy? I'd say yes, given the acidity, so drink now through I would offer 2016.
Popped and poured. Medium-light yellow gold hue. Immediately upon pouring, complex aromas simply leap out of the glass and show as notes of orange blossom, lemon zest, peach slices, fresh vanilla bean, anise, and subtle spice with perhaps just a touch of heat. Lifted florals and mineral notes develop with further aeration. Medium-light body with nice concentration. On the palate, the upfront fruit flavors are almost wickedly intense and cover the gamut of stone fruits along with more than just foray into tropical territory, all of which is complimented by a note of grain (wheat, perhaps) and an impression of minerals. The acidity is pronounced and almost biting, no doubt...but with a variety like Viognier, it works in congruence with bold fruit and lush mouthfeel to heighten the overall impression. All-in all, just singing at present. Open one up if you have 'em!
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.
A much better bottle than my last (thanks Jim!) with bright floral and mineral notes around a core of fresh peaches and citrus fruits. Medium weight with a sense of real purity and freshness to the flavours, bright acidity and impressive length.
Dunno what happened here, but this was very different from what I remember from previous experiences (and unlike any other bottle of Jemrose Viognier I've had); really ripe, tropical and heavy, without any of the brightness or acidity I've found here before.
Despite all but giving up on California viognier, Jemrose came highly recommended. I have no idea why. Upon opening, it was a clumsy, alcoholic mess of apricot, pineapple, orange peel, and fruit compote, but with no delineation or purity. The palate, while nicely acidic, finishes with very bitter grapefruit and alcoholic heat. After a day, the wine calmed down some, but the nose and palate were more a fruit-loops-brand-viognier than a more subtle, pure expression of the grape.
My first Jemrose wine. Popped and poured. Almost opaque in the glass. Really crisp light wine. Grapefruit, mica, stone fruit were the predominant features of this wine. I was really into this as I refilled twice. It was warm here yesterday but this wine will really shine in the spring/summer here in Dallas. Perfect afternoon outside wine.
Popped and poured. Medium-light straw/gold hue. Forward, interesting aromas of stone fruits, orange zest, shaved fennel (or anise?), honeysuckle, and stoney minerals. Medium-light body, nicely concentrated. Flavors on the palate show a kaleidoscope of fruit flavors with notes of ripe grapefruit, peach cobbler, apricot, golden delicious apple and fruit cocktail syrup. Zesty acidity keeps everything precise and focused while also lending an impression of minerals behind the fruit. Lengthy close with a touch of subtle tannins (!). Just delicious, and hard to say how well this will age but best bet is to drink over the next 1-2 years. This has to be one of the best examples of domestic Viognier from California...if you love the variety, be sure to try it!
My girlfriend gave me this bottle for Christmas 2010, so I thought, why not drink it with her on New Year's Day 2012? I've loved Jemrose syrah, and I'm glad to report that the viognier is phenomenal. The color is light gold. The aromas show banana peel, lemon, circus peanuts. But there's also this light, crisp aroma that I love, which reminds me of lemon water. Plush fruit on the palate, mango, pineapple, orange rind. There's wonderful acid to keep it fresh. This wine really opened and changed with time to show nougat, honey, banana peel and marmelade. The freshness and intensity of this wine is really amazing. I absolutely loved this viognier, and it went really well with some chicken and veggie stir-fry with peanut sauce. .
Tasted blind next to the 2010, which has been in bottle about six months. The 2009 to me is a bit softer, lighter palate weight and intensity than the 2010. Orange blossom, fennel, with good acidity and balance but not of the intensity of the 2010.
Nice wine showing delicate aromas of orange blossom and pear. Palate was rich with good concentration in pretty round style. Comes accross juicy and almost sweet with plenty of stone fruits like peach, fresh plum, and nectarine. Good finish. A solid wine, don't see this improving, but good drinking currently.
Bottle #3 so far. Opened last night, impression wrote following afternoon. The tangerine is really prominent at this stage, along with a sour lime and hint of anise seed. Medium plus bodied and really no sweetness to speak of. Just a good laser point of orange and green citrus that infuses the wine. I can also see where Richard J points out the nectarine--I think that's a good descriptor, although think nectarine that has a nice zip to it. This ought to age well, given the backbone expression I find in this bottle.
Jemrose Dinner @ Marche Moderne in the OC (Marche Moderne, Costa Mesa CA): Tasted alongside the 2007. Lifted aromatics of honeysuckle, less spicy than the 2007, as this 2009 seems more open textured, with apple and as it breathes, it picks up some stone fruit and orange notes. Jim seems to think this will evolve further and move more closer to the 2007 in time. Finish is still a bit closed/tight so more age will help. FWIW, the wine is made is done in stainless, then finished in neutral oak.
Jim says this was picked around 25 brix, done in stainless steel. Explosive floral and perfumed aromatics leading into a palate full of peach, orange blossom and mineral notes; the texture's very polished and slightly creamy, but this has fantastic precision and purity with really nice acids and great length. Fantastic wine, one of the best Viogniers I've had!