Deep gold. Tropical fruits, quince, banana cream hit the olfactories. Smooth and mouth-filling body with typical lowish acidity. Very nice with poultry or fish in cream sauce. Not a long-termer. Not meant to be. Enjoy it now.
Good aromatics. I pick up pineapple, honeysuckle and jack fruit. Maybe a little butterscotch.
On the palate, it is a tad hot; but at 14.5%, that is pretty much unavoidable [note, on second glass, I had it a bit more chilled, under 50 degrees, and the heat was much less pronounced than when wine was closer to mid 50s]. The pineapple comes out nicely, along with lychee and some granny smith apple. I don't taste much of the jack fruit from the nose. There is butterscotch or caramel on the finish (but not nearly as present as a Cali chardonnay oak monster) . Toasted hazelnuts too, maybe. Agree with previous posts about some minerality that lingers, which I like.
Quite good, and fun (read: dangerous) to drink. We had an excellent viognier recently in same price range (I think Sobon Estate); and, while this one not quite as balanced, the fact that it was close says a lot about the value.
We did not try with food but I could see scallops being perfect, along with butterfish, halibut, sea bass, etc. Maybe even a juicy pork chop with some sort of apple or mango relish. Yum.
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