First bottle I have tried of the 11 Viognier. Have to say I miss tasting with Jim Mack, the many visits to watch his wines evolve in style year over year. Labeled at 13.5%, FWIW. Drinking this fairly cool, about 60 degrees, I'd say. Texturally, this will cause pause, as it resonates across the palate--smooth, generous with a polished honey, peach, tangerine and fennel-like tastes. There's good acid inside this wine too, helping to add a citrus edge to the honeyed, waxy notes in the texture. It's too bad that Viognier is not more broadly grown and enjoyed in CA, given the plethora of Big Brand white that is on the shelves today. This varietal can show so much more in terms of unique flavor markers, much different than what most people may think of CA white. As to this Jemrose, I really enjoy this wine, and I can see pairing this with a say a golden beet salad, with some candied nuts and goat cheese and some sprigs of mint. Maybe with the last bottle, this is what I will do to honor Jemrose taking the time to make Viognier in CA. Miss you much, Jim and Gloria Mack. Drink window I'd say is now through 2016.
Dinner with the Jim's (Chez Simo Bistro): Another enjoyable Viognier from Jemrose. With an ocean of hot, gummy viogniers it's great to have a bottle like this that shows the precision that can be achieved with the varietal. Subtle honey flavors, with nice spice and peach tones. The finish is clean and precise...no lingering heat.
Intensely aromatic and flavorful, this viognier explodes on the tongue with peach, apricot, nectarine, mineral, and some spice. As expected for a viognier, not a whole lot of structure, but dang this is good. The finish is moderately long with a touch of complexity. This wine actually paired fairly well with battered baked fish. Russel Bevan does great work!
I can't improve upon the previous note as far as descriptors, but will note that my bottle was labeled 2011 but the cork was imprinted with 2010. I believe this is in fact the 2011 because the nose is admirably focused and the finish perhaps a touch narrow, at least at this point, compared to how I recall the 2010. This has become one of my favorite California wines. Update: this is definitely the 2011 per correspondence from the owner. The perfume essence is more pronounced on day 2 from remaining third. Outstanding Viognier, already delicious and likely to improve in the short term.
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