it's funny how few people seem to be as entranced with this wine as my wife and i are. i love a good experiment in funk, but my wife doesn't, so i don't think it's as funky/oxidative as people say. for me, this is stellar stuff. so unique, so interesting, great with the right food. it's definitely nearing the end of its life, but now it's delicious. if scoring, 94-95.
Still tasting vibrant, and while losing some of the freshness from earlier years, it remains a very nice bottle of wine. Floral, pineapple notes and other white fruits. Oak is there and adds to texture. I have had several older La Doriane, and they can be hit and miss, while I think the Condrieu does do better in age than other Viognier, this one is coming along well. Good to drink these up though.
Commanderie des Cotes du Rhone, NYC (Russian Tea Room): Nose shows pear, honeysuckle, very fresh, jasmin. I understand this to be all new oak (I might be wrong), but there's little of that on the nose. On the palate, the oak comes through in the roundness. Lovely texture, there is some grip here. What a pretty, floral palate. I usually think to drink Viognier young, but this one at six years is fresh and flavorful and is the perfect palate cleanser.
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