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Viognier

USA, Syrah, Acorn, Axiom, Alegria Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2013

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98% syrah and 2% viognier. N/ Delicious barrel room wafts, wild herbs, ripe plum skins smeared over warm river rocks, taffy, crushed granite, black and purple fruits. The smell of a wild field of sage and prairie bushes. Absolutely lovely and complex. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Taste mirrors her nose and while she is full […]

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USA, White Blend, The Whip, Murrieta’s Well, Livermore Valley, California, 2013

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White blend of 28% Sémillon, 24% Chardonnay, 14% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Orange Muscat,11% Viognier, 11% Gewürztraminer and 1% White Riesling. N/ Gardenias, honeysuckle, white and yellow flowers, marine/beach and salt, fresh hay, honey and light confection. Complex and alluring. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Lightly sweetened honeysuckle, pear, limes, tropical fruits and melons. Some creamy butter […]

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Australia, Shiraz and Viognier Blend, Terlato & Chapoutier, Victoria, 2013

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Blend:  95% shiraz and 5% viognier N/ Countryside sage and soil, a virtual walk amongst wild sagebrush and lavender. Black cherry, taffy, fresh rain, and wet cement. Wonderful. Her only distraction is a hint of rubber. T/ Medium full mouth feel. Dusty, black cherry and cassis with a slightly disjointed cranberry pucker. Woody flavors and a […]

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USA, Red Blend, Acorn Hill, Acorn Winery, Alegría Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Healdsburg, Sonoma, California, 2009

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A red blend of: 54% Syrah, 44% Sangiovese, 1% Viognier, 0.5% Canaiolo, and 0.5% Mammolo. N/ Clean, inviting, barrel room wafts layer perfectly atop blackcherry, plum skin, and savory notes.  Wet earth, wild herbs, and aged leather delight. She closes with a touch of sage and wild prairie. Complex countryside aromas here. Love it. T/ Medium […]

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USA, White Blend, Little Black Dress, “Divalicious White,” Mendocino, California, 2011

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White blend of: 65% Pinot Grigio, 18% Muscat, 8% Chardonnay, 4% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% White Riesling, and 2% Viognier. N/ Sweet, steamed hay. White rose petals, honeysuckle, and thin wafts of petrol. Chamomile. T/ Medium-full mouth feel. She begins with soft pink grapefruit blast, a medium thick coating of glycerol, and flavors of steeped hay. While […]

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USA, White Blend, Jade Mountain, “White Wine Blend”, California, 2009

White blend of: Chardonnay, Marsanne, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Malvasia Bianca, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. N/ I did not look up the composition of this wine until after I rated it, but, to me, I thought was predominately Chardonnay, then Viognier, then Riesling. Did not guess any Sauvignon Blanc. A clear, buttered up California-style Chard crafting comes through, […]

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USA, Chenin Blanc & Viognier, Pine Ridge in Napa Valley, (Clarksburg, Lodi, & Napa grapes), California, 2010

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The Chenin Blanc is sourced from Clarksburg and the Viognier from Lodi. N/ Bright, acidic crisp hay. Clean burlap. If you allow me to wax…. ripe yellow fruits juiced over river stones in the midday sun. Lime zest. White flowers. Granite and cement, in a good way. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Dripping yellow fruits and lime. […]

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USA, Rose of Pinot Noir, Don Sebastiani & Sons, The Crusher, Growers Selection, Clarksburg, California, 2010

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Rose of: 97.5% Pinot Noir and 2.5% Viognier. N/ Strawberry. Light confection. Raspberry. Hibiscus. Dry earth. Dry nuts. Fresh rain. Hay. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Mouthwatering strawberry and cranberry. Medium-high acid, very nicely balanced with the fruit. Light steel. http://www.donandsons.com/ Winemaker = Greg Kitchens Price = $18 Rating = B+ This wine was a […]

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Chile, Syrah (with 3% Viognier), Tamaya, Valle de Limari, Reserva, 2009

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Syrah with 3% Viognier N/ Smoked bacon. Cedar. Stewed cherries. Black olives. Sawdust. Black pepper. Lavender. Wow! T/ Full, coating, thick mouthfeel. Smooth after 30 minutes when some initial chalkiness subsides. Smoky, massive plums. Thick stew of cedar and oak. Crushed rock and mineral blast. This is a massive wine, begging for a rare to […]

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USA, Viogneir, Keswick Vineyards, Virginia, Montecillo, 2009

N/ River rocks, cedar and hard oaks, apricot and warm tropicals – similar to California Chardonnay in certain characteristics. Dry hay. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Warm, round apple and pears.  Medium high, delightful acidity. Perfectly titrated oaks. Delightful! Price $22 from http://www.keswickvineyards.com Brilliant. 91 This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery and […]

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Recipe, Fish, Sea Bass – Amazingly Simple and Delicious

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– Obtain Sea Bass or other white, flaky, fish fillets (if your brother is a local fishing wonder, have him catch a huge White Sea Bass for you  – see picture)  🙂 – Soak the fillets in nothing but olive oil for 30 minute – Coat with bread crumbs (optional – add some panko crumbs, […]

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Australia, White Blend (Viongier and Marsanne), d’Arenberg, “The Hermit Crab”, McLaren Vale, Adelaide, 2008

White Blend of: 72% Viognier and 28% Marsanne. Note 1: Another case of bottle variation… I had this many months ago, lost my tasting notes, but recollected a significant fondness for it… so I bought two new bottles last week.. bottle number one was reduced and had VA / nail polish aromas that all but […]

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USA, Viognier, Tesoro, Temecula, 2009

N/ Wonderful aromas of a spring creek – fresh river stones, spring water, grasses. Dried hay. Oranges. Light pine. Fantastic. T/ Medium-full. Honeysuckle juice. Big, round tropical fruits.  Oranges. Full, round minerality. Lovely. Only thing my taste would have preferred is a tad more restraint on the fruits and a more angular minerality. This is […]

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USA, White Blend, Chenin Blanc and Viognier, Lorimar, Duetto, Temecula, 2009

A white belnd of 62% Chenin Blanc and 38% Viognier. N/ White flowers. Light dry hay. Wet stones. Tropicals. Grapefruit. Light petroleum. Light toast. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Round minerality. Medium-clean stone fruits. Citrus-kissed finish. Retail =$18 or just $13.50 for Lorimar’s wine club members. Very Good+. 89 This wine was a media sample kindly provided […]

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Australia, Viognier, Yalumba, 2008

N/ Steamed, round hay. Ripe yellow fruits and apricots. Light, wet river stones. Crushed granite sprinkled in melted butter. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Round. Slightly chlorinated water. Green apples. Soft structure. Steel, crisp finish. Price = Just $9.99 at BevMo! Astounding-. 95

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Australia, White Blend, Shoofly, Buzz Cut, 2008

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White Blend of 37% Riesling, 32% Viognier, 21% Verdelho, 5% Chardonnay, and %5 Sauvignon Blanc.   Nice, I love to see these unique blends.   N/ The Riesling seems to dominate with the petroleum wafts, butalso nice bright yellow flowers and ripe yellow fruits and the signatureof a nice acid backbone. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Lime […]

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USA, Thornton, Viognier, 2007, Bottle Variations, Closures

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This is an absolutely wonderful, if not downright fascinating Viognier.It is also a decent example of a far-too-common challenge facedby winemakers…In the fantastic book “To Cork or not to Cork” by Gorger Taber (which I will post a full review on later) many examples are given that detail bottle-to-bottle variations.The scenes generally play out like this… a […]

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