<table border="0" align="right" width="170"><tr><td><img src="http://www.wineloverspage.com/graphics1/orle0701.jpg" border="1" align="right"></td></tr></table>Orleans Hill 2005 California Viognier ($10.99)
Clear light gold. Peach nectar and vanilla aromas, ripe and full. Luscious texture and a hint of sweetness on the first taste segues to a finish that's more dry and tart, with medium body and a hint of alcohol (it's listed at 13.5%). Pleasant enough if just a bit awkward. It's from the same producers as the no-sulfites-added "Our Daily Red
" featured last week, but the label language "Made from organically grown grapes" indicates that this wine is normally sulfited. (July 1, 2006)
<B>FOOD MATCH:</b> Viognier's heady aromatics call for bold flavors to match, and Cantonese shrimp with lobster sauce made a fine choice.
<B>VALUE:</B> Nothing at all the matter with this affordable price.
<B>WHEN TO DRINK:</B> Viognier in general is not for aging, and this fresh and fruit-forward model is no exception. It will last through the year, but don't cellar it.
Here's a link to the winery fact sheet on Orleans Hill Viognier
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