Their viogniers are the only one in our basement. This one is listed at 14.1% alcohol and cost somewhere around $20-$25.
Clear lemon-yellow color. There's a heavy nose with notes of melon (or at least, that's the best I can come up with) underneath some higher-toned floral smells and some oak, but there's also a sharpness, probably from the alcohol. In the mouth, there's an initial creamy smoothness to it. A thick sensation, with more of the ripe melon flavor. This gives way a bit in the mid-palate to some tartness and minerality. That said, it's a very full-bodied wine. The tart aspect contributes to a nice, clean finish and good length.
It's an interesting wine. There's a big hefty chardonnay-ness to it that might turn some people off. I find the acid and mineral character balance that nicely. It's something of a Dolly Parton wine, but Dolly wearing something that tones her down a bit.
This was my last bottle of the '02 (or at least I think it was). Very nice stuff and it went extremely well with a "Colonial Chicken Pudding" that was a something like Yorkshire pudding with chicken in it.
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