Dick Arrowood’s Saralee’s Viognier is consistently one of the best in California. Dependably ripe in juicy tropical fruit, wildflower, honey and vanilla flavors, it’s balanced with acidity and minerals.
Starts with scents of jammy blackberries and peppery spice, then adds shadings of vanilla and plum on the lush, creamy-textured palate. Finishes long, with echoes of black pepper that gracefully linger, mingling with fruity notes.
Arrowood captures the exotic essence of Viognier, but never lets go of balance, which is so important in taming this unbridled variety. It’s rich in pineapple, papaya and honeysuckle flavors, but dry, with rich acidity leading to a bright, clean finish.
A lovely wine, unique and distinctive. Has the rich creaminess and citrus and tropical fruit flavors of an upscale Chardonnay, but with a nutty, exotic sweetness, like roasted cashews. Very fine, soft and opulent wine.
Nice drinking here, with modulated berry fruit and sizable tannins, which you don’t see that much anymore. Dick Arrowood produced a complex, dry beverage that will complement a wide variety of foods. —S.H.
Here’s a powerful Chard that never loses its sense of balance. It is rich in pear, pineapple and mango flavors accompanied by notes of smoky oak and creamy lees. Feels fat and plush in the mouth.
Rich in blackberry, mocha and oak flavors, soft and lush in approachable tannins, and with a delicious overlay of smoky oak, this is a very good wine, one to drink now and for the next few years. You wish it had a little more concentration, but it’s still a beauty.