Lovers of big, rich Chards will instantly fall in love with this lush wine, with its citrus and apple flavors and strong mineral component. Elaborate oak adds vanilla and toast complexities, while a great burst of bright, tingly acidity washes over and cleanses the mouth.
One criticism sometimes leveled at botrytis wines is that they’re less reflective of their origins. But this Riesling, despite being sweet and concentrated, still shows the crisp lime and mineral notes characteristic of Eden Valley. Poured over that foundation are layers of honey, dried apricot and ripe peaches, but the strident citrus emerges again on the finish.
Has a pineapple-pear fruity aroma that, with air, takes on a toasted-nut note. The same pleasant notes hang on through the palate and finish. Enjoyable in its understatement, with a smooth, stony-minerally feel. Imported by Negociants USA, Inc.
Nutty and fresh, with youthful citrus fruit enveloped in a dense layer of caramel and vanilla from toasty oak treatment. There’s good density here and a long, flavorful finish that ends on a cashew note. Better after 2011.
Smells like honey and talc powder, and shows Viognier’s typical floral quality most in the mouth. It has the straw/hay quality that I associate more with Semillon, and a flourlike feel. Less weighty than you expect a Viognier to be, too, but shows how nice the variety can be when made with a lighter hand. Imported by Negociants USA, Inc.
Viognier is never this inexpensive, let alone this inexpensive and this good. On the nose, clean citrus notes balance brighter, richer tropical fruit and butter aromas. It’s smooth in the mouth, where bright sunflower and chalk flavors play tug of war with underdog chalk and caramel notes, but it’s so well integrated that it’s hard to say who’s winning. Best Buy.
Light lemon and cream, plus heavy oak aromas lead into a slightly hot, apple-cidery palate. Feels weighty in the mouth—almost gummy—and finishes short, with citrusy accents (particularly lemon). Will please a wide audience.