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Viognier, Hansen Vineyard

Viognier, Hansen Vineyard Wine Details
Price: $22.00 per bottle

Description: The viognier grapes are from Hansen Vineyard, in the Templeton microclimate and El Pomar district of Paso Robles. Attention to detail in every level of this vineyard results in consistently superior quality, and 2004 resulted in a low-tonnage and exceptionally high quality vintage. The grapes were whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented, and aged sur lies for six months in seasoned French oak, to give the wine a gentle perfume of oak without overwhelming its exotic fruit flavors. Tropical and floral aromas are followed by peach and citrus flavors in a creamy yet exotic style that appeals to red and white wine drinkers alike.

Varietal Definition
The most acclaimed white wine grape from France's Rhône Valley, Viognier is a highly aromatic varietal, with a flavor profile that could include peach, apricot, nectarine, lichee, musk and flower blossom. The heady perfume of this varietal is one of its trademarks, although its flavors are sometimes problematic in matching with food. However, it does well with lobster, crab and moderately flavored fish. Use it as an apéritif as an alternative to Chardonnay. The "Rhône Rangers" in California have done an excellent job promoting this varietal.


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