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Echelon Vineyards Viognier Esperanza Vineyard

Echelon Vineyards Viognier Esperanza Vineyard Wine Details

Description: The 2005 vintage saw optimal conditions with cool nights, warm days and no heat spikes. This kept vine stress to a minimum and allowed time for the large clusters to fully ripen. The Pinot Grigio and Viognier grapes have excellent color and flavors. This is one of the best vintages in the last 10 years.

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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