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Viognier - Sanford and Benedict Vineyard

Viognier - Sanford and Benedict Vineyard Wine Details

Description: Classic viognier nose of ripe tropical fruits, but nicely defined and spicy, staying well clear of the fruit-pie-in-the-face style. Soft but well-focused attack on the palate, with almost as much grapefruit and lime as mango, banana, and papaya. A bracing minerality keeps the opulence in check and the wine lively on the palate.

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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