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Catie's Corner Viognier

Catie's Corner Viognier Wine Details

Description: This is our fourth vintage making Caties viognier and each year we think the wines get better and better. Not only are the vines getting older but our understanding of what we can do in the vineyard and cellar is becoming that much clearer. The tell tale citrus-like fruits of Caties are again evident in this wine. The 2003 is a little more unctuous out of the gates on the pallet but is still nicely balanced by crisp acidity to match with a variety of summer foods. We think shrimp on the grill and a nice chilled bottle of Caties is a match hard to beat. Orange blossom, sweet apricots, and candied orange rind aromas exude from the glass. Richly textured apricot flavors dominate the palate and are accented nicely by white flower nuances. The long floral apricot finish is nicely balanced with crisp acidity.

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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