Opening with notes of honey, wet stone and apricots in the nose. In the mouth, this wine has a ripe acidity and medium body with flavors of lemon tart and vanilla bean. A long and round finish leaves you asking, “where’s the sautéed scallops and pureed cauliflower?” to go with this impressionable food-friendly wine.
2012 Gonzales Wine Company ($9)
2013 Alban Vineyards ($48)
The straight 2013 Viognier Central Coast is a smoking value. Mostly from estate grapes (this is the last vintage that will include non-estate gapes) and aged 8-9 months on lees, in tank, it offers classic Alban richness and texture, with plenty of white flowers, tangerine and buttery citrus aromas and flavors emerging from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, decadent and rich, with a blockbuster, heady finish, enjoy it over the coming couple of years.
2014 Yves Cuilleron Condrieu "La Petite Cote" ($50)
La Petite Côte is a complex wine full of peach, apricot and spring flowers. It has a wonderful fresh, crisp minerally cutting edge which brings balance to this ripe and voluptuous wine.